Dylan Pritchett is a native of Williamsburg, Virginia. Since 1990, Mr. Pritchett has been a full time storyteller, taking his African and African-American folktales to hundreds of schools throughout the country. He enjoys a close, nine-year, professional association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he performs and leads workshops for teachers on using storytelling in the classroom.
Drawing on his experience in historical research, he has also created a classroom presentation called "Scraps of History," which uses real documents from the 18th and 19th centuries to weave African-American history into the fabric of the American past. Also, in conjunction with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Consortium in Columbia, South Carolina, he has developed a five-week course teaching middle school students how to write and present stories of women and children, black and white, that lived during the Civil War era. Students are lead step-by-step through the creative process using primary and secondary documents from Dylan's research in Kansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky. This course is a huge success.
Dylan's work extends beyond the classroom to museums, arts centers, historical sites, television and recordings. In addition to recording several albums of folktales, he has created the voices of many historical characters on museum recordings and exhibits.
One of his favorite assignments is researching and presenting real-life characters from our nation's past for such prominent institutions as the Smithsonian Museum, Colonial Williamsburg. Anacostia Museum, Monticello, Gunston Hall, Meadow Farms Museum, Valentine Museum, National Oregon Trial Interpretive Center, Museum of the Confederacy, and a host of others.
Mr. Pritchett has served as a performer and consultant for a number of historical documents, including PBS' recent Thomas Jefferson biography. View From the Mountaintop.
More important to Dylan, (pronounced DIE-lan), is his work on the Board of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. and the continuing purpose of passing on the African oral tradition!!
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Williamsburg, Va. 23188