Philadelphia, PA 19138, US

(267) 225-2541

Denise Valentine, Storyteller

Welcome to Roots & Wings Storytelling!

Storytelling Performance, Workshops, Consulting

Live Performance!

Denise Valentine storytelling at the Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2017)

The Storyteller's performances have been enjoyed by audiences of all ages at hundreds of schools, libraries, museums and community events. 

Her career highlights include: 

Sibikwa Theatre in Benoni, South Africa

Ananse SoundSplash Storytelling Conference and Festival, Jamaica, West Indies

Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival on the Hudson River, New York, NY

Lawrence Arts Center and 

the Lied Center of Kansas, Performing arts center of the 

University of Kansas for the National African American Quilt Convention, Lawrence Kansas

Featured Teller for the The National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. 34th Annual “In The Tradition …” 

Black Storytelling Festival and Conference, Philadelphia, PA., 

Adopt-a-Teller Program, New Orleans LA and Hampton VA

America's 400th Anniversary, Children’s Pavilion, and Godspeed Landing Party Festival at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA

National Storytelling Network’s 2010 Conference “Many Stories, One World” 

All Regions Concert representing the Mid-Atlantic region, Anaheim, CA,

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture Concert: (DIS)PLACED Music & Tales of Home, Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA

Perelman Building, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Assembled Events

Historical Performance

Denise Valentine portraying Sojourner Truth at African American Museum in Philadelphia (2016)

 The storyteller is also a historical performer and has portrayed Sojourner Truth and Phillis Wheatley and Black Alice of Dunks Ferry at venues such as The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park.   

Ask me about Story Tours of Historic Philadelphia, available by appointment.




Storytelling Workshops may be adapted for emphasis on cultural, reading or historical literacy, character development and/or oral performance for Youth, Educators, Inter-generational groups. 

Ask me about custom programs.

Video: Kinan Abou-afach: Of Roads and Homes

(DIS)PLACED: Philadelphia | Expressions of Identity in Transition is an initiative of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture exploring the theme of displacement across Philadelphia’s diverse communities. .   The world premiere in Philadelphia featured: Kinan Abou-afach - cello, Issam Rafea - oud, Hafez Kotain - percussion, Shannon Lee - violin, Veronica Jurkiewicz - viola; Ken Ulansey - clarinet, and Matt Engle - bass, with Denise Valentine - narrator 

Purchase the CD: Of Roads and Homes | Music by Kinan Abou-afach

 Philadelphia-based Syrian composer KINAN ABOU-AFACH took inspiration for his composition from the stories of the 12 individuals and their families profied in (DIS)PLACED: Philadelphia | Expressions of Identity in Transition is an initiative of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture.

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Video: Philadelphia Assembled: Atmosphere-Reconstruction


A walkthrough of the Reconstruction Gallery of the Philadelphia Assembled Exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Denise Valentine, filmed in December, 2017 by Matin Lucas.

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Denise Valentine, Storyteller

(267) 225-2541