Dylan Pritchett – What Makes a Great Storyteller?

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What Makes a Great Storyteller?

Dylan Pritchett is a native of Williamsburg, Virginia. Since 1990, Mr. Pritchett has been a full-time storyteller, taking his African and African-American folk tales averaging over a hundred schools annually throughout the country. He enjoys an twelve-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 created two classroom presentations; “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 and “Bringing History to Life” which teaches students how to research, write and tell heir own personal and unique family stories.

Also, in conjunction with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Kennedy Center, and The Satellite Education Resource Consortium in Columbia, South Carolina, he 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 to help the students conceptualize, write, learn and tell their individual story. Dylan offers a 3- or 5-day residency variation of this course in teaching students how to research, write, and tell their own personal family story about their Grand or Great-Grandparents!!! Teachers love it because of it’s integration across the educational objectives in various curriculums, oral presentation emphasis, enhancement of the student’s personal growth and the added merger with the arts!!

Dylan’s work extends beyond the classroom to museums, arts centers, historical sites, television and recordings. In addition to recording several albums of folk tales, 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 Trail Interpretive Center, Museum of the Confederacy, and a host of others.

Dylan, (pronounced DIE-lan), is honored to presently serve as President of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. and it’s mission, and continuous purpose, of passing on the African oral tradition to future generations! He is also proud of his award winning children’s picture book The First Music published by August House.

More on this Dylan Pritchett the storyteller at http://www.yourfavoritestorytellers.org/dylan.html


  • By Verne Brown, November 15, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

    Hi Dylan,

    Thanks for a great NABS conference. I am looking forward to 2014 !

  • By valerie fauntleroy, January 17, 2016 @ 8:57 pm

    Good evening,
    I am interesting in having a storyteller for an event i am having. I have had Mr. Pritchett before. Please email me a dontact no.to discuss the availability of someone for my event

    Thank you
    Valerie fauntleroy

  • By Dr. Colita Nichols Fairfax, May 23, 2016 @ 11:18 am

    Mr. Pritchett, I’d like to speak with you about participating in our event in Hampton on Saturday, August 20th.

  • By Christina Peterson, October 10, 2016 @ 1:13 pm

    I actually saw you speaking years ago at my sons elementary school. I would love to have you present at my elementary school for black history month.

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