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Find  a Teller

Meet Some of Our Storytellers

The Griots’ Circle of Maryland is a membership organization which is open to all storytellers and story lovers.  We are not a booking agent but provide information about some of our members who are performing storytellers. This listing is not an endorsement.  The event organizer should  contact tellers directly and get further information if you want to hire them. In this way, you can ensure that the storyteller you choose is a good fit for your needs. Fees, expenses, and contract requirements will vary and are to be settled between the teller and the event organizer.

Ophelia Brown-Carter

410-483-6425 / 410-236-9555

Her friends know her as Val, the storyteller.  She shares some of the great African and African American folktales and stories.  She performs for children and families in churches, libraries and community venues in the Baltimore area.

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Janice Curtis Greene


Janice Curtis Greene has delighted adult and youth audiences at various churches, schools, colleges, libraries, hospitals, and festivals throughout the United States.  She has been telling African, African American and Multicultural stories for over 25 years.  She is also known for her portrayals of historical African American females such as Harriet Tubman and Mother Mary Lange.  In 2022, Governor Hogan appointed her as Maryland's official griot. 

Renee Spears Emanuel


Renee is a gifted storyteller whose tales, songs, and poetry have captivated audiences. Her warm, personable style engages children of all ages, adults, and seniors and sets the stage for mutually enjoyed interactions between her and her listeners. Renee has performed at libraries, schools, conferences, and on public television. She accepts in-person, virtual, and hybrid engagements and will travel.

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Gordon Parks


When he is telling stories, Gordon Parks is known as Soorah.  He performs folklore, historical stories, cultural tales in live, virtual and video presentations to young children, adults and families.  He is a master storyteller and workshop presenter who performs locally in Baltimore.

Martha  Ruff


Her storytelling friends know her as Sista' Martha.  She shares stories from Africa, the Caribbean and the tales of African Americans.  The audiences of all ages are drawn to Sista' Martha's call and response style.  She performs in person, virtually and  video in Baltimore; Laurel & Hagerstown, Maryland, DC, Virginia and beyond.

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Patricia Gaye Smart


Known as Griot Me-Momma May'et, Patricia is a storyteller and writer of folktales, biographies and African/African American stories and poetry.  She involves her audiences of all ages through their eager participation in song and  playing of provided percussion instruments.  Patricia performs in person or virtually and will travel. 

Bob Smith


Bob Smith is an actor and storyteller whose talent is seen on stage, television and movies.  He performs in living history productions as Benjamin Banneker and Paul Laurence Dunbar as he "Brings Them Back Alive".  Bob's shows have been presented throughout the Mid-Atlantic states.

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Edna Williams


Everyone knows her as Sacred Griot Grandmother Edna who strives to preserve our legacy and tell our story.  In Baltimore, she has received the Mary Carter Smith Legacy Award and other community citations.  She tells stories, presents workshops and presentations on the African American quilt tradition.  Her audiences are all ages and she is a local and national performer. 

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