Master storyteller will be telling tales at Harbourfront Theatre

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SUMMERSIDE – Harbourfront Theatre will welcome Parent's Choice Award winning storyteller Donna Washington, Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m.

Donna Washington

Born into an army family in Colorado Springs, Washington, travelled all over the world with her parents and learned Arthurian Legend and Greek Mythology from her father, an avid teller of tales who had young Donna convinced he was thousands of years old and had actually been with Merlin and Oedipus.

She later attended Northwestern University and was involved with numerous theatrical productions. It was at this time that storytelling re-emerged as something she wanted to learn more about. In the four years she was there, she began to make storytelling a central part of her performance life.

Her first writing project was an anthology entitled "A Pride of African Tales," released in December 2003. It received rave reviews from the American Library Association Booklist and the School Library Journal and was nominated for the Pennsylvania 2005-2006 Young Reader's Choice Award. Her subsequent works have included "The Story of Kwanzaa," "A Big Spooky House," is a wonderful book to read aloud at Halloween and "Li'l Rabbit's Kwanzaa," published by HarperCollins Children's Books.

She received a 2002 Parent's Choice Award for her first independent recording "Live and Learn: The Exploding Frog and Other Stories." Her second CD, "A Little Shiver", won the 2004 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and 2005 Storytelling World Honors. "Fun, Foolery, and Folktales", her third release, also won the 2004 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and a 2006 Storytelling World Honors. Her fourth CD "The Sword and The Rose" has won an iParenting Media 2005 Excellent Product Award, a 2005 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and a 2006 Storytelling World Award. All of her CDs have won 2005 Children's Music Web Awards.

Washington has performed at thousands of schools and libraries and numerous storytelling festivals throughout the country. She has also been featured at numerous storytelling festivals including the National Storytelling Festival, the Illinois Storytelling Festival, the Three Rivers Festival, the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, the NC StoryFest, the Corn Island and Cave Run Festivals in Kentucky, and the Broward County Children's and Ocala Storytelling Festivals in Florida.

These days you can find her travelling the continent at festivals, conferences, schools, and libraries telling stories and giving workshops for anyone who is willing to listen to her.

Tickets are on sale now at the box office and harbourfronttheatre.com.

Organizations: Harbourfront Theatre, American Library Association Booklist, School Library Journal Pennsylvania 2005-2006 Young Reader Big Spooky House HarperCollins Children Three Rivers

Geographic location: Illinois, St. Louis, Kentucky

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