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Debra Mims

Storyteller from Burtonsville, MD Will travel up to 100 miles

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  • Member Since 2011
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Debra Mims is from Detroit, Michigan and has lived in the Washington D.C. area since 1995. She has been an actress for over twenty-five years and an arts producer for PBS for thirteen years. Debra was trained as an actress dancer and arts lover and earned a BFA in acting from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan. She has performed with the Children's Theater in Madison, Wisconsin and with the Detroit-Windsor Dance Company. She began performing with Young Audiences of D.C. in 1996 and with Young Audiences of Maryland in 2000. These programs were developed to give children as well as adults an opportunity to learn about African-American history and literature by using drama. Ms. Mims has been awarded Outstanding Solo Artist for 2004, 2008, 2010 by the Maryland State Arts Council. Previous performances have included: The National Theatre in DC, Decatur House, Sewall Belmont House, Maret School, in Washington, DC, Enoch Pratt Library, Reginald Lewis Museum, Walters Art Museum The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore City and County Schools in Baltimore, MD, First Philadelphia Charter School, Philadelphia, PA Nightingale-Bamford School, New York City References available upon request PROGRAM OFFERINGS My Grandmother Told Me Debra Mims' grandmother used to say, "If you don't know where you've been, how you gonna know where you're going?" In this tribute to African-American women from slavery to the present, as Grandma Sally Kathryn, Ms. Mims tells the audience where they've been, and gives them the confidence to make decisions as to where they are going. With stories about Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, as well as first-person narratives of women through the years, the audience leaves this presentation with a new found respect, not just for African American women, but for all people who have the courage to stand up for their beliefs. Debra Mims' grandmother used to talk about the importance of education. She would say, "You get that education, 'cause it's something that no one can ever take away from you." Ms. Mims remembers hearing stories about how some of her relatives escaped slavery. She says, "Many years later, I still feel my granny's spirit talking to me and inspiring me to share the histories of African-American women. I know that I'm a storyteller too, and that's why I want to tell children the stories that My Grandmother Told Me. (Special restrictions may apply for this program in Maryland)Length:45 minutes Grandma's "Cautionary" Tales Once again, Grandmother Sally Kathryn Mims returns to tell stories her grandmother told. This time she tells an entertaining mix of ghost, folk and "cautionary" tales found in Africa, African-American and Caribbean literature. The stories engage the audience in an entertaining and interactive style. Most importantly, the audience learns a lesson from the stories. These programs are suitable for schools, libraries and community groups, for African American History and Women's History Month programming. (Special restrictions may apply for this program in Maryland) Length: 30-45 minutes Grandma's Good Time Stories Stories and songs for the little ones ages 2-5. Length: 30 minutes Grandma's Tales of Anansi The Spider This program features stories from African and Carribean literature of Anansi The Spider. The stories impart a lesson that the young ones can easily grasp. Length: 30 minutes Debra can also create programs that will adjust to your needs.


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Review by Catherine G.

MeetingReviewed on June 12, 2020From Edgewater, MD

Debra was enchanting. We hired her to tell stories for a K-12 Scout troop virtual "campfire" meeting. Her content was perfect for the age spread! She was so engaging and we were all riveted, even though we were only meeting via Zoom! She made me want to experience her storytelling for adult audiences sometime soon. She has an incredible gift, and it was so special having her share stories that have been handed down in her family for generations. She is a true Maryland treasure!

Review by John D.

School AssemblyReviewed on November 4, 2014From Silver Spring, MD

Review by Linda M.

School AssemblyReviewed on August 6, 2014From McLean, VA

A great storyteller. Great interaction with the children. Can't wait to hear her again.

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Past Events

June 12, 2020 • Meeting
Fri6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Edgewater, MD
April 26, 2020 • Celebration
Sun1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Baltimore, MD
February 26, 2020 • School Assembly
Wed10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Washington, DC
November 10, 2017 • School Assembly
Fri8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Crownsville, MD
August 7, 2017 • Community Event
Mon1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Alexandria, VA
October 23, 2016 • Halloween Party
Sun3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Alexandria, VA
June 5, 2016 • Anniversary Party
Sun7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Upper Marlboro, MD
May 25, 2016 • School Assembly
Wed5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Baltimore, MD
April 19, 2016 • School Assembly
Tue5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Halethorpe, MD
May 30, 2015 • Community Event
Sat5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Upper Marlboro, MD
November 4, 2014 • School Assembly
Tue10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Silver Spring, MD
August 30, 2014 • Birthday Party (Kids)
Sat6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Odenton, MD

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