Pritchett is a native of Williamsburg, Virginia. Since 1990, Mr.
Pritchett has been a full time storyteller, taking his African and
African-American folktales to hundreds of schools throughout the
country. He enjoys a close, nine-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 also created a classroom presentation called "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. Also, in conjunction with the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting Consortium in Columbia, South Carolina, he has 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 from
Dylan's research in Kansas, Mississippi, and Kentucky. This course
is a huge success.
Dylan's work extends beyond the classroom to museums,
arts centers, historical sites, television and recordings. In addition
to recording several albums of folktales, he has created the voices
of many historical characters on museum recordings and exhibits.
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 Trial Interpretive Center, Museum of the Confederacy,
and a host of others.
Mr. Pritchett has served as a performer and consultant
for a number of historical documents, including PBS' recent Thomas
Jefferson biography. View From the Mountaintop.
More important to Dylan, (pronounced DIE-lan), is
his work on the Board of the National Association of Black Storytellers,
Inc. and the continuing purpose of passing on the African oral tradition!!
For Additional Information:
114 Winter East
Williamsburg, Va. 23188