Donna Washington, DLW Storyteller Inc.

Donna Washington, DLW Storyteller Inc.

Donna Washington is a professional author, storyteller and multicultural folklorist who has been sharing stories for over twenty-six years. Her amazing vocal pyrotechnics and dynamic physicality make her stories come alive and enthrall and delight audiences from four to one hundred and four. She has been featured at numerous festivals, schools & libraries theaters and other venues around the world including Argentina, Canada, Hong Kong, Peru, South Korea, Taiwan and all over the United States.

She is a multiple-award winning artist with nine CDs and is an accomplished author of four children’s books. She has won Stortyelling Wold Awards, Parents’ Choice Gold & Silver Awards, Children’s Music Web Awards and  NAPPA Awards.

Donna presents a wide variety of tales from many different cultures. She offers a range of multicultural folktales, personal narratives and stories of her own creation. Her school shows are grade specific and are targeted to students based on their age & cognitive & emotional development.

Recommended shows are grades K-2nd , 3-5th , 6th, 7-8th, 9-10th and 11-12th

Find out more about Donna at


  2 Haggis Court, Durham, NC 27705



From Anansi to Zeus

Program description

Telling multicultural folktales is an amazing way to introduce students to different cultures, learn story structure, boost vocabulary, and enhance pre-reading skills. Storytelling fosters imagination, creativity and is a great jumping off point for writing exercises, and discussions about elements of story from character motivations to rising action. Professional storyteller and author Donna Washington presents age appropriate story sets to all of your students from Kindergarten to high school that comply with the Common Core and North Carolina Educational Standards. There are perfect stories for all age groups from Anansi the Spider to Zeus! Donna uses dynamic language, energetic expressions and vocal pyrotechnics to bring these stories to life. So, strap yourself in for a wild, fun, entertaining, educational, interactive ride!

Booking / scheduling contact

Dave Klibanow

   (919) 471-3036

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Storytelling
Cultural Origin: African, American, Asian, European, Middle Eastern, Multicultural, Other
Program type: Assembly/Performance, Professional Development, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020

Available times:


Length of program: 45 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Single hand held microphone with stand, stool or chair, room temperature bottle of water.


Occurs at the school

Fees / Ticketing:

Fees are $700 for one 45 minute set, $900 for two, $1100 for three, $1300 for four, plus lodging costs the night(s) before the show(s).

We also give block booking discounts for multiple shools that book together. Discounts vary based on the number of schools & number of shows per school.



NC Standard Course of Study:

 College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading Literature Storytelling is an ancient form of communication that is the basis for all literature whether it is fiction or nonfiction. Live storytelling helps students learn how to scope and sequence, visualize language, story structure and develop predictive abilities. All of these skills are necessary in order to develop strong comprehension skills. The stories presented during the sessions can be found in various forms of literature to include poems, short stories, novels and satires. The storyteller refers the students back to these other texts and encourages them to consider how the stories they heard are different from the texts. Key Ideas and Details Standard 1: K-5 Standard 2: K-5 Standard 3: K-5 SUPPORTS READING Standard 10: DEFINITELY   PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS: FOUNDATIONAL As a storyteller, I have been invited to foreign countries because they’ve discovered that storytelling is a great way to help English Language Learners develop fluency, rhythm, and conceptual language much easier with storytelling. The same is true for kids learning to read out loud in English. Storytelling is a great model of phonetic awareness. Word Recognition Standard 3: K-5 Vocabulary Acquisition and Use Standard 4: K-5 Standard 5: K-5 Standard 6: K-5

NC Essential Standards:

 ARTS STANDARD: Storytelling is the oldest form of art. Without it there is no frame on which to hang dance, theatre, song or ritual. Donna Washington is a traditional teller who does not use any sort of props other than her pyrotechnic voice, malleable face, and animated gestures. Theatre Arts Standards Kindergarten K.C.1, K.C.1.1, K.C.1.2, K.C.1.3, K.C.1.3, K.C.2, K.C.2.1, K.C.2.2, KA.1., K.A.1.1, K.A.1.2, K.AE.1, K.AE.1.1, K.AE.12K.CU.Q, K.CU.1.1, K.CU.12, K.CU.2.1 First Grade 1.C.1, 1.C.2, 1.A.1, 1.AE.1, 1.CU.1, 1.CU.2 SECOND GRADE 2.C.1, 2.C.2, 2.A.1, 2.AE.1, 2.CU.1, THIRD GRADE 3.C.1, 3.C.2, 3.A.1, 3.AE.1, 3.CU.1, 3.CU.2.1 FOURTH GRADE 4.C.1, 4.C.2, 4.A.1, 4.AE.1, 4.CU.1, C.CU.2.2 FIFTH GRADE 5.C.1, 5.C.2, 5.A.1, 5.AE.1, 5.CU.1.1, SIXTH GRADE 6.C.1, 6.C.2, 6.A.1, S.CU.1.1, 6.CU.2.1, B.CU.2.2 7TH GRADE 7.C.1, 7.C.2, 7.A.1, 7.CU.1.1, 7.CU.2.1 8TH GRADE 8.C.1, 8.C.2, 8.A.1.2, 8.CU.1.1, 8.CU.2.18.CU.2.2 R.E.D STANDARDS: Stories provide more than just entertainment. There are many important and interesting lessons hiding between the words and images. They give us insights into human behavior, our responsibilities to each other as well as ourselves and help us laugh while we are Readiness/Exploratory/Discovery RED.SE.1, RED.SE.2, RED.SE.3, RED.C.Q, RED.C.2, RED.CR.1, RED.CR.2, EEE.SE.1, EEE.SE.2, EEE.SE.3, EEE.C.Q, EEE.C.2, EEE.CR.2, P.SE.1, P.SE.2, P.SE.3, P.C.1, P.C.2, P.CR.3, EI.SE.1, EI.SE.2EI.SE.3EI.C.1, EI.C.2, EI.CR.1, EI.CR.2, I.SE.1, I.SE.2, I.SE.3, I.C.1, I.C.2, I.CR.1, I.CR.2, HEALTH EDUCATION: Storytelling provides a fun, safe and powerful way for students to evaluate actions, emotions and behavior. Allegory, fables and traditional tales have always had the ability to make us look at our own behavior from a sideways perspective. It is not uncommon for students to believe that they are alone or that they are the only person experiencing certain emotions or fears. Donna Washington uses stories to help all students laugh while still cutting to the heart of the importance of realizing that how we treat each other is paramount to creating the world around us. HEALTH EDUCATION K.ICR.11.MEH.1.1, 1.MEH.1.2, 1.ICR.1, 2.MEH.1, 2.ICR.1, 3.MEH.1.1, 3.MEH.2.1, 3.ICR.1, 4.MEH.2, 4.ICR.1, 5.ICR.1, 6.MEH.3, 6.ICR.1, 6.ICR.2, 6.ICR.3, 7.MEH.1, 7.ICR.1, 8.MEH.2, 8.ICR.1, 9.ICR.1


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: If a show is cancelled because of inclement weather. It will be rescheduled for a mutually agreeable future date. If a show is cancelled because of illness of the performer (this has not happened in 29 years. I’ll show up unless I’m dead) the deposit will be refunded or the venue may reschedule the show. If the venue cancels the show, they have the option of rescheduling, but the deposit will not be returned.