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Almeta Whitis

Almeta Whitis

Category: Theatre Arts


Almeta Whitis is a storyteller, writer and teaching artist, whose life work involves exploring, presenting, and honoring cultural connections. A member of Just Poets, her poem was featured in Le Mot Juste 2012. She has taught elementary, middle school, and high school teacher, and was a faculty member of SUNY Brockport’s Department of Theater. As Chair of ALLOFUS Art Workshop’s Dance Department, a community outreach program of Memorial Art Gallery and University of Rochester, she expanded a once weekly dance class of eight children to a full program serving over 450 children and adults. In 2000, National Endowment for the Arts and Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation awarded her “Most Skilled and Experienced Community Artist”-Artists and Communities: America Creates for the Millennium. In 1993, she received from Governor Mario Cuomo the Decade of the Child Award for “her valuable sensitive work with the children and families of New York State”.


Grades K-Adult
300 for Performances
Length 45 minutes
Cost $410 for Single Performance, $660 for Two Back to Back Performances; $470 for Evening or Community Event. Contact YA Office to plan Residencies.

Technical Requirements

Artist will arrive 30 minutes before performance. Please provide a microphone, comfortable seating, and accessible access to performance area.



Overview of Programs

Harriet Tubman Pays a Visit
In a dynamic, character performance, Ms. Whitis brings Harriet Tubman to life. This preeminent conductor of the Underground Railroad is portrayed for student audiences through a series of historical vignettes drawn from actual life experiences in her fight for freedom, and equal rights under the Law for Blacks. Grades 4-12

Our Differences? Celebrate Diversity!
The United States of America has become a more diverse and inclusive nation. This program explores historical and current trends, and changes in society that have been impacted or created by immigration. The performance focuses on the importance of creativity, self-awareness, and inner motivation in order to build appreciation, and foster open, honest communications that are necessary for living peacefully together in a multi-racial and multi-ethnic society. PreK-12

Stories from the Black Worlds
A program to celebrate diverse cultures of the African Diaspora through stories, songs, riddles, folk tales, poems, and legends. Using wonder, magic, mystery, and humor, Ms. Whitis captivates the imagination of students while engaging them in an interactive storytelling experience. Grades K-6