Dr. Celes Tisdale is a professional actor, a published poet, a national and international storyteller, and a lecturer on the arts and culture. Tisdale grew up mostly on Buffalo’s East Side, and in his lifetime he has taught in a variety of contexts, including the Buffalo Public School System, a creative writing program at Attica State Prison, and the University at Buffalo, where he is now a Professor Emeritus (English).

Tisdale has published an anthology, Betcha Ain’t: Poems from Attica, and We Be Poetin’, We the People. He served as the executive director of the African American Cultural Center of Buffalo, and it was during his tenure that he named the institute’s theater after Paul Robeson. He was a recipient of a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Buffalo’s “Man of the Year” Award, and Buffalo and Erie County Arts Council Artist of the Year. He has also been acknowledged by Young Audiences of Western New York with an Outstanding Artist Award.

Art Forms:
Ensemble,Literary

Programs

Folklore Workshop

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Encourage diversity with this presentation of world stories and poems which help students accept and appreciate differing ethnic backgrounds.
Grade Level:
PreK-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

Poetry & Storytelling Workshop

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Explore the oral storytelling tradition through both traditional works, and pieces written by the artist. As an actor, Celes Tisdale makes poetry come alive for students while encouraging their own self-expression.
Grade Level:
PreK-12
Audience Limit:
30
Workshop cost (back to back):
$196.00

From Africa to America

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A poetic performance and historical overview of the African and African-American experience. The artist presents literature from ancient Africa as well as modern poetry.
Grade Level:
PreK-12
Audience Limit:
200
Performance cost (single):
$430.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$590.00

Yet, Do I Marvel

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Celes Tisdale holds his audience spellbound with a fanciful collection of stories and poems presented in the oral tradition. He emphasizes the commonality of the human experience in cultures around the world.
Grade Level:
PreK-12
Audience Limit:
200
Performance cost (single):
$430.00
Performance cost (back to back):
$590.00