Historical Characterizations, Storytelling and Folktales

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Guy Peartree

PO Box 301818, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Telephone: 857-345-9071


Guy Peartree:

Guy Peartree has been telling stories since 1989. He performs historical characterizations of Frederick Douglass, William Brown and George Washington Carver; as well as folktales from around the world. Guy Peartree also writes his own tales and believes the task of the writer and the storyteller is the same:
"To let the voices of our culture and imagination speak."

Guy Peartree has performed in museums, colleges, schools, churches and libraries throughout New England and the country. He brings a love of folklore, writing, and history to the craft of storytelling and employs storytelling to motivate children to write creatively.

His storytelling is signatured by engaging characterizations evoked through voice, pantomime and dialogue. His historical portrayals are faithful to the folkloric elements that broaden and enliven history.

Born in North Carolina, Mr. Peartree is African-American with a mix of Cherokee. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and Linguistics from University of Massachusetts and a Masters in Religious Education from Andover Newton Theological School.

Presentations and Fees:

Performances (Subject to Adjustment)
$1,000-$4,000 for first 60 minute performance

$500-$750 for 45 minute library performance

$300-$600 for additional performances/same day

$2,000-$4,000 and up for theater performances with lighting, costumes and props

Plus site specific researched references and play adaptations.

School Assemblies & Residencies

$500-$1000/ first assembly

$300-$600 for additional performances same day

$1,200-$2,000/day for residencies

Teacher Workshops

$500-$1,000 for first teacher workshop

$300-$600 for additional workshops same day



"You did a real service for your audience and for the cause of American history. You enthralled us all with your recreation and dramatization of Douglass' life." -- Dennis O'Tool, Director, Strawberry Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH

"Wonderful!... the presentation was professional. I want my students to have the opportunity to hear Mr. Peartree."" -- Teacher, at conference performance and workshop

"He is wonderful storyteller, and he had his audience spellbound from the start." -- Mary Johnson-Lally, Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA

Selected Appearances:







Guy Peartree program flyer PDF click here

Frederick Douglass -- one man play by Guy Peartree flyer PDF click here

Guy Peartree media reviews PDF click here

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Guy Peartree: Historical Characterizations, Storytelling and Folktales

Programs Description

Frederick Douglass -- one man play by Guy Peartree

Teacher Guide, Links and Resources

George Washington Carver -- one man play by Guy Peartree

Photographs and Press Kit


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