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Creative Enrichment Programs ~ Interactive Workshops & LOL 4 Real!

(A wellness experience)


Storytelling workshops & performances

Oni Lasana Productions seeks to affirm all communities, communicate values, enhance cultural sensitivity, and inspire meaningful interaction.

 "Storytellers ought not to be too tame. They ought to be wild creatures who function adequately in society.  They are best in disguise.  

If they lose all their wildness, they cannot give us the truest joys."  

Ben Okri

Performing & Teaching Artist Storyteller ~ Poet ~ Wellness

Oni specializes in Paul Laurence Dunbar's spoken word, folktales from around the world & historical re-enactments. Modern day stories on the adventures of living, loving & learning.

Discover a  program to enrich & uplift your school, community, theater,  library, festival, organization, family reunion or special event.



"The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise" - Maya Angelou

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Doin' Dunbar as 'Lias' Mother

'Lias' Mother is a fictional character from one of Dunbar's most well known poem, "In The Morning".  This poetic storytelling connects Dunbar's southern dialect prose to a monologue of pathos and humor.  Inter-active, musical one-woman play tells unforgettable stories of family and friends during the American Civil War.


Presenters: People's Light & Theater Co.,  Mercer Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, African-American Museum of Philadelphia, National Association of Black Storytellers, many Universities, Middle Schools, Conferences, Festivals, Family Reunions and more. 


'Lias' Mother is a mother like no other!


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ALWAYS FREE! A Juneteenth Celebration

Elias' mother, Mary Ella Grandberry is on a speaking tour.  She tells true stories about her life before and after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 in America.
Authentic enslaved African narratives are re-told with the spoken word of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the music of Sweet Honey In The Rock.  
Historic Kennett Square, 

presented 

ALWAYS FREE! - A Juneteenth Celebration 

June 15, 2019

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HARRIET TUBMAN, Her Story

 Since 1995 Oni presents as Harriet Tubman for American Heritage Student Tours, Inc., schools and historical societies throughout Pennsylvania.


Oni delivers a first person narrative, as Harriet Tubman. Telling in Harriet Tubman's own words, as Harriet told her life story to autobiographer, Sarah Bradford.


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A DREAM COME TRUE

It's up to you! 

Stories & poetry for a new generation on Dr. King's life and legacy.

A soulful tribute to the Civil Rights movement of peace and justice ever known in modern history.  

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THEE STORYTELLER!

THE MANY MUSES OF ONI LASANA 

Storyteller & Poet

Presented

 by

Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild Family Series

November 15,  2020 Sunday @ 2pm 

@

The Legendary Godfrey Daniels

Bethlehem, PA

More Information

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1 ST PLACE @ The New Jersey Storytelling Network Festival's Story Slam 2016

Grounds For Sculpture, New Jersey

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FEATURED TELLER @ The National Association of Black Storytellers Festival & Conference 

Cincinnati, Ohio 2008


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AUNTY ANANSI

Oni Lasana as "AUNTY ANANSI" (as known in the Caribbean) re-tells the timeless folktales of Anansi the spider from Ghana, West Africa. 


 Resident storyteller at Miss Marcie's Preparatory Academy, Black Rock, Tobago 2019 & 2020 

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NANA AESOP

NANA AESOP re-tells Aesop's fables with a twist! 

Photo: A workshop on Aesop with the student at Agnes Irwin School, Rosemont, Pennsylvania

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DOWN ON THE FARM WITH GRANNY GOOSE

Stories, songs, music & highly interactive fun down on the farm! Highlights the Children's poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar and more!


Perfect for pre-schools to 3rd grades

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LOL4REAL! A Wellness Experience

Laughter Yoga...laugh your way to wellness! 

Certified by Dr. Madan Kataria's Laughter Yoga method. 

Oni brings the joy of this practice to your organization, school, festival or community.

No floor work or mat needed.

 

Great ice-breaker for the young & young at heart!


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MAMA EARTH

Stories to grow on! 

Songs, animal & human tales on the 

conservation of our beautiful planet earth.  


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DUNBAR WORKSHOP

Brother Dunbar Poetry & Performance workshop is published in this book and meets the National Standards NCTE: 1.2.3.4.5.6.8.9.11.12  

A  one day in classroom or 8 weeks artist-in-residence program for elementary to university students. 

Sister Wings, Spoken Wordsongs, Bass & Beats

SISTER WINGS CD & PERFORMANCE POET

Original & classic poetry, with Oni on bass guitar. Spoken word like ya never heard!

 Interactive. Sister Circles. Conferences. 

Sister Wings soars on Sound Cloud, ITunes, Apple and all musical digital platforms.

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VIDEOS & POETRY & STORIES, oh my!

Iconic Author, Prolific Poet & Professor Nikki Giovanni invited Oni to rap Paul Dunbar's "We Wear The Mask"  in this book, Hip-Hop Speaks To Children.


Also, hear Oni with Nikki's rendition of Gwendolyn Brooks "We Real Cool" and a rap of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech. All in this award winning audio book "Hip Hop Speaks To Children."


See the video & find out more about it, 

because as we know....

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GIRL FRIENDS !

Meet & Greet - Grand Openings - Nursery Rhyme Sing-a-longs & one of a kind photo opportunities with  Nyota Kungaa  aka "Star Shine" 

After her beauty nap, Nyota shows up and shows out with Granny Goose.


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INTERVIEWS

 

  • Sam Payne of The Little Apple Seed Radio Show
  • Healthy Haiku Radio with Dr. Imani Maat 
  • Sounds of Jazz & Poetry with Clay "Big Trigger" Corley, Jr

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APPLAUSE & KUDOS

 ~ Reviews & Recommendations ~

From visionary & very cool presenters,

 the most memorable, are here.

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Who is ONI LASANA?

Sketch by Miles of Coatesville, PA

*!* Life by divine inspiration *!*

Adventures in music, arts and culture. 

Check out Her Story.

 "The purpose of art is not just to show life as it is,

but also to show life as it should be" - Paul Robeson 


~ Affiliations ~

Art-Reach Encore Artist


Keepers Of The Culture, Inc.


Patchwork, a Storytelling Guild


Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild


National Association of Black Storytellers  


ASALH

 Association of African American Life and History 

(founded by Carter G. Woodson, creator of Black History Month)


AAIHS

African American Intellectual History Society. 


LIYANA ~ a story to love & support

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Storytelling ~  Theater ~ Language Arts ~ Music ~ History ~ Wellness

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Coatesville & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tobago, West Indies Voicemail - Text - Messenger 484.885.0153