Charlotte Blake Alston is a renowned African-American storyteller from Philadelphia. She has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, the Women of the World Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, prisons, detention centers and a refugee camp in northern Senegal.She breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. In 1991, Charlotte became the first storyteller to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra on both their Family and Student concert series. Since 1994, she has been the host of “Sound All Around”; the orchestra’s preschool concert series and continues to appear as a guest host and narrator on family concerts. For 6 seasons, Charlotte hosted “Carnegie Kids”, Carnegie Hall’s Preschool concert series and has been a featured artist on the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series in NY since 1996. She has been a featured teller at The National Storytelling Festival, The National Festival of Black Storytelling, and at regional festivals throughout North America and abroad. She is a recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the highest award bestowed by the National Association of Black Storytellers.