Mentor | Storytelling, Songs, Movement, and Theatre
Using storytelling, songs, movement, and theatre games, Almeta Whitis is known for fostering meaningful exchanges between people within a safe and culturally inclusive learning environment. A former performing arts professor, she has worked globally with diverse communities of children and adults of all ages and received many awards for her artistry. Ms. Whitis earned a BS with honors in Development Planning Economics (1976), a Certificate of Organizational Management (1977) from SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY and brings a wealth of professional and personal expertise in the areas of the arts, cultural competency, diversity appreciation and staff development. She founded Chanticleer Productions in 1993, an arts-in-education consulting company after years of work experience with not-for-profit, educational, cultural, arts, correctional, spiritual, therapeutic and corporate institutions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Her arts, educational and development/training experience includes work as a writer, actress, singer, dancer, director, producer, storyteller, choreographer, public and community television producer and show host, classroom teacher, assistant university professor, arts-in-education consultant, creative consultant, community education consultant, community artist, teaching artist, arts administrator and entrepreneur. She continues to write, direct, implement and facilitate theater performances and storytelling concerts in New York State.