MEET AUNT PEARLIE SUE

Artistic Director, Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater

 

Aunt Pearlie Sue is the creation of Anita Singleton-Prather, a native of the Sea Islands of Beaufort, South Carolina. Based on her grandmother, Aunt Pearlie Sue's character has entertained audiences with Gullah-flavored folktales for over 20 years from the schoolhouse to the White House.

In addition to being a renowned master storyteller, Prather is an educator, historian, business woman, writer, singer, actress, and director/producer.  She is the founder and artistic director of the musical performance group the Gullah Kinfolk. As a storyteller and singer, Prather has performed at many festivals, the Beaufort Gullah Festival, Penn Heritage Days Festival, Woodlands Festival, Spoleto USA  International Arts Festival in Charleston, SC and San Francisco Festival of the Sea, just to name a few .

Her original movie, My Man Done Me Wrong, along with other film projects, has been a part of the film festival circuit to include the Jamerican Film Festival, Kingston, Jamaica; Capitol City Black Film Festival, Austin TX; Black Hollywood and San Francisco Film Festivals, California. She has appeared in the Hollywood film Forrest Gump and on television's Food Network Channel Holiday special, Christmas Across America, hosted by Rachel Ray.

 In addition to her participation in many SCETV educational documentaries, Prather wrote and co-produced Tales from the Land of Gullah and Circle Unbroken: Gullah Journey from Africa to America, filmed with the nationally acclaimed Gullah Kinfolk, broadcast nationwide on PBS and featured on her award-winning DVD. She is also co-producer, writer and featured storyteller on Gullah CDs and DVDs. She  partnered with South Carolina Educational Television to create an award-winning interactive website on their children’s Knowitall.org/gullahnet that features her animated character.  

Prather created a traveling museum exhibition around her animated character. This 20,000 sq. ft. exhibition originated at one of the nation’s top children’s museums, the Children’s Museum of Houston, Texas, in 2007 and has been touring since throughout the United States and Canada. It was estimated, that over a million young people have been introduced to the Gullah culture through this interactive exhibition.

Anita is a curriculum coordinator for the “Education of Gullah Culture Through the Arts”.  She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Howard University, a master's + 30 degree in education from the University of South Carolina and has continued doctoral studies in educational administration and curriculum design.

Through her Gullah heritage, Prather continues to be a “Keeper of the culture,” creatively entertaining and educating audiences around the world of all ages and nationalities about the rich unique African experience in America.

Credit: Ron Smalls 

AWARDS

  • Aesop Fables Award, National Associations of Black Storytellers

  • South Carolina Jean Laney Folk Heritage Award

  • Preserving Our Place in History Award, South Carolina African America

  • Heritage Foundation

  • Rosalie Pazant Gullah Education Award

  • Brandyfoot Award

  • CIVITAS Tourism Award

  • Induction into 1862 Circle, Penn Center

  • Entrepreneurship Award, Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce

  • Emmanuel 9 Educational Support, South Carolina Women of Vision 2019

  • Community Service Award, Lands End Woodlands River Fest

 

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

  • World Bank Performance, Washington DC

  • United Nations Performance September 2016 UN Headquarters, New York City, NY

  • Arts Midwest Fest 10-week Tour

  • Villanova University Performance

  •  The Connections Project Tour South Carolina (5-city tour) & Barbados, West Indies

  • Festival of the Sea, San Francisco

  • Black Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

  • Jamerican; Kingston Jamaica  

  • San Francisco Black Film Fest

  • Capital City Black Film Fest, Austin TX

  • Children's Museum of Houston, 20,000 sq.ft. Interactive Gullah Exhibit 2007- present 

  • Chicken Dinner Money story listed on Top 10 Radio Chart

  • Award-winning SCETV Children's website: www.knowitall.org/gullahnet

 

MEMBERSHIPS & BOARDS

  • Original Gullah Festival, VP

  • Beaufort County Accommodations Tax Board

  • ASCAP American Society of Composers, Authors

  • National Storytelling Network

  • National Association of Black Storytellers

  • Founder/ Chairperson Historic Beaufort SC Sea Island Holiday Celebration

 

BUSINESSES

  • Aunt Pearlie Sue & Singleton’s Catering

  • Not for Slim Only Plus-size Fashion Shows

  • Total Gullah  Experience Event Planning Consortium

  • Broadway in Da’ Backwoods Productions

  • ASE’-Gullah Education, LL

MISSION

The Mission of Gullah Kinfolk Traveling Theater is the preservation, advancement and promotion of the Gullah Culture through non-profit artistic productions, performances and educational programs. 

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This website was made possible through the support of the South Carolina Arts Commission.