Me and art. And I've just been sort of doing it. I never expected to do it full time, ever. [...] I have been asked to write a one woman play about myself, and my life, and call [it]working title: 'I'm Not Your Preconceived Notion.' And I'm not.”
About Valerie Stephens
The illustrious Valerie Stephens is a proud, native Bostonian whose works come from exploring. Her career as a performing artist and arts educator has crossed national borders, taking her to West Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. Ms. Stephens is a storyteller, singer, actor, producer, and a self-proclaimed “hustler of the arts”. She has acted with the New Africa Company, Underground Railway Theater, and Company One. A product of an era of funk as well as radical Black love and resistance, Ms. Stephens weaves her love of history into her work, blurring the line between art and activism. She also pours into Boston youth through museum, school and library programming, and events like Princess Day: Celebrating Little Girls of Color held in Roxbury, instilling confidence, teaching little known history, and challenging young people to embrace their creativity. Her vocal and storytelling works include NINA & Hip Hop, The Mammy Diaries, Women of the Village among others.