Since 1987 N.W. Storyteller/Actress Debbie Dimitre has been entertaining, inspiring, and educating audiences of all ages with her historical and dramatic storytelling presentations. In costume and by the glow of her kerosene lamp, Debbie brings to life women and young girls in American history through story and first person portrayals in a style that is uniquely her own. Some of her portrayals include such women as Harriet Beecher-Stowe, Nellie Bly, Eleanor Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, Grandma Moses and Rachel Carson just to name a few.
Debbie has performed for schools, Community colleges, Churches, libraries, book stores, historical societies, philanthropic and service organizations, professional women's groups, retired teachers, as well as numerous retirement communities. She has performed for the Seattle Folklife Festival, served on a board of the Seattle Storytellers Guild, been a member of and performed for the Biblical Storytellers Network and facilitated women's retreats.
While her family says that she has been telling stories her whole life, what piqued Debbie's interest in women's stories 30 years ago was not just her love of theater but her awareness that her children's school books were practically void of information about the contributions, courage and bravery of uncounted mothers and daughters in American history. Thus she set about to create a series of one woman presentations. Through careful research and drafting of dramatic and historically accurate scripts, Debbie is able to bring to life these women's stories in very entertaining and engaging ways.
As a theater major at both University of Oregon and Portland State University over 45 years ago, Debbie never imagined that she would one day have a one woman production that would take her all over the Pacific N.W. and beyond.
A resident of Kirkland, Washington, wife, mother of three adult children, and a grandmother, Debbie says she feels blessed to be living her dream!