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Kristine Maitland - historian, producer, and performer – is the founder of The Many Black Histories, producing presentations, social media and print content, and performances that look at Black history from a global perspective, covering topics from the Middle Ages in Europe to World War II and beyond. stories of her Grandmother and her family factor in greatly.
She was fascinated by storytelling and puppetry at an early age. As a child, great storytelling, theatre, and puppeteers factored greatly: The Puppetmongers, Poculi Ludique Societas, and David Anderson of Clay and Paper Theatre- all played a role
She trained in storytelling and puppetry through the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in the Intergenerational Project. and Toronto Public Library (TPL). In the 1990s, She wrote the scripts for two puppet shows still in use in TPL today : Tug of War and Ashung Meets a Ghost.
Past venues for tales of her own life include: at the Tranzac Club (through Raconteurs), Gladstone Hotel (Tindertales), Buddies in Bad Times (through Mayworks Labour Arts Festival), Nathan Phillips Square and Metro Hall (through TPL), the 519 and the Now Magazine Lounge (TBN).