Traditionally, Africans have used proverbs and oral storytelling as a primary method by which elders bestowed pearls of wisdom, shared deep knowledge of culture, passed down family history as a preservation of legacy, and taught social practices. These narratives provide entertainment and are experienced as folktales, myths, fables, epic histories, common sayings, and legends. But they are also purposed to inform, educate, persuade and teach values much as theatre today informs, widens our perspectives, and helps us better understand our world. Join us in conversation with Dael Orlandersmith, Martha Redbone and Jillian Walker as we explore how the power of proverbs and oral storytelling has inspired and/or informed the artistry of each of these gifted playwrights and how these narratives have shaped their experiences as Black women. This talk will be moderated by Brennie Tellu.