Artistic Highlights Resume


Professional Experience


  • Penumbra Theatre
  • At the Foot of the Mountain Theatre
  • Illusion Theatre
  • University of Minnesota Theatres
  • One woman shows in Ohio, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Minnesota of historical figures:
    • Winnie Mandela
    • Rosa Parks
    • Ida B. Wells
    • Sojourner  Truth

Master Storyteller:    

  • Jonesborough, Tennessee

Featured Storyteller in:

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Rochester, New York
  • Hampton, Virginia                 
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • St. Thomas, VI
  • Accra, Ghana, West Africa
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Smithsonian Cultural Festival in Washington, DC.

 Professional Memberships

  • Black Storytellers Alliance
  • National Association of Black Storytellers
  • National Storytelling Network
  • Northlands Storytelling Network

 Community and Civic Activities

  • Appointed to Hennepin County Extension Committee
  • Board Member Northway Community Trust
  • Plymouth Avenue Green Team
  • Minnesota Science Museum Blacks in Science exhibits Advisory Committee
  • Former Trustee of New Bethel Baptist Church – Minneapolis
  • Former adult advisor to the award winning, nationally known community choir, Excelsior Choral Ensemble
  • Former Secretary for Women in Service to Education (WISE) Board, Iota Phi lambda Sorority
  • NorthWay Community Trust Board
  • North Side Agencies, Inc
  • Northside Residents Redevelopment Council Board (NRRC)
  • Co-Founder of Black Storytellers Alliance

Awards Received

  • Ruby Dee Award for acting by the Twin Cities Committee for the Contributions of Black Women to the Twin Cities
  • Artist award/Comedy by the Minnesota Black Music Awards
  • City of Minneapolis Volunteer Award
  • National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. (NABS) First Place winner of the “Tall Tales” Contest
  • Gamma Tau Soror of the Year Award;
  • Ndugo Award for presenting the 3-day storytelling festival, “Signifyin’ & Testifyin’’ in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan community
  • Zora Neal Hurston Award – highest award given by National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.

Additional Information


Nothando and husband Vusumuzi Zulu, have produced an Annual Black Master Storytelling Festival, “Signifyin’ & Testifyin’” in Minnesota for the past 28 years and hosted the 28th Annual National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc, (NABS) “In The Tradition…” Festival and Conference, November 2010 in Minneapolis, MN.