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Griot Narrators
Recorded Books Griot imprint features popular fiction, classic tales from award-winning authors, and thought-provoking nonfiction.

Griot offers 12 new titles each quarter to help libraries meet the growing demand.

Recorded Books’ meticulous casting ensures the finest African-American performers are chosen to narrate Griot audiobooks, actors like Peter Jay Fernandez, Kim Staunton, Robin Miles, and Peter Francis James.

Donna Bailey Narrator Donna Bailey has been a professional actor for more than 20 years. She has appeared in plays, films, and TV. Donna has written dozens of stories which she has performed as a storyteller at various clubs and concert stages in the New York City area. She is also a voice-over actor for TV and radio commercials. spacer Denise Burse Narrator Denise Burse, a native Atlantan, earned a BS from Spelman College and an MA from Atlanta University. Ms. Burse is a working actress now living in New York. Her performances have garnered her a Theatre World Award, an Audelco Award, and a listing in Outstanding Young Women of America. She has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in many regional theatres. Film and television credits include many daytime dramas and prime-time evening series.

Caroline Clay Narrator Caroline Clay has appeared in New York, regionally and internationally as a stage actress for over 10 years. In addition to television appearances on Law & Order and in a short film produced by Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule company, she is heard on the internet in a theatrical version of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, starring Ruby Dee and produced by the SciFi Channel. spacer Peter Jay Fernandez Narrator Peter Jay Fernandez holds a B.F.A. from Boston University School for the Arts. He has regularly appeared on television in Cosby, Law and Order, and Violet Fields. Film credits include Funny Valentine and Cotton Club. Peter Jay Fernandez was a cast member of the Broadway national tours of Jelly’s Last Jam and One Mo’ Time. He has played Off-Broadway in many productions of Shakespeare’s plays, and has had various roles in regional theaters across the country, including the Hartford Stage, ACT in Seattle, and the Cleveland Playhouse, where he was also director for its production of Richard III.

Patricia R. Floyd Narrator Patricia R. Floyd began acting as a teenager and went on to earn a theatre arts degree from Michigan State University. Since then, she has moved into directing, writing, and producing. She has appeared in numerous stage productions, film, and TV shows including The Chris Rock Show, Reading Rainbow, and All My Children. spacer Dion GrahamNarrator Dion Graham has performed on and Off-Broadway and internationally in films and several hit television series. Critically acclaimed, his performances and narrations have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.

Marc Damon Johnson Narrator Marc Damon Johnson is an accomplished actor in stage and film productions. A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, he has appeared in many regional theaters. In New York he has performed at the Signature Theatre, The Acting Company, Lincoln Center, and the New York Shakespeare Festival. On television, Marc has had parts in many shows including Law & Order and The Sopranos. He appeared in the film Sweet and Lowdown, directed by Woody Allen and starring Sean Penn. spacer Peter F. JamesNarrator Peter Francis James began his narrating career by working on Jacques Cousteau films. He has done the voiceovers and narration on all Cousteau projects distributed in the English-speaking world. Whether he is narrating rollicking children’s books, romances, or gripping sagas, Peter Francis James’ melodic, reassuring voice turns these works into marvels of language and images. Library Journal praises his ability to make the printed page sing: “James creates a piece of chamber music out of the subtly varying cadences of Southern Black speech.”

Robin Miles Narrator Robin Miles is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale School of Drama. Her TV appearances include NY Undercover, and One Life to Live. She has performed on stages in New York City and in many regional theaters. Robin is also an Associate Professor of Speech and Dialects at SUNY Purchase Conservatory. spacer Susan Spain Narrator Susan Spain has appeared on stages in New York City, across the U.S., and in Europe. Performances includes roles in an international production of The Best of Broadway and a staging of Little Shop of Horrors at the Smithsonian Institure’s Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. She has also appeared in Hair.

Kim Staunton Narrator Kim Staunton received her training at the Julliard School. She has played principle parts in major films including Heat, Amos and Andrew, and Deceived. On television, Kim has appeared in many series, including One Life to Live, Law and Order, As the World Turns, and Runaway. On Broadway, she was in The Piano Lesson, and her Off-Broadway credits include Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night. This talented actress has worked in many regional theaters: The Arena Stage, The Folger Theater, The Hartford Stage Company, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. AudioFile praises her narrations, saying, “Staunton speaks with a smile in her voice.” spacer Myra Lucretia Taylor Narrator Myra Lucretia Taylor is an actress and a singer. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in movies, at the White House, and in London and Stratford-Upon- Avon as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company
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