Ventriloquist, musician, composer, and performer Valerie Leonhart Smalkin was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers as well as the head puppeteer of the Emmy award-winning television program It's Kindertime on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2. Val’s CD, A Gentle Halloween, received a Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff award in 2015, and in 2016 her follow-up CD, Sing! Sing! Sing!...and Dance!, garnered a Parents’ Choice Approved award. Her current CD, Love Bug! received a Parents’ Choice Recommended award.
Her book Springtime Dance took gold in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in 2014. As a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council grant for solo non-classical performance in 2015, and for solo theatre performance in 2016, and again in 2019, Val continues to perform and compose music designed for the 2 to 10-year-old set. As a ventriloquist, Val performs for family and educational events in Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York City, California, Cap d’Antibes, France, and Brussels, Belgium. As a jazz chanteuse Val performs with the occasional puppet and the Silverback Jazz Quintet in Baltimore, Maryland.
Valerie Leonhart Smalkin
Co-President: The Children's Music Network
Advisory Board Member www.TAFFYPresents.org
Award-winning artist, Valerie Leonhart Smalkin and Silly Goose present energetic song-filled performances, populated with a magical array of puppets, bold-voice talents, and contagious dances that will surely get you and your little ones up, moving, and laughing together. A recipient of Maryland State Arts Council Grants for theatre performance and non-classical composition, Val and her friends will delight the child with and in you!
Val’s CD “Love Bug!” received a Parents’ Choice Recommended award, her previous CDs “Sing! Sing! Sing!...and Dance” and “A Gentle Halloween” received Parents’ Choice awards as well.