Valentina Ortiz

"A prominent storyteller in Mexico and the world, she is a peerless ambassador for our country´s oral tradition as she tells her stories in English, Spanish and French. In 2015, NAO selected Valentina Ortiz as the recipient of our Cenzontle award for her methodology of community healing stories."
Beatriz E. Falero y Martínez, CEO Narradores Orales de Santa Catarina.

"From the moment Valentina takes the stage, you take notice! She is vibrant, joyful and engaging. Her stories, her intent, her connection to and love of her Mexican cultures shine; she takes you to times and places that are both far away and very close."
Robin Bady, storyteller, arts educator, curator of the BadyHouse Storytelling Concert, NSN 2012 Emerging Artist Award.

"Valentina knows how to bring an indigenous story alive with joy and meaning for all audiences. Totally entrancing, her tales are supported by drums and songs as she introduces audiences to the poetic beauty of a world of spirit, power and compassion."
Laura Simms, storyteller and author. CHOICE award, Sesame Street SUNNY DAYS Award, NSN Life Time Achievement Award.

"She is the joyous embodiment of the stories she tells."
Loren Niemi, storyteller and author, Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, NSN Life Time Achievement Award.

Recent Events 2023

“Stories as a process of healing and empowerment community and personal”

July 28 / 7 p.m.

Aula Magna José Vasconcelos, National Center for the Arts


“Stories of Juanito the lizard, stories of migration”

July 29 / 12 p.m.

Spain Cultural Center, Mexico City.


“Raul Gamboa” Theater

August 1 to 3 / 5 to 8 p.m.

Potosino Institute of Fine Arts San Luis Potosi, Mexico.


“Oral Narrative Workshop”

August 11 / 7 p.m.

Hand to Hand, Salem, Oregon.


“The Beyoutiful SheTurtle”

August 27 / 9:30 pm

Rumah Dongeng Mentari, Indonesia.


“Animal stories”

August 19 / 2 p.m.

Woodburn Public Library, Oregon, USA.


"Mexico as a Family: Stories and Dances”

August 31 / 7 p.m.

Bungalow Theatre, Woodburn, Oregon, USA.


“Wooden Stories”

September 16 / 1 p.m.

Reading Garden Los Pinos, Mexico City.


“Wooden Stories”

September 17 / 12 pm

Environmental Culture Center 2nd Section of the Chapultepec Forest Mexico City


“VI International Meeting of Oral Narration”

October 19 to 29



"XII International Storytelling Festival"

November 19 to 26

Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacan, Mexico.



Stories and songs about the Magdalena River, Valentina Ortiz put these together after working with the caretakers of the Dinamo forest in Mexico. It is a playful production, with a serious message: we need to take care of trees and water.


Based on Mexico´s ancient indigenous knowledge, Valentina wrote three stories that honor Love and Mother Earth. The sounds of prehispanic type instruments weave around her voice as she sings and speaks the words of tradition in English and in Mexican indigenous languages.


Revestidos con los sonidos de instrumentos prehispánicos, Valentina entrega tres cuentos de su autoría donde honra la tradición indígena mexicana. Es una producción hermosa que invita a la introspección con olor a hierbas y sabor a maíz tierno.


Short stories combine with original salsa songs about women and the night life of Mexico City. It was created with the women of Casa Xochiquetzal, an asylum for elder sex workers, and it was recorded by the best of the Mexican salsa world.