Valerie Smalkin

Multidisciplinary, Multidisciplinary Art, Music / Sound, Performance, Theatre

Awards Received

Individual Artist

2015, 2016

In this world of deepening problems, I continue to dedicate myself to music, comedy, ventriloquism, and puppets because they are my gift to give. They are the best I have to offer my community and children's music, in particular, offers perfect opportunities for community-building. I see again, and again, at my performances people of all stripes who join together in their love of children!
 My artistic goal, then, is to continue to create moments of musical joy for as long as I am able.

About the Artist

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 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. Since 2017 Val has been the Co-President of The Children’s Music Network made up of 400+ performers, teachers, librarians, music therapists, parents, and children from around the world who celebrate the positive power of music in the lives of children by sharing songs, exchanging ideas and creating community. She is also the Maryland Governor of the Indie Collaborative, a networking association for industry musicians and professionals.

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Featured Work


Booking Price: < $500

Silly Goose & Val are experienced performers and can craft a show (outside with social distancing, or virtual) to suit your needs.
Single: $350
Back to Back: $600
Travel: $.50 per mile
Call Val: 410 458-3326

We provide our own equipment.

We limit ourselves to two shows a day. For shows starting before 10 AM in Washington, Allegheny, Garrett, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's, Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, or Worcester counties, overnight accommodations will be required for the evening before the performance.

Dave Kinnoin: 818 203 8020
Beth Osborne, Children's Librarian, Carroll County: 410 386 4480
John Weaver, Librarian, Menlo Park CA: (650) 330-2540