Building a Better World
- Boston Globe
"The small audience hangs on every word,
sound, and gesture of the storyteller on stage.
Under her spell, we wait, gasp, and exhale as one."
“From all over America,
people came to Jonesborough
just to hear stories. ”
- New York Times
“…where thousands of the faithful
gather to take part in one of
humankind's most satisfying rites. ”
- Los Angeles Times
“For what New Orleans is to jazz. . .
Jonesborough is to storytelling. ”
- The Boston Globe
“[Lepp] goes for the funny bone.
He stuffs his hands in his pockets
and leans back as he nonchalantly
lets drop the zinger to his tale. ”
- U.S. News and World Report
“The old-fashioned art of storytelling
has become a 21st century sensation. ”
"Building a Better World Through Stories."
We believe in a better world through the power of storytelling.
The International Storytelling Center is open and we look forward to welcoming you back! The safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain our top priority and continue to guide our decisions. During this transitional time, we will monitor the latest regulations and safety guidelines as released by state and regional health officials and agencies as well as expert consultants, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will take appropriate actions as necessary. We appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor the evolving CDC Guidelines as they apply to our events.
National Storytelling Festival
We are presenting a virtual National Storytelling Festival this October so you can still experience the world-class storytelling you have come to know and love from the comfort of your home. You can enjoy 20+ hours of storytelling over Festival weekend with continued viewing access for 14 days following the final show.
Facility Rental Space Available
Space at the newly renovated International Storytelling Center (ISC) is now available for rent for your special events, including weddings, parties, retreats, presentations, meetings, and conferences. Our facilities include the 14,000-square foot Mary B. Martin Hall, the surrounding plaza and courtyard, and a three-acre park that skirts the grounds. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains in the state’s oldest town, ISC’s scenic surroundings include tree-lined streets and traditional brick sidewalks. Our facilities are located along Main Street, a well-preserved thoroughfare with quaint shops, historic homes, and cozy bed & breakfasts.
Ready for a closer look? Make an appointment to tour the facility or drop in any time during regular business hours.
The International Storytelling Center (ISC) is located in the heart of downtown Jonesborough. The ISC campus consists of the historic Chester Inn, the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, the ISC gift shop, and the Jimmy Neil Smith Storytelling Park.