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."
The International Storytelling Center is a nonprofit organization and the premiere educational, arts and cultural institution dedicated to building better lives through the art of storytelling.
It is our organization’s goal to inspire and empower people everywhere to capture and tell their stories, listen to the stories of others, and use storytelling to produce positive change.
Secure Your Spot for the National Storytelling Festival
Purchase your festival tickets before March for the best price and immerse yourself in a world of captivating narratives and enchanting performances. Don’t miss out on the early bird savings – book your tickets now!
Become a Friend of Storytelling Live
The 2024 Storytelling Live season is almost here! The very best way to experience the season and support ISC’s work is by becoming a friend of Storytelling Live. We offer five different levels of support, each of which comes with special perks and privileges.
Scenes from the 2023 National Storytelling Festival
Thanks to everyone who attended the National Storytelling Festival in person or via our livestream! We’re sharing a few of our favorite photos from the weekend on the ISC website. Take a peek into our signature event and learn why Jonesborough is called the Storytelling Capital of the World.
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.