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.
Holiday Shows are Here!
Join Lowry for his beloved show, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, as he brings to life the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future along with Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim. Or come see Regi, Andy, and Bil in there new holiday variety show featuring stories, songs, and plenty of holiday cheer!
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.