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."
Happy New Year!
2019 was an especially rewarding and productive year for us at the International Storytelling Center. Building on the foundation of our applied storytelling programs, we expanded our youth outreach and launched an important storytelling initiative. Check out some of our highlights in the 2019 Year in Review. Cheers to 2020 and a New Year full of stories!
Lyrics and Lore
Lyrics & Lore was designed so that any individual can experience songwriting and storytelling! Join us along with the Dollywood Entertainment team and BandTwango as we bring together the beauty and inspiration of songs and stories to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. Featuring storytellers Andy Offutt Irwin and Geraldine Buckley + hit songwriters Deana Carter, Beth Nielsen Chapman and more…
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.