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 FACILITY IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED.
Our physical location is temporarily closed through April 6, 2020. The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. While closed, our mission of improving lives through storytelling endures, and we are working on digital performances, interviews, educational content, and other programs. Visit our Stories page, listen to our StoryVault podcast, watch our You Tube videos from past festivals, and continue to tune in.
Socially Distant. Digitally Connected.
Feeling connected is vital to our collective health. In these uncertain times, we must rely on the power of story and community as a force for good. As we all do our part to flatten the curve and slow Covid-19, our team is working on developing content to keep our audiences digitally connected during necessary social distancing. Read this message from ISC President Kiran Singh Sirah.
Season tickets are on sale now!
Our signature concert series, Storytelling Live! is a six-month showcase of the nation’s top storytelling talent. Season tickets include admission to 26 matinee performance, one each week, from May through October – a 52% savings over regular adult admission!
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.