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.
The Featured Teller Lineup is Here!
We recently announced the featured teller lineup for the National Storytelling Festival in October. Take a look at what we have planned, including workshops, pre-festival events, ghost stories, and more. Tickets are on sale, with a variety of options for day passes, weekend passes, and standalone events.
Watch in Jonesborough - or online!
Storytelling Live performers represent the finest talent available in the world of storytelling — presented in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the storytelling capital of the world. You can see tellers at our theater in Jonesborough or online with a virtual ticket. From folktales to personal narratives, cowboy poetry to historical tales, this season showcases a wide variety of artists and styles.
Volunteer at the National Storytelling Festival!
Volunteers do more than just dedicate their time – they help further our mission, share the power of storytelling with the community, and are advocates for the arts in Jonesborough, Northeast Tennessee, and Appalachia.
Meet New Voice Mo Reynolds
As a “New Voice” this year, featured teller Mo Reynolds plans to dazzle her audience with braided personal stories and traditional tales. Learn more about Mo and what you can expect at her performances in our latest Festival Preview, an ongoing series.
Enter to win a hand-sewn 50th anniversary quilt
Support our mission in a new, fun way by purchasing tickets to our Festival raffle! Headlining an array of prizes is a beautiful hand-sewn quilt that was made to commemorate the Festival’s first 50 years. (The Flying Geese Triangle pattern includes swatches from past festivals!)
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.