Virtual Festival

What is included with a Virtual Event Ticket

If you can’t make it to Jonesborough this year, you can still experience the world-class storytelling you have come to know and love from the comfort of your home. The online festival will combine livestreamed sessions from Jonesborough with specially curated content created exclusively for virtual ticket holders. You can enjoy 20+ hours of storytelling over Festival weekend with continued viewing access for up to 14 days following the final show.  

Get Excited

Get excited about the National Storytelling Festival.


Buy A Ticket

One $75 weekend pass is good for your entire household!



Register separately for our pre-festival workshops, Sept 28-29.


Log On

Log on to the Storytelling Festival beginning Friday, Oct 1.



Enjoy 20+ hours of storytelling content at your leisure for up to 14 days beyond the event.


Tag Us

Tag us on Insta and Facebook @StorytellingCenter and share your photos and thoughts using #storyfest.

Virtual Storytellers

Sheila Arnold

Sheila Arnold has been a full-time storyteller since 2003, traveling throughout the country sharing her stories and songs, historic character presentations, Christian monologues, and professional development for educators.  Known for…

Regi Carpenter

Regi Carpenter, an award-winning performer, has toured her solo shows and workshops both nationally and internationally. Carpenter is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and…

Donald Davis

Donald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories, surrounded by a family of traditional storytellers who told him gentle fairy tales, simple and silly Jack…

Josh Goforth

Josh Goforth was already playing piano at four years old, but it was his 6th grade experience seeing Sheila Kay Adams that inspired his interest in his musical heritage.  Master…

Dolores Hydock

Dolores Hydock is an actress and storyteller from Birmingham, Alabama. Her vivacious style fills the stage with wit, energy, and a swirl of characters that bring to life an array…

Andy Offutt Irwin

With a manic, Silly Putty voice, hilarious, heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises, (arguably the greatest in the world), Andy Offutt Irwin has been described as “The Marx Brothers meet…

Mark Lamb

For Mark Lamb, storytelling came as natural to him as country ham on a biscuit. Hailing from Sturgis, Kentucky, he comes from a long line of storytellers – the kind…

Mara Menzies

Scottish/Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies enthralls audiences around the world with stories from her rich dual heritage. Her inimitable physical and interactive style has garnered a following as far afield as…

Daniel Morden

Welsh storyteller and author Daniel Morden has been a professional storyteller for more than 30 years. He has traveled across the world, from the Arctic to the Pacific to the…


A native of Osaka, Japan, Motoko has performed storytelling and mime professionally since 1993. Her repertoire includes Asian folktales, Rakugo and Zen tales, and mime vignettes, as well as personal…

Clare Murphy

Renowned for her wit, verve, and lively physicality on stage, Clare Muireann Murphy has been captivating audiences across the globe since 2006. Born in Dublin, Murphy has performed her story-based…

Debs Newbold

Debs Newbold is an award-winning theater artist based in London and West Yorkshire. She is an actor, director, writer, and performance storyteller working across a range of theater mediums, with…

Ed Stivender

A self-described “full-time daydreamer who moonlights as a storyteller,” Ed Stivender has toured the world since 1981 presenting his one-man shows in Austria, Ireland, New Zealand, Indonesia, and in festivals…

Hiroya Tsukamoto

International acclaimed guitarist, singer, and storyteller Hiroya Tsukamoto transports his audience to another place and time through songs and stories inspired by culture, travel, and the beautiful people he has…


Godfrey Duncan aka TUUP (The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher) is an international storyteller, musician, and poet who was born in London to Guyanese parents. TUUP became a professional storyteller in 1981…

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Separate Ticket Required

Stop Walking on Eggshells: Moving Towards Courageous Conversations Together

September 30 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm

What do you say if someone displays offensive behavior to you or someone else? How do you speak up without putting someone else down or causing division and hard feelings? Conversely, do…

Teller Showcase with Josh Goforth, Elizabeth Ellis, Nestor Gomez, Hiroya Tsukamoto, Geraldine Buckley, & Bil Lepp

October 1 @ 10:00 am11:30 am

Virtual Event Schedule

Check back soon for more information

October 1-3, 2020. There are Pre-Festival Workshops available for purchase on September 29-30, 2020.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, we’re moving our entire Festival online using the latest streaming and community engagement technologies.

The registration link is located directly on our Festival homepage. After entering your information, choose the full event at $50 (most popular), or just specific events that appeal to you.

As you are registering but before you click on checkout, select “register another.”  Then, add in their information and pay for them as well.

Guests who purchase a Festival Ticket will receive a link via email to access the Virtual Festival. You will create and enter your password one time. From there, you can access the Festival schedule, participating storytellers, sponsor information, and lots of extras! You can save link and login as many times as you like with the password you created.

We strongly recommend that you use Chrome as the internet browser on your computer as it will give you the best experience. Safari (Apple), Firefox, and the latest version of Microsoft Edge are other alternative browsers that will work on your computer. If you aren’t sure what browser you are using or if it’s up-to-date you can go here to check:


All Festival events will air live as scheduled (EST) beginning on Thursday, October 1 and will be available until Saturday, October 10 at midnight (EST). This gives you a full seven days to watch anything you might have missed over the weekend.

Once logged into the site, as described above, proceed to the Festival schedule. There you will find two concurrent sets of programming, Stage One and Stage Two (aren’t you glad we gave you extra time to watch!). Once the event starts, you will be able to click on the scheduled item and enjoy the show. Be sure to make it full screen.

The 2021 National Storytelling Festival will take place in Jonesborough on October 1-3 as usual. We can’t wait to welcome you back!

Contact ISC Registrations Coordinator, Marianne Huff at or call 1-800-952-8392 x 283.

There are discounted rates available for 3rd -12th grade student groups and college students. Please contact our  ISC Registrations Coordinator, Marianne Huff at or call 1-800-952-8392 x 283

Most likely, yes, however it ultimately depends on your television. It may require some special hardware such as a cord to connect your computer or laptop to your television, or a casting device such as Google Chromecast or an Amazon Fire TV Stick. For more information on these types of products and how to set up your television in this manner, contact your local tech store such as Best Buy.

1. When you login, you should see the event(s) you registered for on the first screen. Click on ‘Details’ for the event you would like to access.

**If you have used the Magic Link to access your event, skip to step 2.



**If you do not see your event, please double-check again to make sure that you used the same email when creating your account that you used when you registered for the event.

2. You are now in your Virtual Event Home Page. Here you can navigate to ‘Event Schedule’ to preview and add Sessions into ‘My Schedule’, watch the Welcome Video, and download event Resources.





3. In the Event Schedule, you will see all Sessions arranged chronologically. From here, you can Add and Remove Sessions to your Schedule, Filter through the Sessions, or Search Schedule.

***Please note: this is not required, but a nice convenience to save Sessions on your My Schedule area.



5. If you would like to learn more about a Session or view the content, click anywhere on the row to open up to the Session.



6. Within a Session, you can download Materials, click on Speakers to see their Bios, Email, LinkedIn, Phone Number, etc. You can also click Join if your Session is live.



7. To navigate back to the Event Schedule, click on ‘Back to Sessions‘ in the top left corner.



8. To navigate back to the Virtual Event Home Page at any time, click on the Event Title in the top left-hand corner of the page. You can also click on the Menu option to open your Navigation Menu.



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