Virtual Festival

Virtual Event Information

We are presenting a virtual National Storytelling Festival this October so 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 be held October 1-2, 2021. You can enjoy 20+ hours of storytelling over Festival weekend with continued viewing access for 14 days following the final show. We’ll be announcing more details about the event and line-up in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned!

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 14 days beyond the event.


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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

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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

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Virtual Festival FAQs

October 1-2, 2021. The Virtual Festival can be watched for 14 days after the Festival ends.

Yes. You can participate in Virtual Workshops in the week leading up to Festival.  They require a separate ticket from the Virtual Festival ticket. We’ll be announcing more workshop details in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned!

By putting a name and email address for each person you wish to receive a video link to the Virtual Festival in the “Add a comment about your order” box on the checkout page in our webstore or by calling us at (800) 952-8392.

You will receive a link to the Virtual Festival in an email from just before the Festival begins.  It will contain your “Magic Link” to the event. Once you receive the link, you can create an account with your email and a password. From there, you can access the Festival schedule, participating storytellers, sponsor information, and lots of extras! You can login as many times as you like with your email and 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 Virtual Festival events will air live as scheduled (ET) beginning on Friday, October 1 and will be available until Sunday, October 17 at midnight (ET). This gives you a full 14 days to watch anything you might have missed over the weekend. There will be two concurrent sets of programming for the Virtual Festival, 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. When the show ends, you can still watch it as many times as you like until October 17. If you do not get to watch a show at the time it first plays, you can watch the show later. 

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.

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

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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