Featured Storytellers

Sheila Kay Adams

Seventh generation ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams hails from a Western North Carolina mountain community, and delights in passing on the rich musical heritage and stories of her ancestors.

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.

Noa Baum

Born and raised in Israel, Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller who uses her art to build bridges of peace and understanding. Her stories, drawn from diverse cultures but primarily from her own Jewish heritage and personal experience, highlight our similarities, celebrate our differences, and encourage curiosity, awareness, and acceptance.

Adam Booth

Adam Booth’s storytelling blends traditional folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. His original cinematic style, both humorous and touching, is influenced by generations of diverse storytellers from West Virginia.

Simon Brooks

Born in England, Simon Brooks was raised on traditional tales. His work as a storyteller began in 2003, and since then, he has taken his powerful performances all over New England and the U.S.

Geraldine Buckley

Known primarily for personal stories that make people laugh and think, Geraldine has an eclectic background filled with adventures.

Len Cabral

Len Cabral is an internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been enchanting audiences with his storytelling performances at schools, libraries, museums and festivals since 1976.

Alton Chung

Japanese-Korean storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung grew up with the stories, superstitions, and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands. This gives him a unique perspective when telling stories of Hawaii, of WWII Japanese-Americans, and Asian folktales.

Ivan Coyote

Called a “natural-born storyteller” by Globe and Mail newspaper, Canadian artist Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of 12 books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music.

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 tales, scary mountain lore, ancient Welsh and Scottish folktales, and most importantly, nourishing, true-to-life stories of his own neighbors and kin.

Carmen Deedy

Carmen Agra Deedy is the author of 12 books for children, including The Library Dragon, The Cheshire Cheese Cat, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and 14 Cows for America, a New York Times bestseller. 

Diane Ferlatte

From humble beginnings on her grandparents’ porch in Louisiana listening to neighbors and family swap stories, lies, and tales, Diane Ferlatte has become a global storyteller sharing stories and songs worldwide, performing in a multitude of countries on six different continents.

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.

Bill Harley

Bill Harley is a songwriter, storyteller, author, performing, and recording artist. Recipient of two Grammy awards, Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of American life.

David Holt

David is a four-time Grammy Award winning musician, storyteller, artist, historian, and radio and television host, who, for more than 45 years, has collected and performed the songs and stories of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He plays ten acoustic instruments, including banjo, slide guitar, harmonica, bones, and spoons.

Beth Horner

Noted for her spirited stage presence, comic sensibility, and warm, energetic style, Horner’s tales run the gamut from a tour-de-force take-off on Edgar Allan Poe to the poignant, powerful story of a WWII soldier; from a bawdy romance novel satire to her 96-year old father’s humorous philosophy on aging as he signs on for a Life Management Skills class.

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 of personal stories, medieval adventures, oral histories, and literary classics.

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 Eudora Welty.”

Kevin Kling

Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories.

Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp’s family-friendly tall tales and stories have earned the appreciation of listeners of all ages and from all walks of life.

Tim Lowry

Audiences across the country enjoy storyteller Tim Lowry, as he mixes stories from American History with a variety of folktales and personal narrative.

Barbara McBride-Smith

Barbara McBride-Smith grew up in Texas, was educated in Massachusetts, raised her family in Oklahoma, and finally settled down in Tennessee.

John McCutcheon

Folk music’s Renaissance man, incredible instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist, and author, John McCutcheon is an award-winning recording artist with a storytelling style compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor.

Clare Murphy

Renowned for her wit, verve, and lively physicality on stage, Clare Muireann Murphy has been captivating audiences across the globe since 2006.

Jay O’Callahan

When Jay O’Callahan takes the stage, he single-handedly transforms it into a dynamic and sensitive world filled with compelling characters.

Sam Payne

Sam Payne has brought his stories – punctuated with music that critics have called “jazz-inflected folk” – to Canada, Bulgaria, Tokyo, and from coast to coast in the U.S., including the Kennedy Center.

Antonio Sacre

Born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish-American mother, Antonio Sacre is an internationally touring storyteller, author, and solo performance artist.

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 across the U.S.  Known for his delightful mixture of whimsy, wit and wisdom, he invites his audience into an interactive dance of the imagination.

Dovie Thomason

Dovie Thomason (Lakota/Kiowa Apache) is a beloved First Nations storyteller. In her original stories, she weaves historical facts, personal experiences, humor and vivid imagery to promote understanding and respect.

Twin Poets (Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha)

Not many who have witnessed a performance or have read a poem by twin brothers, Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha would deny that they have seen or felt the power.

Donna Washington

Donna Washington has traveled the world since 1989 sharing her stories and presenting workshops about the inextricable link between storytelling and literacy.

Megan Wells

Megan Wells’ telling is time travel at its best.  With exquisite language she takes listeners into deep mind cinema, bringing worlds alive. Her telling is passionate, soulful, and warm with humor.

Workshops

Noa Baum

Born and raised in Israel, Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller who uses her art to build bridges of peace and understanding. Her stories, drawn from diverse cultures but primarily from her own Jewish heritage and personal experience, highlight our similarities, celebrate our differences, and encourage curiosity, awareness, and acceptance.

Elizabeth Ellis

Designated an American Masterpiece Touring Artist by the NEA, Elizabeth Ellis grew up in the Appalachian Mountains hearing stories from her grandfather, a mountain minister.

Lyn Ford

A nationally recognized and award-winning fourth-generation storyteller, author and educator, Lyn Ford shares folktale adaptations, spooky tales, and original stories rooted in her family’s multicultural African-American Appalachian (Affrilachian) heritage. 

Kim Weitkamp

Kim Weitkamp is an award-winning storyteller, humorist, singer, and songwriter who shares her original stories and songs at theaters and festivals throughout the U.S.

Special Guests

Fred Haise

A real American hero, Fred began his 20-year NASA career as an aeronautical research pilot and served as backup crew for early Apollo missions.

Rev. Robert Jones

Robert B. Jones, Sr. is an inspirational storyteller, singer, instrumentalist, and visual artist celebrating the history of American Roots music.

Susan O’Halloran

Susan O’Halloran is a story artist, writer, television personality and keynote speaker who has been covered by such media outlets as PBS, ABC Nightline, The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Connie Regan-Blake

One of America’s most celebrated storytellers, Connie Regan-Blake has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people with her powerful performances.

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