Celebrating 21 years of Storytelling Live

Now in its 21st season, the International Storytelling Center’s renowned Storytelling Live performance series features 26 nationally-known storytellers in live afternoon concerts every afternoon at 2 p.m. (Tuesday – Saturday) from May through October. Special events are also offered throughout the season, including evening shows, virtual concerts, and holiday programs.

Kick off the season with bil lepp

Kick off the Storytelling Live Season in hilarious style with this season opener featuring Bil Lepp.
Bil Lepp is a nationally touring storyteller, humorist, comedian, and bearer of other synonyms that mean “funny”. 

Bil Lepp evening concert
Storytelling Live Storytellers

We are excited to welcome 26 tellers from across the world to share their stories. From folktales to personal narratives, cowboy poetry to historical tales, this season showcases a wide variety of artists and styles.

Matinee Concerts
matinee Concerts

Join us for an afternoon matinee concert or attend an evening concert, or a special holiday feature in December. With 26 master tellers from across the country, and abroad, there is always something new to hear!  

Evening Concerts
Evening Concerts

Join us on select weeks during the Storytelling Live season for some exceptional evening performances. Each show is something new! Not suitable for children under 12.

Holiday Shows
holiday shows

Join us this December for various Holiday Shows. Come see Tim Lowry in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or come see the duo of Josh Goforth and Michael Reno Harrell.

Watch Online
watch online

Can’t make it to Jonesborough? Watch Storytelling Live online! Viewing access for the entire household will continue until the following Monday at midnight Eastern time.

get involved

ISC is grateful for all of the volunteers who help during our Storytelling Live season. Meet some new friends and hear some new stories – become a volunteer today!

We Love Our Sponsors
Ballad Health

Thank you to our Premier Sponsor

ISC is grateful for Ballad Health and all of the sponsors who have supported us for the 2023 Storytelling Live season.

Thank you to our friends of storytelling live

In Honor of Vera Rooker

William Anderson

Barbara McBride Smith

Agostinho Fernandes 

Dan & Karol Lynn Johnson

Ann Jarrett Wooten

Claudia Kozinetz

Gordon & Linda Huntress

Tony Seaton

Terry & Sandy Countermine

John & Joy Bolt

Bil Lepp

Donald & Trish Davis