Celebrating 20 Years of Storytelling Live

Now in its 20th season, the International Storytelling Center’s renowned Storytelling Live performance series features 28 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 workshops, evening shows, virtual concerts, and holiday programs. 

Series Kickoff with Bil Lepp

Storyteller Bil Lepp is kicking off the Storytelling Live season on April 27 with two shows. This event sells fast so get your tickets now! 


We are excited to welcome 28 tellers from across the world to Jonesborough 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

Storytelling Live performers represent the finest talent available in the world of storytelling — presented in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the storytelling capital of the world. Join us for an afternoon matinee concert or attend an evening concert, or a special holiday feature in December. With 28 master tellers from across the country, and abroad, there is always something new to hear!  

Evening Concerts

Join us on select weeks during the Storytelling Live season for some exceptional evening concerts. Not suitable for children under 12.

Holiday Shows

Join us this December for various Holiday Shows. Come see Tim Lowry in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or come see the Trio with Bil Lepp, Regi Carpenter, and Andy Offutt Irwin. 

Watch Storytelling Live Online

Can’t make it to Jonesborough? Watch Storytelling Live online! Each week one concert will be recorded live from our intimate, 95-seat theater in Jonesborough and broadcast on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. Viewing access for the entire household will continue until the following Monday at midnight ET.

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!

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.

We ❤️ our sponsors!

Thank You to our Friends of Storytelling Live

Mary Jane Kennedy

Antonio Rocha

Don Gotterbarn

The Huntress Family

William M Anderson

Dan & Karol Lynn Johnson

Lynda L. Wexler

Shirley Stafford

Carol Fair

Ron & Jeanne Beatty

Ralph Perry