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 evening shows, virtual concerts, and holiday programs. 


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

William Anderson 

Carolyn & Andy Andrews 

Jim & Judy Baxter 

Ron & Jeanne Beatty 

Jamie Coker

Terry & Sandy Countermine 

Jean Darling

Donald & Trish Davis

Jan & Stu Elston

Carol Fair

Henry & Flora Joy

Friends of Storytelling Resource Place

Hannah McConnell Gillenwater

Larry Gilmer

Shirlee Gotterbarn

Lynda Harris

The Huntress Family

Cari & Jay Jarman

Dan & Karol Lynn Johnson

Mary Jane Kennedy

Bil Lepp

Carol Lite

Bonnie Macdonald

Dan Mahoney

Ina Fay Manley

Ann & Graham Norman

Ralph Perry

Judy Peterson

Barbara Pollack

Anne Reel

Antonio Rocha

Shirley Stafford

Kerry Stubbs

Surry Parker Roberts

Wendy Gayle Talley

Carolyn Thiedke, MD

Lynda Wexler

Prudence Zinser