Storytelling Live! 

The 19th season of ISC’s signature concert series is underway!  Storytelling Live! is a six-month showcase of the nation’s top talent. Each week, we invite a different “teller in residence” to Jonesborough for five days of live storytelling performances.  Designed to complement the National Storytelling Festival, Storytelling Live! features talented tellers who specialize in a variety of oral traditions, including songs and poetry, which rely on the spoken word. On top of daily performances in our downtown facility, many of our tellers stack their schedules with local appearances at schools and hospitals.  Matinee shows are at 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with other special events scheduled throughout the season.  Walk-in seating is offered whenever tickets remain available, but reservations are strongly recommended. 

Tickets for individual matinees and special performances go on sale on June 15, but season tickets are ON SALE NOW

at a 52% savings over regular admission and guarantee a seat to one weekly matinee performance for every teller!

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Meet the Storytellers for our 2020 Teller in Residence events and see a detailed calendar of performances. 

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Storytelling Live! brings live storytelling concerts to Jonesborough every afternoon at 2 p.m. (Tuesday – Saturday) when Storytelling Live! is in season (July-December). Some performers also host evening concerts, Saturday morning children’s shows, and workshops. These special events will be announced by June 15. 



Each season, ISC hosts applied storytelling workshops on a variety of special topics as part of its Teller in Residence series. These workshops are designed to explore the art and science of storytelling and how it can be used across multiple disciplines like healthcare, education, and business. Workshop line-up announced by June 15. 

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Ballad Health is the premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! We are also supported by corporate and local businesses, media and foundation sponsors, and we receive donations from private citizens and Friends of Storytelling Live!  Celebrate the Tellers-In-Residence program and support The International Storytelling Center by finding out how you can participate in the program.

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