Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center

Now in its 19th season, Storytelling Live!, the International Storytelling Center’s renowned Teller-in-Residence program, features a line-up of nationally-known storytellers. Each week a different artist appears at the Center theater in live afternoon concerts. Workshops and special concerts are also offered. The Storytelling Live! performers represent the finest talent available in the world of storytelling — presented in Jonesborough, Tennessee, the storytelling capital of the world.

The Role of the Teller-in-Residence

  • Tell stories in ISC’s 95-seat  theater in daily performances, special concerts, or other off-site locations.
  • Serve, when needed, as a voice for ISC during their residency in interviews with the region’s newspapers, radio, and television media.
  • Participate in a video and/or audio taped interview that could be used for promotional purposes.
  • Serve as an Ambassador for Storytelling and the International Storytelling Center (ISC).


  • Receive travel, food stipend, and lodging plus a $2,000 honorarium.
  • Teller merchandise will be offered for sale in ISC’s gift shop during residence. 
  • Exposure in the cultural arts community via ISC’s website, print materials, and across our social media platforms. 

How To Apply

Proposals for the Teller-in-Residence Program must be submitted online or postmarked by November 30, 2019. If you have updated your file within the last three years or if you have been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival within the last 10 years, your application does not need to include a resume, recordings, or reference. Please fill out the form below or send your proposal to:

Teller-in-Residence Program International Storytelling Center
116 West Main Street
Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659

  • Applicant Info

  • Personal resumé or biographical sketch with reference to your professional work.
  • Please provide a color photo suitable for promotional purposes (horizontal orientation preferred).
  • Please provide up to two (2) professional references.

  • Number of years.
    Please enter a number from 1 to 100.
  • Audio and/or video recordings that demonstrate your work as a storyteller.

    You may also submit audio files by email to or mail send CDs and DVDs to Teller Applications at 116 West Main Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659. (We regret that we are unable to return audio and/or video recordings.)
  • Add up to 6 stories and upload the corresponding stories for your list.
  • Upload up to 6 stories to go with the list of stories provided above.
    Drop files here or
  • Preferred week(s) of residency.

    (Tellers travel to Jonesborough on Monday, appear at the Center Tuesday through Saturday, and leave Jonesborough on Sunday.)
  • Please note any additional comments regarding your application in the box below.
  • Submission Footnote

    Selections will be announced on or before February 1, 2020. Send proposals to: Teller-in-Residence Program International Storytelling Center 116 West Main Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659 By November 30, 2019.
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