Storytelling Online Concert Schedule

Storytelling concerts you can watch from home – ISC’s online Summer Series on Thursday nights. 

Storytelling Online! is our new concert series that you can watch directly from your living room. Using the state-of-the-art platform we developed for the National Storytelling Festival, we’ve planned a summer series of evening concerts and one special children’s show beginning in June and running through the end of July. 

Storytelling Online! tickets are $15 per household and available for sale through Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET the week of the event.  You can also purchase a season ticket to all eight concerts for just $75. Videos can be watched from Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. ET until Mondays at midnight ET. Prices include all fees.

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Thursday, June 24
at 7:30pm ET


Thursday, June 24
Diane Ferlatte

From humble beginnings on her grandparents’ porch in Louisiana listening to neighbors and family swap stories, lies, and tales, Diane Ferlatte has become a global storyteller sharing stories and songs worldwide, performing in a multitude of countries on six different continents.   She tells African American stories and stories that hold truths and touch upon our common humanity including personal and historical stories that are laced with humor, depth, and tenderness. An award-winning artist and Grammy nominee, her honors include the NABS Zora Neale Hurston and the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence awards.  Musician Erik Pearson accompanies Ferlatte on banjo and guitar.  “Diane Ferlatte’s charismatic personality sets the stage on fire. Her storytelling is so powerful that the stories she tells become a part of you.” –The Hindu, National Newspaper of India

Visit Diane's website


Thursday, July 1
at 7:30pm ET
Children's Concert with Heather Forest, Antonio Rocha, and Anne Rutherford


Thursday, July 1
Heather Forest

Heather Forest is a modern-day bard. Her storytelling performances are a fusion of poetry, prose, original melody, and the sung and spoken word. The comedy and pathos of point of view, the mysteries of womenfolk, the trickster, the fool, quests, and journeys are threads on the storyteller’s colorful loom. Her folktale books and recordings have won numerous awards including the American Library Association’s Notable Recording Award and several Parents’ Choice Gold Awards. Her world-wide performances include The Smithsonian Institute, the Sidmouth International Folk Festival (England), and the Glistening Waters Storytelling Festival (New Zealand). She is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence Award.  “Her stories seamlessly and effortlessly move from the musical song to the spoken word and back again creating anew the form of the minstrel storyteller that is most uncommon in our day.”  – Open Hand Theater

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Thursday, July 1
Antonio Rocha

Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, presents a unique fusion of verbal narrative and mime that he’s shared in sixteen countries across six continents.  Featuring a tenor voice, realistic sound effects and exquisite moves, his repertoire includes stories of his homeland, age-appropriate folktales, exquisite mime illusions and some hilarious characters in outrageous situations.  A former mime student of Tony Montanaro and Marcel Marceau, Rocha is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award.  “Most importantly . . . is his acute awareness of the audience with whom he is working.  His stories shift and change to meet them halfway, whoever they are, whatever age they are, whatever mood they bring in the door.  He is a master.”  – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Visit Antonio's website

Thursday, July 1
Anne Rutherford

Anne Rutherford’s enchanting, funny, and touching performances delight audiences with Pacific Northwest folklore and tales of personal adventure.  Her singing and mandolin playing add to the fun, along with vivid vocal and physical characterizations such as her original Wild West alter-ego, the adventurous Clementine Ryder. A four-time first place winner of the Northwest Folklife Liar’s Contest, she took the grand prize in the 2016 Northwest Tall Tale Challenge. Rutherford’s CD, The Habit of Joy, is a Storytelling World award winner. Rutherford performs and leads workshops across the country. “One of the finest professional liars in the world.” – Portland Tribune

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Thursday, July 8
at 7:30pm ET


Thursday, July 8
Megan Wells

Megan Wells’ telling is time travel at its best.  With exquisite language she takes listeners into deep mind cinema, bringing worlds alive. Her telling is passionate, soulful, and warm with humor.  A master of the literary tale as well as long form myth, Wells is known for her delicious timing, character portrayals and the theatrical sensitivity she brings to her work.  She tours her one-woman storytelling shows and historical re-enactments of famous women across the country and performs regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Wells is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award.  “You ROCK!”  – Cellist Yo-Yo Ma

Visit Megan's website.

Thursday, July 15
at 7:30pm ET


Thursday, July 15
Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

Although only in his thirties, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920’s and making them wish they could stay there for good.  An amazing multi-instrumentalist – he plays banjo, guitar, piano, fiddle, harmonica, Cajun accordion, and the bones – his ability to transform traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now, coupled with his humor and storytelling, make for a uniquely engaging performance. Paxton was featured on CNN's Great Big Story and appeared in the award-winning music documentary American Epic, produced by Robert Redford, Jack White, and T-Bone Burnett.  “Easily the most talented young acoustic bluesman to come along in many, many years...Blind Boy Paxton carries the torch for traditional acoustic blues. If you're good enough, everything else falls into place." – The New York Times

Thursday, July 22
at 7:30pm ET


Thursday, July 22
Ben Haggarty

Ben Haggarty is recognized as one of the Godfathers of the British storytelling revival.  A master of improvisation, he is internationally respected for his playful, physical and often challenging performances of stories inspired by international fairytales, myth, and epic.  Haggarty has performed over 100 international storytelling festivals in 27 countries, and was the official storyteller with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble for 10 years.  He is founder and director of the Crick Crack Club, Britain’s premier organization for promoting performance storytelling.  Haggarty is also the author of an award-winning graphic novel series for teens, MeZolith.  “A tour de force.” – Broadway Baby

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Thursday, July 29
at 7:30pm ET


Thursday, July 29
Kevin Kling

Kevin Kling, who describes his zodiac sign as “Minnesota with Iowa rising,” grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. His storytelling started when a friend from the now defunct Brass Tacks Theatre asked him to perform his stories and he hasn’t looked back from there. Since then, the National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized Kling’s for his contribution to the arts. Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories.  Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

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You will receive your access link in a separate email from It will contain your “Magic Link” to the event. This email will arrive within 24 hours before the event.  If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your junk, spam, social and promotions folders. Once you receive the email, please click on the “Magic Link.” This will take you to the event site.  First you must create a password by clicking on your initials in the circle at the top right-hand corner of the page. Click on the security tab, where you will create and confirm a new password. Once your password is saved, click on the circle with your initials in it to return to the event site. You are now ready to view the event. Once the event begins, it will be available for viewing for 96 hours. You can re-access the event by clicking on this link: We strongly recommend that you use Chrome as the internet browser on your computer as it will give you the best experience. Safari (Apple), Firefox, and the latest version of Microsoft Edge are other alternative browsers that will work on your computer. If you aren’t sure what browser you are using or if it’s up-to-date you can go here to check:

1. When you login, you should see the event(s) you registered for on the first screen. Click on ‘Details’ for the event you would like to access.

**If you have used the Magic Link to access your event, skip to step 2.



**If you do not see your event, please double-check again to make sure that you used the same email when creating your account that you used when you registered for the event.

2. You are now in your Virtual Event Home Page. Here you can navigate to ‘Event Schedule’ to preview and add Sessions into ‘My Schedule’, watch the Welcome Video, and download event Resources.



3. In the Event Schedule, you will see all Sessions arranged chronologically. From here, you can Add and Remove Sessions to your Schedule, Filter through the Sessions, or Search Schedule.

***Please note: this is not required, but a nice convenience to save Sessions on your My Schedule area.


  5. If you would like to learn more about a Session or view the content, click anywhere on the row to open up to the Session.     6. Within a Session, you can download Materials, click on Speakers to see their Bios, Email, LinkedIn, Phone Number, etc. You can also click Join if your Session is live.     7. To navigate back to the Event Schedule, click on ‘Back to Sessions‘ in the top left corner.    

8. To navigate back to the Virtual Event Home Page at any time, click on the Event Title in the top left-hand corner of the page. You can also click on the Menu option to open your Navigation Menu.



Enjoy your Event!

Most likely, yes, however it ultimately depends on your television. It may require some special hardware such as a cord to connect your computer or laptop to your television, or a casting device such as Google Chromecast or an Amazon Fire TV Stick. For more information on these types of products and how to set up your television in this manner, contact your local tech store such as Best Buy.


Friends of Storytelling Online

Carolyn Andrews
Stephen Huyler
Bonnie Macdonald
Edward Donnell
Deborah Soike
Robin Perkins
Ann Norman
Wendy Feinberg
Shirley Stafford
Carolyn Thiedke
Nancy Simonton
Edward Bowman
George Taylor
Larry Gilmer
William & Virginia Kennedy
Dan & Karol Lynn Johnson
Marilyn Stempeck
Ceil Anne Clement