Member Directory

You're never far from a storyteller

The SCSN Member Directory is provided as a service for those looking for a storyteller. South Carolina Storytelling Network does not specifically endorse any teller listed here. Each storyteller has their own unique style, ability, and repertoire. Please communicate with them directly to ensure they will be appropriate for your needs. Fees vary and must be negotiated with the individual teller.

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Storytellers are listed by region.  Check their individual bios for travel, venues, story types and performance age groups.

Lowcountry

 

Becky Becker

Becky's Box Puppets

1745 Heritage Park Rd.

Charleston, SC 29407

843-766-4844

Email:  becky@beckysboxofpuppets.com

Website:  www.beckysboxofpuppets.com

Bio:

The magical world of the humble little puppet is where I like to explore my world and others. Since starting with simple shows in 1980 at the Charleston Museum my efforts continue and happily I continue to connect with others through the random bits of fabric and paint. My stories are geared to children and their families.

 

Age Groups:

Family
Preschool
Primary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Upstate SC

 

Venues:

Arts Councils
Conferences/Conventions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
Libraries
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

 

 

Story Types:

Holidays
Traditional Folk Tales

 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling with Puppets and Props

Millie Chaplin

The Princess of Possum Corner

P.O. Box 4

Harleyville, SC 29448

843-462-2137

Email:  princessofpossumcorner@yahoo.com

Website:  www.milliechaplin.com

Bio:

Born and reared in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Millie loves to share stories from all cultures. She uses the dulcimer and sometimes the audience to tell her stories. Millie loves to sing the old traditional songs that children of old grew up hearing. You might hear Jacktales along with an Anansi Tale. Millie believes in “fun for all”. Find me on Facebook!

 

Age Groups

Adults

Families

Middle School

Preschool

Primary

Senior Adults

Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
Upstate SC

Venues:

Churches     

Elementary Schools

Festivals
Libraries      

Middle Schools         

Museums                   

Nursing Homes

Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments       

Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Bible
Fractured Fairy Tales
Ghost Stories
Holidays
Multicultural/Diversity
Musical or With Song
Native American
Original/Personal
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales

Workshops using Storytelling:

Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Storytelling with Puppets and Props
Using Music in Storytelling

Margie Clary

782 Piccadilly Drive

Charleston, SC 29412

843-795-3061

Email:  mwclary@knology.net

Website:  www.bookstorytell.com

Bio:

Margie Clary has been a professional storyteller since 1988. She is a retired educator, having taught Kindergarden-College level. She taught The Art of Storytelling at the Citadel 1988-89. She tells stories from all Genres. She often tells Low Country tales and legends based on history of South Carolina. She is a published author of five children’s books and three adult books. She has been on the SC Arts Commission since 1992 and is available for school visits. She is obtainable for workshops on the storytelling and the writing connections.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

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Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
SC statewide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Colleges
Community Groups
Conferences/Conventions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups
Womens Groups

Story Types:

Bible
Character Education
Corporate Programs
Fractured Fairy Tales
Ghost Stories
Healing/Therapy
History
Holidays
Improvisational
Keynote
Literary
Multicultural/Diversity
Native American
Original/Personal
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced
Skills for the Beginner
Stories and Crafts
Storytelling and Art
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling in Literacy
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting
Storytelling in a Religious Setting
Storytelling in an Educational Setting
Storytelling to teach Writing

Patricia DuPont

DuPontCares A Million Mobile Museum

Ridgeland, SC 29936

615-538-7668

Email:  dupontcares@gmail.com

Bio:

Dr. Patricia H. DuPont is a lifelong learner who has a BA in Education, a MA in Philosophy, and a PhD in Theology. Dr. DuPont objective is to utilize her skills in creative marketing, project management, grant writing, and public service to provide a winning edge in making a profound difference serving mankind using storytelling. Dr. DuPont has served in the corporate arena as Executive Secretary, Director, Trainer, Community Liaison, and Volunteer on Library Board. Dr. DuPont is an innovative, motivator and founder of local organizations to meet the need of the community.

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
U.S. nationwide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Churches
Colleges
Conferences/Conventions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying
Bible
Corporate Programs
Food/Nutrition
History
Improvisational
Keynote
Multicultural/Diversity
Musical or With Song
Original/Personal
True Life
Wisdom Tales
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling and Art
Storytelling as a Business
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling in Business
Storytelling in Literacy
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in Therapy
Storytelling in a Religious Setting
Storytelling in an Educational Setting
Storytelling to teach Writing
Storytelling with Puppets and Props
Using Music in Storytelling

Ben Gafford

1203 Saville St.

Georgetown, SC 29440

843-616-4400

Email:  benmgafford@aol.com

Bio:

Born and raised in the northwest part of Texas, I have pastored United Methodist Churches in South Carolina for 39 years. Besides working as a pastor, I am spiritual director with an emphasis on spiritual formation. In all areas of my pastoral work, I have utilized storytelling to help people to grow spiritually and emotionally. I tell Biblical, sacred, humorous, original, motivational, and traditional stories. I am comfortable with all age groups and environments.

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School/Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Conferences/Conventions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Libraries
Middle Schools
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps

Story Types:

Bible
Character Education
Ghost Stories
Healing/Therapy
History
Holidays
Humor
Improvisational
Keynote
Literary
Original/Personal
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers
Storytelling in a Religious Setting

Julian Gooding

Summerville, SC

(843) 323-6651

Email:  juliangooding1@yahoo.com

Bio:

Julian Gooding has been a documentary filmmaker for over 30 years, specializing in short films that celebrate life and the preservation of cultures. From his many travels he has collected folktales and has designed original, audience-interactive tales using his collection of world percussion and other unique instruments. Add to this, he is a professional puppeteer and he teaches workshops on literacy development through the arts.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School/Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
U.S. nationwide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Conferences/Conventions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Middle Schools
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying
Character Education
History
Keynote
Literary
Multicultural/Diversity
Musical or With Song
Original/Personal
Science
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling and Art
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers
Storytelling in Business
Storytelling in Literacy
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in Therapy
Storytelling in an Educational Setting
Storytelling to teach Writing
Storytelling with Puppets and Props
Using Music in Storytelling

Suzette Hawkins

Beaufort, SC

803-960-6827

​Email:  suzettehawkins@gmail.com

​Bio:

I’m a native of Sumter, South Carolina, can readily remember hearing family stories at my grandmother’s not knowing at that time that storytelling would become such an exciting and important part of my life. I began storytelling in 1982 after attending NAPPS now known as the National Storytelling Festival.

I view storytelling as a traditional art form, which can promote literacy, imagination, and moral values. The stories I love to tell are stories that touch people, that makes them think beyond themselves, historical stories, myths, legends, fables, ghost stories, new and old from around the world. My repertoire ranges from humorous tales to ghost stories, and other tales that lead the listener through a gamut of emotions.”

Through my storytelling I hope to enrich the lives of both children and adults.

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
Middle School

High School

Young Adults
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
Upstate SC

No. Carolina

SE USA

US Nationwide

Venues:

Churches

Colleges

Corporate Functions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Summer Camps

Preschools/Daycares

Story Types:

Ghost Stories
History

Holidays

Humor

Literary

Multicultural/Diversity

Native American
Traditional Folk Tales

Wisdom Tales

Workshops using Storytelling:

Skills for Beginners
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling - Educational Setting

Storytelling - Puppets and Props

Theresa Hilliard

Mama Doonk Gullah Stories

PO Box 80523

Charleston, SC 29416

843-364-3064

Email:  mamadoonkgullah@aol.com

Bio:

Theresa is a Gullah Storyteller, Educator, and Narrator. She is a retired EEO/Diversity Manager and has a B.S. Degree in Workforce Education and Development. She was born on Edisto Island and reared by her Grandmother during her early years. She has always loved talking and singing like her grandmother and emulates her grandmother's voice during her presentations. She conducts Gullah workshops; tells Gullah stories; narrates Gullah programs; reads the Gullah Bible, Gullah Poems and Gullah storybooks, as well as, write Gullah menus. She was featured in the October 2014 National Geographic Video Magazine. She has told stories at the Gibbes Museum of Arts, The S.C. State Museum, the Charleston Museum, Brook Green Gardens; Public and Private schools; MOJA Arts Festival; Charleston County Libraries; the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival; Spoleto Children's Festival and many more. She has narrated the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Concerts and she is a Quilter and loves making baby quilts. She is doing her part to keep the Gullah culture alive by sharing the history, struggles and contributions of our ancestors.

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
SC statewide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Churches
Elementary Schools
Festivals
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Summer Camps

Story Types:

Bible
History
Traditional Folk Tales

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in a Religious Setting

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School/Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

International
Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
U.S. nationwide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Colleges
Conferences/Conventions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying
Character Education
Coming of Age
Environment
Food/Nutrition
Ghost Stories
Healing/Therapy
History
Holidays
Multicultural/Diversity
Musical or With Song
Native American
Original/Personal
Science
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales
Wisdom Tales
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced
Skills for the Beginner
Stories and Crafts
Storytelling and Art
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in Therapy
Storytelling in an Educational Setting
Storytelling to teach Writing
Using Music in Storytelling

Hawk Hurst

Charleston, SC

home 843-577-2821, cell 843-819-3789

Email:  hawkhurst@bellsouth.net

Website:  www.HawkHurstFlutes.com

Bio:

Hawk Hurst - Storyteller & Folk Musician: Hawk’s stories offer a fresh perspective of how ancient cultures came to respect and appreciate the diversity of each other and the natural world around them. Hawk’s creativity, in his stories, music, and artist in residency programs, are oriented to emphasize positive, uplifting attributes. An nine time recording artist and the author of two children’s books, his performances are suitable for all age groups! Hawk is a master craftsman, creating a variety of traditional Native American and African-style flutes, drums, and instruments used during his performances. Hawk’s interactive programs are perfect for ‘In School Field Trips’, and he offers unique ‘Storytelling Residencies’ for elementary and middle school students. A Lesley College (Masters of Science - Education) graduate, Hawk is a member of both the SC Artist Roster & SC Storytelling Network, as well as the NC Storytelling Guild.

Minerva T. King

P.O. Box 12631

Charleston, SC 29412-2631

843-795-0076

Email:  minervaking@comcast.net

Bio:

Minerva T. King has been performing as a multicultural storyteller, largely through the Arts in Education Program of the SC Arts Commission, since 1992. Specializing in African, African/American, West Indian, Native American, and Jewish folklore, she delights in engaging her listeners in her programs that are often augmented with music. She includes in her repertoire, stories based on history, including the story of her struggles for civil rights. Min is the librarian at St. John’s High School, and an adjunct professor at Trident Technical College. A nationally board certified librarian, in 2009 Min was named “Teacher of the Year” at St. John’s.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School/Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

International
Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
U.S. nationwide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Colleges
Community Groups
Conferences/Conventions
Corporate Functions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups
Womens Groups

Story Types:

Character Education
Coming of Age
Environment
Food/Nutrition
Ghost Stories
Healing/Therapy
History
Holidays
Humor
Literary
Multicultural/Diversity
Musical or With Song
Native American
Original/Personal
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling and Art
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling in Literacy
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in a Religious Setting
Storytelling in an Educational Setting
Using Music in Storytelling

Tim Lowry

Summerville, SC 29485

Telephone:843-324-1366

Email:  timlowry@bellsouth.net

Website:  www.storytellertimlowry.com

Bio:

Telling stories of the People, by the People, and for the People. Appearing at festivals from Jonesborough, TN to New London, CT. Specializing in stories of American history and folklore as a teaching artist for more than a decade. Serving as a corporate trainer and keynote speaker. Mixing stories of the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the Western Frontier with tales of growing up Baptist, teaching English to Russian immigrants, baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and a Ford Pinto station wagon!

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School/Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

International
Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
U.S. nationwide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Conferences/Conventions
Corporate Functions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying
Character Education
Coming of Age
Corporate Programs
Environment
Food/Nutrition
Ghost Stories
Healing/Therapy
History
Holidays
Humor
Improvisational
Keynote
Literary
Multicultural/Diversity
Native American
Original/Personal
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced
Skills for the Beginner
Stories and Crafts
Storytelling and Art
Storytelling as a Business
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling for Reluctant Speakers
Storytelling in Business
Storytelling in Literacy
Storytelling in Medicine/Healing
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in Therapy
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting
Storytelling in a Religious Setting
Storytelling in an Educational Setting
Storytelling to teach Writing
Storytelling with Puppets and Props

Shiela Martina

Martina Publishing, Inc.

PO Box 1216

Walterboro, SC 29488

Telephone:843-549-5286

Email:  shielamartina@yahoo.com

Website:  www.ShielaMartina.com

Bio:

Shiela Martina Keaise, a native of Walterboro, South Carolina, is the Children’s Librarian at the Colleton County Memorial Library with 20 years experience. She graduated from Claflin University, South Carolina State University, and the University of South Carolina. Miss Shiela is a storyteller, poet, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, and South Carolina Trainer. Most of the 10 children’s books Miss Shiela has written are rhythmic poems. She uses authentic words in her stories and books that enlighten and entertain. Miss Shiela’s goal as a storyteller is to encourage children and adults, alike, to think, read, dream, listen, create, and imagine.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School/Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
SC statewide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Churches
Colleges
Conferences/Conventions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps

Story Types:

Bible
Character Education
Food/Nutrition
Fractured Fairy Tales
Holidays
Literary
Multicultural/Diversity
Musical or With Song
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling to teach Writing
Using Music in Storytelling

Cora Newcomb

Lowcountry Storytellers

Beaufort, SC 29902

Telephone:843-597-2434

Email:  coranewcomb1@gmail.com

Bio:

Celebrate the magic of storytelling with this gifted storyteller who has told stories to audiences of all ages throughout Southeastern United States engaging the senses and enchanting audiences everywhere she goes. Specialties include: Storytelling, curriculum development, and teacher training.

She sparks the heart and soul of everyone as they feel the wonder and excitement of her stories told with an energetic and charming style, keeping everyone spell bound from young to old. Her vibrant style fills the stage with historic, inspirational, anti-bullying stories, ghost tales and stories that reflect her life from the delightful village of Beaufort SC.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School/Young Adult
Middle School
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Colleges
Community Groups
Conferences/Conventions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying
Bible
Character Education
Coming of Age
Corporate Programs
Environment
Food/Nutrition
Fractured Fairy Tales
Ghost Stories
Healing/Therapy
History
Holidays
Humor
Improvisational
Keynote
Literary
Multicultural/Diversity
Original/Personal
Science
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling as a Business
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers
Storytelling in Business
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in Therapy
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting
Storytelling in a Religious Setting
Storytelling with Puppets and Props

Anita Prather

"Aunt Pearlie Sue"

PO Box 1712

Beaufort, SC 29901

Email:  auntpearliesue@yahoo.com

Website:  www.knowitall.org/gullahnet

Bio:

In the voice of her grandmother, America's preeminent cultural ambassador, Anita Singleton Prather, "the First Lady of Gullah," is the beloved character, Aunt Pearlie Sue. Gullah, the genesis of African American heritage, is deeply rooted in the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Anita is a native of the "Queen of the Sea Islands," historic Beaufort, South Carolina the epicenter of American history. She is an award-winning storyteller, educator, heritage scholar, actress, writer, singer, producer and founder/artistic director of the nationally renown musical theater ensemble, Gullah Kinfolk/Gullah Traveling Theater, Inc. She travels extensively from coast to coast and abroad weaving her Gullah-flavored folktales and spirituals bringing history alive through interactive storytelling, singing and dancing. Her work has been showcased on PBS TV nationwide, latest being, "Circle Unbroken Gullah Journey from Africa to America" ; Radio's Top Ten Gospel Chart, "Chicken Dinner Money"; Film festivals nationwide and abroad; exhibits in the nine top Children's Museums in the USA and Canada; award-winning educational SCETV website; South Carolina History textbooks; CD's, DVD's, TV and movies. Her journey as an educator and master storyteller has spanned over 35 years. She holds a psychology degree from Howard University and a Master's +30 in education from the University of South Carolina. She continues to be a "Keeper of the Culture," mesmerizing audiences from the schoolhouse to the White House and around the world.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School/Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
U.S. nationwide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Colleges
Conferences/Conventions
Corporate Functions
Festivals
High Schools
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying
Bible
Character Education
Coming of Age
Corporate Programs
Fractured Fairy Tales
Healing/Therapy
History
Holidays
Humor
Improvisational
Keynote
Literary
Multicultural/Diversity
Musical or With Song
Native American
Original/Personal
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced
Skills for the Beginner
Stories and Crafts
Storytelling and Art
Storytelling as a Business
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers
Storytelling in Business
Storytelling in Literacy
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in Therapy
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting
Storytelling in a Religious Setting
Storytelling in an Educational Setting
Storytelling to teach Writing
Using Music in Storytelling

Kim Ruff

Ridgeville, SC

Telephone:334-224-2184

Email:  kimannruff@yahoo.com

Website:  www.kimruff.com

Bio:

Friends, family, and colleagues label Kim a “people person,” and that’s not such a bad thing for a storyteller. A chance meeting with one of The Moth’s (NYC) top storytellers opened her heart to a world she only thought existed between pen and paper – storytelling. Kim’s stories are true, based on her life experiences and interactions with others, and have been regarded as “raw, edgy, and real” by adult audiences in the D.C. area. She can’t wait to tell new stories about her abrupt transition from D.C. to life in the Lowcountry.

 

Age Groups:

Adults

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
Upstate SC

Venues:

Colleges
Festivals

Story Types:

Humor
Original/Personal
True Life

Workshops using Storytelling:

Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling and Art
Storytelling in Literacy
Storytelling in an Educational Setting
Storytelling to teach Writing

Linda Stout

703 Serotina Point

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

843-884-0116

Email: tellstories@yahoo.com

Bio:

Linda weaves folktales and imagination together to create story magic with audiences around the state. An educator and listed on the SC Approved Artist Roster, Linda is known for her interactive performances with children, occasionally using fanciful puppets. Passionate about using storytelling in the classroom and author of "Owning Their Words", Linda’s residencies center on Story Telling to Story Writing.  She presents programs for all ages, as well as workshops for teachers, seniors and child care workers.  A founder of the SC Storytelling Network and former Editor of their newsletter.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
Upstate SC

Venues:

Conferences/Conventions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups
Womens Groups

Story Types:

Bible
Character Education
Ghost Stories
History
Holidays
Humor
Original/Personal
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for the Beginner
Stories and Crafts
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling in Literacy
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in an Educational Setting
Storytelling to teach Writing
Storytelling with Puppets and Props

Clair Willett

573 Tayrn Drive

Charleston, SC 29492

843-860-9537

Email:  janustales@homesc.com

Bio:

A vintage storyteller, Claire's love of Bible stories came from her NC Grandmother; but she treasures stories with humor, a twist or message. A featured teller in "Haunted History of Charleston," she is on the SC Artist Roster. She performs in schools, festivals, parks and libraries, and teaches at Elderhostel and College of Charleston. She is a charter member of SCSN, and a member of North Carolina Storytelling Guild.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School/Young Adult
Middle School
Senior Adults

Travel:

Lowcountry SC

Venues:

Churches
Colleges
Festivals
High Schools
Libraries
Middle Schools
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Womens Groups

Story Types:

Bible
Character Education
Ghost Stories
History
Humor
Original/Personal
Spiritual/Sacred
Wisdom Tales

Workshops using Storytelling:

Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories

 

Midlands

Martha Reed Johnson

Moved to Boston, MA

843-992-0556

Email:  martha@marthareedjohnson.com

Website:  www.marthareedjohnson.com

Bio:

Martha is a World Storytelling Award Recipient and has performed on stages from South Carolina to Maine. She is a sought after keynote speaker and trainer in the area of storytelling and education. Martha is co-host of the monthly “Story Swap” at the Clay Pot Coffee Shop in Florence, SC. Martha creates amazing stories from the ordinary and the not so ordinary moments in life. Her stories will tickle your funny bone and warm your heart.
More information about Martha can be found on her website.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School/Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
U.S. nationwide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Colleges
Conferences/Conventions
Corporate Functions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Libraries
Middle Schools
Nursing Homes/Retirem't Ctr
Parks/Recreation Dept
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps

Story Types:

Character Education
Coming of Age
Healing/Therapy
Humor
Keynote
Original/Personal
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling - Therapy
Storytelling - Non-Profit Setting
Storytelling - Ed. Setting

Bob Linsenmayer

Singing Storyteller

115 Ironwood Lane

McCormick, SC 29835

864-391-2130

Email:  rlinsenmayer@wctel.net

Website:  www.singingstoryteller.com

Bio:

Bob Linsenmayer offers exciting, inspiring and fun-filled storytelling/music programs in schools, libraries and festivals. He tells stories with uplifting themes from around the world supported by his travels to over 65 countries. He plays 12-string guitar, jaw-harp, spoons, washboard and various other unusual folk instruments. Bob began entertaining audiences 45 years ago as a folksinger on the West Coast. He is listed on the South Carolina Artist Roster.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
Upstate SC

Venues:

Elementary Schools
Festivals
Libraries
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Preschools/Daycares

Story Types:

Character Education
Ghost Stories
History
Humor
Multicultural/Diversity
Musical or With Song
Native American
Original/Personal
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life

Workshops using Storytelling:

Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling for Kids
Using Music in Storytelling

Darion McCloud

803-553-2536

Email:  darionmccloud@gmail.com

Website:  www.darionmccloud.com

Bio:

Darion McCloud has worked with non-profits for over twenty years and has had long tenures with the Richland County Public Library and the Columbia Museum of Art. He has designed, initiated, and executed innovative programming such as Pigskin Poets, Griot Gathering and others. Darion also led the development of and is now the vice president of the Friends of African American Art and Culture membership affiliate of the Columbia Museum of Art.
He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Art Studio. He has shown work at the Atlanta Arts Festival, The Koger Center, Benedict College, Richland County Public Library and Trustus Theatre, among others. His work can be found in private collections across the country.

Darion is also a storyteller and has told for live, televised and radio audiences up and down the eastern coast for over fifteen years. A veteran of stage Darion is also the Founder and Creative Director of the NiA Company a multi-ethnic critically acclaimed theatre group where he also acts and directs. He is also a longtime company member with Trustus Theatre and the South Carolina Shakespeare Company.
Darion is on the SC Approved Artist Roster and has worked with many demographics as a performer and instructor.

Darion who is a Columbia, SC, native who resisted the tug of going elsewhere to stay home and work in his community. He has spent most of his adult life working with non-profits as an art professional by performing, educating, consulting and organizing art and art experiences in museums, prisons, theaters, libraries, schools, TV, the Internet and more.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School

Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

International
Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
U.S. nationwide

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Colleges
Conferences/Conventions
Corporate Functions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirem't Ctr.
Parks/Recreation Dept
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Humor
Literary
Multicultural/Diversity
Original/Personal
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life

Workshops using Storytelling:

Skills for Intermed. and Adv.
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling and Art
Storytelling for Kids
Storytelling in Museums
Storytelling in Therapy
Storytelling - Non-Profit Setting
Storytelling - Ed. Setting
Storytelling to teach Writing
Using Music in Storytelling

Shelagh Montes

Columbia, SC

803-776-7009

Email:  Montes7009@cs.com

Bio:

Shelagh, a well respected storyteller from Great Britain, tells from a wide repertoire of tales of growing up in wartime England as well as folk tales and her own compositions. Featured as a regional teller at Stone Soup Woodruff, SC and The SC Storytelling Festival in Charleston, her programs are suitable for children adults. Frequently featured at the State Museum in Columbia for programs and events, Shelagh can make you laugh, and sometimes bring you close to tears with her truth.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School

Young Adult
Middle School
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

SC statewide

Venues:

Churches
Conferences/Conventions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Ghost Stories
Humor
Literary
Original/Personal
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales

Frances Lee O'Neal

PO Box 983

Winnsboro, SC 29180

803-635-3027

Email:  francesleeoneal@gmail.com

Bio:

Storyteller from Historic Winnsboro, SC.
Teller of Old Tales, Tall Tales,and Lies.
Member of the Three Rivers Storytelling Guild from Columbia, SC.
2015 President of the South Carolina Storytelling Network.
VP/Program Director for the Fairfield County Genealogical Society

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School

Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
SC statewide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Colleges
Conferences/Conventions
Corporate Functions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirem't Ctr
Parks/Recreation Dept
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Humor
Original/Personal
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life

Jeanette Samuels

Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology

West Columbia, SC 29170

803-319-4543

Email:  JSamuels01@sc.rr.com

Bio:

The art of oral storytelling has enhanced classroom instruction in so many ways. All modalities of learning are addressed in such a fun way. I enjoy telling stories that build character and inspires everyone! I have noticed that some of my young listerners are becoming storytellers too! Tell a story, tell a friend, you never know where the story ends!

 

Age Groups:

Family
Preschool
Primary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
SC statewide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Churches
Elementary Schools
Festivals
Libraries
Preschools/Daycares

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying
Character Education
Fractured Fairy Tales
Humor
Multicultural/Diversity
Musical or With Song
Traditional Folk Tales
Wisdom Tales

LaVerne Shuler

Columbia, SC 29229

803-865-9011

Email:  laverne_shuler@yahoo.com

Bio:

LaVerne Shuler is a lifelong learner and lover of language and storytelling. She uses stories to inspire, teach, and entertain audiences. In addition to storytelling, LaVerne is also a Distinguished Toastmaster who conducts leadership training. Storytelling, as the language of leadership, plays an essential role in organizations. LaVerne is also a member of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) Storytelling in Organizations (SIO) Special Interest Group.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School

Young Adult
Senior Adults

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
SC statewide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Colleges
Conferences/Conventions
Corporate Functions
Festivals
Libraries
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirem't Ctrs.
Parks/Recreation Departments

Story Types:

Corporate Programs
History
Humor
Keynote
Original/Personal
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling - Non-Profit Setting
Storytelling - Ed. Setting

Susan Douglas Taylor

PO Box 596

Winnsboro, SC 29180

803-718-0575

Email:  susan@susandouglasstaylor.com

Website:  www.susandouglasstaylor.com

Bio:

Susan Douglass Taylor has been playing music since she was old enough to climb onto a piano bench. Recognizing her love for music, parents George and Clyde Douglass enrolled her in music lessons at an early age. She studied under well-known SC composers Ellen McMaster Nicholson and Nelle McMaster Sprott. Susan has played in Bluegrass and Folk bands since age 20. Recently turning 50, she discovered a love for songwriting. In June 2012, she released her first solo recording "Great Falls Road", a self-produced CD of 13 all-original songs featuring Susan's vocals, guitar and 5-string banjo playing. She is accompanied by some of the finest musicians in the country.

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
Senior Adults

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Conf/Conventions
Corporate Functions
Festivals
Parks/Recreation Dept.

Story Types:

Musical or With Song

Elsie White

6608 Cartwright Drive

Columbia, SC 29223

803-786-5860

Email:  ewhite1289@aol.com

Bio:

A retired educator from Columbia, SC, Elsie has been a storyteller for 17 years. She tells stories in churches, schools, festivals and wherever she is invited. Her repertoire includes humorous stories, fairy tales, grief stores, sacred stories and personal stories.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
Primary
Senior Adults

Travel:

Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
SC statewide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Churches
Elementary Schools
Festivals
Libraries
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Womens Groups

Story Types:

Humor
Multicultural/Diversity
Original/Personal
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales

Jessica Willis

Florence SC

843-260-5431

Email:  jessthestoryteller@gmail.com

Website:  https://suchastoryteller.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suchastoryteller/

Bio: 

Jessica grew up in the small town of Saluda surrounded by the rolling hills of the South Carolina Piedmont. Born into a family of natural orators her earliest memories are the voices of family telling tales. Encouraged by example she debuted her storytelling career in preschool with the Classic favorite The Little Red Hen, a smashing success. Jess has refined her craft over the years through study and practice and has been honored to tell at Stone Soup, Haygood Mill, and The Storytelling Festival of the Carolinas as a New Voice. She has also had the exciting opportunity to Emcee for both Stone Soup and The Storytelling Festival of the Carolinas. From Folk and Fractured Fairy Tales to True Life and Family Stories Jess can and will tell it all

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School

Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Senior Adults
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Colleges
Conferences/Conventions
Corporate Functions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Character Education
Coming of Age
Environment
Fractured Fairy Tales
Ghost Stories
Humor
Literary
Multicultural/Diversity
Native American
Original/Personal
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales

Zephyr, a Fairy

Wings & Whimsies

Columbia, SC 29203

803-518-7046

Email:  wingsandwhimsies@gmail.com

Website:  www.wingsandwhimsies.vpweb.com

Bio:

Marji Pulliam (aka Zephyr, a Fairy + Pearl, a mermaid) has spent her childhood hours weaving fantastical worlds and learning to bring those worlds to life as part of a children's theatre ensemble. Growing up to study theatre in college and tutoring school age children in writing skills, she tries to help everyone see the magic in their own world. Using a variety of props and music, she'll fly as far as her wings will take her from libraries, schools, churches, and festivals to birthday parties and beyond.

 

Age Groups:

Adults
Family
High School

Young Adult
Middle School
Preschool
Primary
Upper Elementary

Travel:

International
Lowcountry SC
Midlands SC
NC and SC
SC statewide
Southeast U.S.
U.S. nationwide
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils
Churches
Colleges
Conf/Conventions
Corporate Functions
Elementary Schools
Festivals
High Schools
Hospice Retreats
Libraries
Middle Schools
Museums
Nursing Homes/Retirem't Ctrs
Parks/Recreation Departments
Preschools/Daycares
Summer Camps
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Bible
Character Education
Environment
Fractured Fairy Tales
History
Holidays
Humor
Improvisational
Literary
Multicultural/Diversity
Musical or With Song
Native American
Original/Personal
Spiritual/Sacred
Traditional Folk Tales
True Life
Wisdom Tales
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced
Skills for the Beginner
Storytelling as a Business

Upstate

 

Frankie Adkins

P.O. Box 295

Honea Path  SC  29654

864-992-0965

Email:  fadkins@charter.net

Bio:

Frankie Adkins, retired school librarian, and National Board Certified Teacher began storytelling as a Girl Scout earning her Storyteller badge. She is a lifetime storyteller and particularly enjoys telling American Indian stories, Appalachian folklore, ghost stories, and original legends and stories she has researched and written.

During the holiday season Frankie doubles as Mrs. Santa Claus, telling Christmas stories and leading sing-alongs. She also has Christmas cookie decorating parties.

As Regent of her DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) chapter, and US History Chair for the SC Children of the American Revolution, she is very experienced in American history stories and presentations, as well as South Carolina history.

Frankie is Past President of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild (NCSG) and past Upstate Representative of the South Carolina Storytelling Network (SCSN). She has performed as a Regional Teller at the NCSG FallFest at Brevard, NC, at the SCSN Storytelling event at the Newberry Opera House, and at numerous schools, libraries, and festivals.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School

Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirem't Ctrs 
Parks/Recreation Dept 
Preschools/Daycares 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 

Story Types:

Ghost Stories 
History 
Holidays 
Native American 
Traditional Folk Tales

Workshops using Storytelling:

Skills for the Beginner

 

Marc Batten

609 S. Mechanic St.

Pendleton SC  29670

864-502-3029

Email:  danielbatten4@gmail.com

Website:  storyguy.tripod.com

Bio:

Marc Batten has been telling stories since he told his teacher that his dog ate his homework. Past president of the Backporch Storytellers of Charleston, SC & CTM & ATM in Toastmasters International, he is currently a member of the Clemson Area StoryTellers Guild. For over 20 years he has told a variety of stories, traditional and original, in various settings including schools, festivals, clubs meetings, coffee shops, bookstores, seminars, banquets and, ghost walks. He even told ghost tales at a wedding rehearsal dinner one Halloween at a restaurant in Charleston, SC which had its own ghost. His stories are guaranteed to entertain!

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School

Young Adult 
Middle School 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Parks/Recreation Depts 

Story Types:

Character Education 
Corporate Programs 
Fractured Fairy Tales 
Ghost Stories 
History 
Holidays 
Humor 
Keynote 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Original/Personal 
Traditional Folk Tales

Workshops using Storytelling:

Skills for Intermediate and Advanced 
Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling in Museums 

Candee Brakefield

Rock Hill, SC

Telephone:803-448-8076

Email: candeehb@yahoo.com

Website: http://www.candeebrakefield.com

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School

Young Adult 
Middle School 
Senior Adults 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 

Story Types:

Bible 
True Life 
Women's Stories 

Rebecca Davis

Greenville SC

864-689-1025

Email:  rebecca@heresthejoy.com

Website:  www.heresthejoy.com

Bio:

Rebecca loves telling stories about the great works of God so that many more people can be inspired to trust in the mighty Savior, Jesus Christ. These days, the stories Rebecca tells are true ones taken from her new series of books, Hidden Heroes, about the great works of God around the world. To view a slideshow version of one of the stories she tells, access the storytelling page of her website, www.heresthejoy.com/storytelling.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
Middle School 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Churches 
Conferences/Conventions 
Elementary Schools 
Middle Schools 
Nursing Homes/Retirem't Ctrs
Summer Camps 

Story Types:

Bible 
Character Education 
History 
Keynote 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Spiritual/Sacred 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 

Mary Droge

Fort Mill, SC

Email:  storymoves@aol.com

Bio:

Mary has performed nationally and has taught workshops, master-classes, and school residencies. She is an approved artist for the South Carolina Arts Commission Roster and has been the featured storyteller for children’s programs at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston for 18 years. In her multicultural story programs, she uses the wisdom of folktales to bring fresh perspectives to the challenges of today’s world. Themes are uplifting and non-violent and include songs and movement games that involve every member of the audience.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School

Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Community Groups 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Preschools/Daycares 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 
Womens Groups 

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying 
Character Education 
Corporate Programs 
Environment 
Holidays 
Humor 
Keynote 
Literary 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Musical or With Song 
Native American 
Original/Personal 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced 
Skills for the Beginner 
Stories and Crafts 
Storytelling and Art 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling in a Religious Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 
Using Music in Storytelling 

Lisa Eister

P.O. Box 55

Clemson, SC  29633

864-653-4932

Email:  lisaeister@bellsouth.net

Bio:

Lisa Eister is a native of South Carolina with roots in the Appalachian Mountains. A certified educator, Lisa performs before school, festival and community audiences of all ages. Her concerts feature folktales, traditional Appalachian tales, historical stories, personal stories woven from family and mountain lore, as well as narratives based on the real life experiences of WWII veterans. In July 2011, Lisa performed at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta. She is founder of the Clemson Area Story Tellers Guild.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School

Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

International 
Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Hospice Retreats 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirem't Ctrs 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Preschools/Daycares 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying 
Character Education 
Coming of Age 
Corporate Programs 
Environment 
Ghost Stories 
Healing/Therapy 
History 
Holidays 
Humor 
Keynote 
Literary 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Native American 
Original/Personal 
Science 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 

Rodger Ellingwood

4461 Summerlin Place

Rock Hill, SC  29732

803-493-8030

Email:  elling@comporium.net

Bio:

Rodger’s personal humorous stories have an ironic twist. He has an appreciation for day to day events that he turns into interesting and amusing stories, to which we can all relate. Rodger has a Masters of Education and enjoys working with teachers who want to increase the storytelling presence in their classroom. He performs various programs that include Christmas, Valentine’s, churches and senior citizens.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
Primary 
Senior Adults 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Churches 
Elementary Schools 
Libraries 
Parks/Recreation Dept

Story Types:

Ghost Stories 
Holidays 
Humor 
Original/Personal 
Traditional Folk Tales 
Wisdom Tales 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Skills for the Beginner

James Foote

Simpsonville, SC

(864) 399-6584

Email:  jefoot@hotmail.com

Bio:

Jim enjoyed telling stories so improve his skills, he took 18 hrs of courses and workshops at ETSU. To get some further experience, he joined the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild He became a performing Teller with the guild at their weekly concerts.

He is currently a member of the National Storytelling Network, the South Carolina Storytelling Network the Greenville Storyteller’s Guild and the Clemson Area Storytellers.

Jim has personal stories about his own experiences, stories from other countries, and several stories about a plethora of subjects.

Jim enjoys sharing his stories with all ages from school children to senior citizens

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School

Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Hospice Retreats 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Preschools/Daycares 
Summer Camps 

Story Types:

Bible 
Coming of Age 
History 
Holidays 
Humor 
Musical or With Song 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers 
Storytelling in Medicine/Healing 
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting 
Storytelling in a Religious Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting

John Fowler

Hairy Toe Productions

Boiling Springs, SC  29316

864-216-5578

Email:  htp50@yahoo.com

Website:  www.hairytoeproductions.com

Bio:

Outstanding Storyteller Johnny Thomas Fowler is an award winning old-time musician and author, a recipient of the SC Folk Heritage Award and was a featured performer at the 2014 International Storytelling Festival/Exchange Place Stage. Johnny has over 25 years of professional experience in sharing his talents at festivals, gatherings, libraries, in classrooms and performance halls from coast-to-coast. On stage his presentations are a blast of creative energy drawing on powerful storytelling techniques and professionalism. There’s nothing like the fantastic storytelling of Johnny Thomas Fowler.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School

Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

International 
Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 

 

Story Types:

Character Education 
Corporate Programs 
Ghost Stories 
Holidays 
Humor 
Keynote 
Literary 
Musical or With Song 
Original/Personal 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for the Beginner 
Stories and Crafts 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 
Using Music in Storytelling 

Suzy Holloway

Suzy's Puppets at Penn's Place

Greenwood, SC  29649

864-223-7292

Email:  wosce@aol.com

Bio:

I am owner of Suzy's Puppets at Penn's Place, Greenwood, S.C. There we have story and music and activities for children - all as an effort to give a cultural boost to those who lack enrichment.

Lane Hudson

211 Teardrop Trail

Seneca, SC  29672

864-903-1430

Email:  originallane@yahoo.com

Bio:

“Stories remind us that after the game, the king and pawn go into the same box,” Lane says, “because we laugh and cry together.” His inspirational stories reflect the foolishness and wisdom of life because” he says, “bad decisions can make good stories”. Drawing from a lifetime of rich experiences, he’s been a textile worker, hot tar roofer, door-to-door salesman, drama producer, radio announcer, newspaper columnist, and corporate communicator and trainer. An excellent after dinner and motivational speaker, Lane teaches public speaking and creative writing at a S.C. Upstate Technical college. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communications.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
High School/Young Adult 
Senior Adults 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
SC statewide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Museums 
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Character Education 
Corporate Programs 
Ghost Stories 
Healing/Therapy 
Humor 
Keynote 
Literary 
Original/Personal 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
Wisdom Tales 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling and Art 
Storytelling as a Business 
Storytelling in Business 
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 

Karyn Page-Davies

Chair, Stone Soup Storytelling Institute/Festival

380 Mary Hanna Rd.

Woodruff, SC  29388

864-969-3330

Email:  stonesoupkp@aol.com

Bio:

“Storytelling is our past, present and future. We listen. We learn. We tell.” A registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer and working in healthcare for over 40 years, Karyn realizes the ability that sharing stories has to teach and to convey compassion and empathy. Karyn is a grassroots advocate and serves on several governing boards for Spartanburg County in the arts, education, history, conservation, health and wellness and tourism. She and her husband, Tom, live on a farm in the Kilgore community near Woodruff. Karyn invites you to pour your passion into the “kettle”.

Travel:

NC and SC 

Brenda Parker

Lancaster Public Library

313 S. White Street

Lancaster, SC  29720

803-285-1502

Email:  brendaparker@comporium.net

Website:  www.lanclib.org

Bio:

Brenda Parker tells stories to young children, middle schoolers and adults. She uses story props, puppets, sound effects and sign language whenever possible. Brenda taught in elementary school for 10 years and has been a children's librarian now for 22 years. She is also a certified early childhood trainer.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Churches 
Colleges 
Elementary Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Preschools/Daycares 

Story Types:

Bible 
Fractured Fairy Tales 
Holidays 
Literary 
Traditional Folk Tales 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Storytelling and Art 
Storytelling for Kids 

Judy Seeley

1120 Hamlin Rd.

Easely, SC  29642-9612

864-855-6396

Email:  judy_seeley@hotmail.com

Bio:

Judy Seeley loves telling stories. Through voice and gesture, she creates memorable characters for folktales, personal stories, and humorous tales. Judy hails from Illinois, spent nine years in Georgia, ten years in Pennsylvania and now lives in Easley, SC. She collected stories along the way and joyously shares them at schools, libraries, civic organizations, and clubs. Judy’s stories challenge audiences of all ages and backgrounds to recognize their common values, foibles, and joys.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults

Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
Libraries 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 

Story Types:

Ghost Stories 
Humor 
Literary 
Original/Personal 
Traditional Folk Tales 
Wisdom Tales 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for the Beginner 

Donna Tillman

Greenville, SC

864-704-0036

Email: donnatellsstories@gmail.com

Website: facebook.com/donnatellsstories

Bio:

-New Voice 2015-
Captivating audiences with an unforgettable telling of The Phantom Tollbooth introduced Donna to the world of storytelling in 2010. Performing has played no small part in Donna's life since childhood - retelling stories she heard or crafting new ones with her sister. Now Donna seeks to thrill audiences with her dynamic style and share the love of stories and literature with audiences across the globe. Honing her skills and gaining performance time in college, Donna starts 2015 as a New Voice in the storytelling community!

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 

Travel:

International 
Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 

 

Story Types:

Bible 
Character Education 
Fractured Fairy Tales 
Ghost Stories 
History 
Holidays 
Humor 
Literary 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Traditional Folk Tales 
Wisdom Tales 

Raymon White

7 Shady Hollow Lane

Greer, SC  29651

864-469-3267

Email:  joanandraywhite@gmail.com

Bio:

Forty years ago as a Pastor I realized Jesus was a storyteller and began telling stories as a sermon form. From that beginning I discovered the world of storytelling and have been telling stories in a variety of settings every since. For the last 15 years my wife and I have included stories in a behavioral change program, Family ~ You Can't Beat Them!, as focal points to motivate behavioral change with violent people referred from Criminal Justice System. We continue to work in the context of reentry transition with Probation, Parole and Pardons. I am a retired Presbyterian Minister, a husband, father and grandfather. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
SC statewide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Hospice Retreats 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 

Story Types:

Bible 
Character Education 
Environment 
History 
Original/Personal 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 
Women's Stories 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling in Therapy 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting

Outside SC

 

Lona Bartlett

4501 Easthaven Dr.

Charlotte, NC

704-568-9389

Email:  lonabartlett@att.net

Website:  lonabartlett.com

Bio:

Lona Bartlett is a puppeteer, storyteller, performance artist and educator. She has been involved with multimedia productions and her puppet creations and scripts span to four continents. She teaches workshops and performs at schools, libraries, conferences, churches, festivals, corporate and special events.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

 

Travel:

International 
Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Preschools/Daycares 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying 
Bible 
Character Education 
Ghost Stories 
History 
Holidays 
Improvisational 
Keynote 
Literary 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Native American 
Original/Personal 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced 
Skills for the Beginner 
Stories and Crafts 
Storytelling as a Business 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in a Religious Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 
Storytelling with Puppets and Props 

Pete Boggs

aka Charles Plasters

Wilmington, NC  28409

252-241-6615

Email:  peteboggs59@gmail.com

Website:  http://fluxav.wix.com/peteboggs

Bio:

Most of my stories have a country flavor and are augmented by my deep southern accent. I tell original humorous stories based on memories from my childhood experiences in the 40s and 50s, tall tales, legends, folk tales, and original poems.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Hospice Retreats 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 

​​

Story Types:

Humor 
Original/Personal

Wright Clarkson

aka StoryGuy

4833 Addison Drive

Charlotte, NC  28211-3059

704-770-0530

Email:  Storytlr99@aol.com

Website:  www.storyteller.net/tellers/wstoryguy

Bio:

Wright Clarkson is a nationally renowned storyteller, musician, and teaching artist. He delights in sharing with people of all ages. His interactive style utilizes folk and world musical instruments, and costumes to engage audiences in folk tales, fractured fairy tales, ghost and history stories, Jack and Grandfather tales, trickster and wisdom tales, and original and song stories. He performs in schools, teaches artist residencies for pre-schools through high schools, and conducts workshops for business, community and non-profit groups.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary

Travel:

International 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Hospice Retreats 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Preschools/Daycares 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 

 

Story Types:

Bilingual Spanish 
Coming of Age 
Fractured Fairy Tales 
Ghost Stories 
Healing/Therapy 
History 
Humor 
Improvisational 
Literary 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Musical or With Song 
Original/Personal 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced 
Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers 
Storytelling in Medicine/Healing 
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling with Puppets and Props 
Using Music in Storytelling 

Darcy

Asheville NC 28801

Email:  Darcy@darcyworddance.com

Website:  www.darcyworddance.com

Bio:

Writer, teller, teacher, actor. It's all in the stories!  Storyteller and workshop presenter since 2007. Watching living history characters come to life was so compelling she created a one-woman show, performing in costume as LAURA INGALLS WILDER. Darcy considers storytelling her third act. 

From her pocket she pulls out stories seasoned with humor and salted with tears. Plus a few mental caramels to chew on. Retired psychiatric social worker. Tellabration Teller. Asheville Tellers Circle award.

 

Darcy is partial to orange cats, blue moons, and pink clouds. If she's not out to lunch, you might find her in a brown study.

Janice Davin

Magic Words

5225 Cane Creek Rd

Waxhaw, NC  28173

704-843-4559

Email:  janice@janicedavin.com

Website:  www.janicedavin.com

Bio:

Storytelling saved Janice Davin’s career as a teacher and maybe her life. During 35 years in the classroom, she used stories to calm savage beasts, subdue mutinies, and make the curriculum memorable. Currently Janice provides programs for schools, after-school programs, churches, organizations, and retirement communities. She performs at festivals and provides workshops for other tellers. Janice earned a M.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a M.A. in Oral Traditions from the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. Janice received National Board Certification in 1997. Janice has a current NC Teaching License.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

NC and SC 

Venues:

Conferences/Conventions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
Libraries 
Preschools/Daycares 

​​

Story Types:

Character Education 
Coming of Age 
Fractured Fairy Tales 
History 
Original/Personal 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
Wisdom Tales 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling and Art 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing

Kali Ferguson

Bilingual Arts & Cultural con Kali

Charlotte, NC

919-451-1445

Email: kali@kaliferguson.com

Website: www.kaliferguson.com

Bio:

Kali Ferguson is a sought-after bilingual storyteller (and more) based in her hometown of Charlotte, NC, after much travel. Whether she’s breathing life into African-American folktales or singing Spanish lyrics, Kali passionately shares culture and literacy through Latin American and African Diasporic traditions.

Since 2004, this “Swiss Army Knife of Culture” (with her nimble use of myriad creative expressions) has performed at the Levine Museum of the New South, Myrtle Beach’s Museum of Art, and many schools and libraries. She’s studied and traveled in South Africa, Panama, Costa Rica, and Spain, and will travel to your town, too!

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

International 
Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Elementary Schools 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying 
Bilingual Spanish 
Character Education 
History 
Keynote 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Musical or With Song 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
Wisdom Tales 
Women's Stories 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 

Faye Fulton

Charlotte, NC

704-421-3220

Email:  ffulton50@gmail.com

Website:  www.fayefulton.com

Bio:

Faye comes from a family of storytellers and has a lifelong love of story. She has lived in several countries and has traveled all over the world. She is fascinated with different languages and different cultures. She tells multicultural, diversity, and educational stories for all ages and inspires people to do their best by sharing stories of meaning and value.

In addition to being a Storyteller, Faye is a Professional Speaker and a Communications Trainer. She has conducted workshops in all fifty states in the corporate environment as well as the educational environment.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 

Story Types:

Coming of Age 
Corporate Programs 
Ghost Stories 
Holidays 
Humor 
Keynote 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Original/Personal 
True Life 
Women's Stories 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Storytelling in Business 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 

Goodman, Linda

Waxhaw, NC

804-687-6341

Email: happytales@aol.com

Website: www.lindagoodmanstoryteller.com

Bio:

Author/Storyteller/Playwright Linda Goodman, an Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent, draws on her roots to create a magic world where fantasy and ordinary heroes come together to entertain and inspire. She also tells traditional tales using a wide array of voices to make characters come to life. 
She has performed nationwide and been published in the Chicken Soup and Stories for the Heart Series. Her one-woman show and book, Daughters of the Appalachians, has also been performed as a play by theater companies in California, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Her CDs include Jessie and Other Stories and Bobby Pins, the recipient of 3 Storytelling World “Winner” Awards.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Hospice Retreats 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Preschools/Daycares 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying 
Bible 
Character Education 
Coming of Age 
Corporate Programs 
Environment 
Ghost Stories 
Healing/Therapy 
History 
Holidays 
Humor 
Keynote 
Literary 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Original/Personal 
Science 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 
Women's Stories 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced 
Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling and Art 
Storytelling as a Business 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting 
Storytelling in a Religious Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing

Jeanne Hewell-Chambers

Cashiers, NC

Email: WhollyJeanne@gmail.com

Website: www.WhollyJeanne.com

Bio:

Being on the finite side of infinity, Jeanne Hewell-Chambers has amassed an impressive string of Pink Galoshes stories - tales of women who are downright irrepressible, pulling on their galoshes and getting on through the mud and the muck of whatever life throws at them. Sometimes Jeanne’s daughter Alison joins her to help keep history alive and abuzz with stories of women who weren’t famous but should be. Jeanne is a hoot and a holler as a workshop leader, keynoter, and main stage performer, and she is most proud of the fact that she never, ever had to attend a PTA meeting under an assumed name.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

International 
Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
Hospice Retreats 
Libraries 
Museums 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 

 

Story Types:

Coming of Age 
History 
Keynote 
Original/Personal 
True Life 
Women's Stories 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling and Art 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling to teach Writing 

Sarah Belle Hill

872 Davis Farm Rd

St Pauls, NC

910-494-4561

Email:  sarahv42@Yahoo.com

Bio:

I write my own material. I have written several books. I am a retired school teacher of the blind. I will choose if I want to tell at an occasion.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
Middle School 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Festivals 

Story Types:

Ghost Stories 
History 
Humor 
Native American

Alan Hoal

225 Heidinger Dr.

Cary, NC  27511

919-607-0993

Email:  alan.hoal@gmail.com

Website:  www.thehoalstory.com

Bio:

Alan is a highly energetic and animated storyteller who has taken home numerous storytelling awards. He travels throughout the United States telling stories at festivals and retreats as well as at colleges, secondary schools and libraries. Alan has also shared his talents at church, corporate and civic events. He has a diverse repertoire from the hilarious, to the frightening, to the heartwarming and inspirational. These stories are tailored for audiences of all ages. Alan's animated style and familiar themes draw his audiences into his tales as they experience the stories’ events alongside his colorful characters.

Alan’s school programs are specifically designed to focus on core curriculum and state essential standards in the areas of Language Arts, History and Social Studies. Alan can custom design his programs to meet your specific goals and objectives.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

International 
Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Community Groups 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Hospice Retreats 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 

Story Types:

Bible 
Character Education 
Corporate Programs 
Ghost Stories 
Holidays 
Humor 
Keynote 
Literary 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Original/Personal 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Storytelling in Business 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling in a Religious Setting

Lynn Jaffe

Tellers of Two Cities

3540 Carnoustie Drive

Martinez  GA  30907

706-860-7536

Email:  ljaffe4@comcast.net

Bio:

Lynn Jaffe has been entertaining folk since she was 7 years old, from puppets to theater to storytelling. She personifies her characters as she tells folktales and humorous life stories.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
Senior Adults 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Conferences/Conventions 
Festivals 
Libraries 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 

Story Types:

Humor 
Traditional Folk Tales 
Women's Stories 

 

Robin Kitson

Stories That Polish Your Heart

1008 Harkers Island Court

Raleigh, NC 27604

919-342-5991

919-208-7623

Email:  nanirobin@gmail.com

Website:  www.robinsitson.com

Bio:

When you were born, your heart shined like gold. You smiled, giggled, and blew spit bubbles and felt happy. When you got a little older, you heard “NO” a lot; a bit of rust protected your heart. In school, you heard “not that way, “that’s wrong”. Your heart grew more rust; its’ shine became dim. By graduation your heart didn’t shine at all. 
What you need is a story. As you listen your heart becomes young again, it swells and swells until Boom! That rust flies off and your heart shines again. I tell Stories That Polish Your Heart.humorous life stories.

 

Age Groups:

Primary

Middle School

High School/Young Adults

Adults 
Family 
Senior Adults 

Travel:

North Carolina

South Carolina

Southeastern United States 

Venues:

Arts Councils

Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Festivals 

Elementary Schools

High Schools

Hospice Retreats
Libraries 
Museums 

Parks and Recreation Department

Summer Camp

Travel/Touring Groups
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 

Story Types:

Bilingual Spanish Stories

Character Education

Corporate Programs

Environment

Ghost Stories

Healing/Therapy

History

Holiday

Humor

Improvisational

Keynote

Literary

Multicultural/Diversity

Native American

Original/Personal

Traditional Folk Tales

True Life

Wisdom Tales

Women's Stories

Workshops Using Storytelling

Creating Your Own Stories

Preserving/Telling Personal or 

Skills for Beginning Tellers

In Business

In Museums

In Therapy

In Educational Settings

Stories and Crafts

Joan Leotta

Calabash, NC  28467

910-575-0618

Email:  joanleotta@atmc.net

Website:  www.joanleotta.wordpress.com

Bio:

Creating on paper with pen, with light as pen through a camera or onstage in performance, my artistic goal is always —to show the beauty of the ordinary and to encourage my audience. 

I've published several books (fiction and non-fiction for adults,YA and children) and many short stories. I've received awards for my telling and stories. You can find my books on Amazon.com under Joan Leotta. I've written hundreds of articles over the years about topics as diverse as disability rights, health, parenting, food and travel. My blog at www.joanleotta.wordpress.com tells about my work.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Preschools/Daycares 
Travel/Touring Groups 

​​

Story Types:

History 
Myths 
Women's Stories 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for the Beginner 
Stories and Crafts 
Storytelling and Art 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling in a Religious Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 

Ray Mendenhall

aka Jolly Man Stories

101 Locust Grove Lane

Versailles, KY  40383

859-940-1735

Email:  rwmend@gmail.com

Website:  jollymanstories.com

Bio:

Ray Mendenhall comes from a family of storytellers. Humorous stories and family anecdotes filled his youth. In 2000, Ray began storytelling professionally and has been telling in venues across North and South Carolina ever since. Following the "jolly man" tradition, he mixes amazing songs and whimsical stories into a celebration of the storytelling art. His infectious humor and easy style has engaged audiences in Festivals, schools and libraries, even at the North Carolina State Fair. He has won gold and bronze medals for music in the NC State Senior Arts Finals. In 2009, he won first place in the Bold-faced Liars Showdown in Laurinburg, NC.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 

 

Story Types:

Bible 
Holidays 
Humor 
Keynote 
Musical or With Song 
Native American 
Original/Personal 
Traditional Folk Tales 
Wisdom Tales 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in a Religious Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 

David Joe Miller

PO Box 16829

Asheville, NC  28816

828-808-1150

Email:  davidjoetells@yahoo.com

Website:  www.davidjoemiller.com

Bio:

David Joe is the former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association in Jonesborough, TN. In 1994 he created the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild. He tours the United States and internationally. Previous audiences include Disney, Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Philips Medical, World Bank, Shell Oil, The Nature Conservancy and former Vice President Al Gore and family. He has toured school districts all across the country offering single performances as well as week long writing residencies. Currently David Joe lives in Asheville, NC. where he is the executive producer of David Joe Miller Presents! He's a dynamic storyteller on stage and an extremely talented presenter in the boardroom.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
Middle School 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary

Travel:

International 
Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
Hospice Retreats 
Libraries 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 

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Story Types:

Anti-Bullying 
Character Education 
Coming of Age 
Corporate Programs 
Ghost Stories 
Healing/Therapy 
History 
Holidays 
Humor 
Improvisational 
Keynote 
Literary 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Original/Personal 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced 
Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling as a Business 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers 
Storytelling in Business 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in Medicine/Healing 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 

Elisha Minter

aka Mother Minter's Magical Moments with Children

Charlotte, NC

704-215-2225

Email:  motherminter52@yahoo.com

Website:  www.motherminter.com

Age Groups:

Adults 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying 
Bible 
Character Education 
Corporate Programs 
Environment 
Food/Nutrition 
Ghost Stories 
Healing/Therapy 
Holidays 
Humor 
Keynote 
Literary 
Musical or With Song 
Native American 
Spiritual/Sacred 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for the Beginner 
Stories and Crafts 
Storytelling and Art 
Storytelling as a Business 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in Therapy 
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 
Using Music in Storytelling 

Angela O'Connell

Gastonia, NC

(803) 530-4930

Email: lexaoconnell@gmail.com

Bio:

I realized the advantage of being a good Storyteller at a young age...because bad Storytellers got caught! I love telling to children and have enjoyed telling folk tales, original stories, and scary stories for close to 15 years. I have told at "So the Story Goes", "Augusta's Bakers Dozen", Edisto Island Festival, Salkehatchie Stew Festivals, and while on mission trip in Honduras. I have told in elementary and middle schools throughout SC and once spent the summer traveling with the Colleton Bookmobile telling stories to all ages (including senior adults). Until my recent move to southern NC, I worked in the children's department at my local library you could count on me getting "shhhhhh'd" frequently, yet still enjoy spinning tales to my patrons and coworkers!

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Preschools/Daycares 
Summer Camps 

​​

Story Types:

Bible 
Bilingual Spanish 
Ghost Stories 
Holidays 
Humor 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Native American 
Original/Personal 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 

Sylvia Payne

1621 Nathanial Street

Newton, NC  28658

828-465-1564

Email:  sylpayne@bellsouth.net

Website:  www.storytraditions.com

Bio:

Sylvia Payne comes from a background of Scots/Irish, English and German ancestry. She grew up near the foothills of the NC mountains listening to her mother tell family stories. A former children’s librarian, Sylvia has been telling stories and offering workshops for over 30 years. Through her animated style, her stories captivate young and old alike, transporting the audience into the depths of an imaginary world. Storytelling takes her throughout the southeast, where she shares family stories, folktales, history and stories that touch the heart.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
Upstate SC 

 

Venues:

Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Summer Camps 

Story Types:

Character Education 
Corporate Programs 
Environment 
Ghost Stories 
History 
Keynote 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Native American 
Original/Personal 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 
Women's Stories 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for the Beginner 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling in a Religious Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 

Connie Regan-Blake

51 Vance Gap Rd.

Asheville, NC  28805

828-258-1113

800-864-0299

FAX:  828-253-2956

Email:  connie@storywindow.com

Website:  www.storywindow.com

Bio:

Drawing on her Irish heritage, Southern roots, and sense of humor, Connie tours throughout the US and abroad, telling traditional Appalachia Mountain stories, heroic adventures, literary tales, ghost stories and personal experiences to enthusiastic audiences of adults, families, and children. Her school assemblies are dynamic and educational and she is a sought-after workshop leader, keynoter and main stage performer. For over 30 years she has helped guide America’s storytelling revival both as a member of the famed Folktellers duo and as a solo artist. She has 5 award-winning storytelling recordings and is celebrated as a master storyteller

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Preschool 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

International 
Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Community Groups 
Conferences/Conventions 
Corporate Functions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Hospice Retreats 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Preschools/Daycares 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups 
Womens Groups 

Story Types:

Character Education 
Corporate Programs 
Ghost Stories 
Healing/Therapy 
History 
Holidays 
Humor 
Keynote 
Literary 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Musical or With Song 
Original/Personal 
Spiritual/Sacred 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 
Women's Stories

Workshops using Storytelling:

Creating Your Own Stories 
Preserving/Telling Personal or Family Stories 
Skills for Intermediate and Advanced 
Skills for the Beginner 
Stories and Crafts 
Storytelling and Art 
Storytelling as a Business 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers 
Storytelling in Business 
Storytelling in Literacy 
Storytelling in Medicine/Healing 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling in Therapy 
Storytelling in a Non-Profit Setting 
Storytelling in a Religious Setting 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling to teach Writing 
Storytelling with Puppets and Props 
Using Music in Storytelling

Deborah K. Winkler, Deborah K.

2525 Labelle Dr.

Waxhaw, NC  28173

509-460-9279

Email:  winklerdeborah@yahoo.com

Website:  www.winklerdeborah.wix.com/storytelling

Bio:

Deborah believes storytelling is the way to go! Together with Spin-A-Story Tellers in Buffalo, NY, then with the So They Say Storytellers in Richland, WA, and now with the Tellers of Two Cities, Deborah has traveled with stories. Being a listener and teller of stories at festivals, schools, Toastmasters, museums, libraries, and so forth, she has quickened her skills. She loves learning new stories to meet special requests. Using artifacts and props, Deborah appeals to both the visual and the auditory channels. Storytelling is simultaneously a social exchange and a one to one experience for everyone. So let’s go!

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Primary 
Senior Adults 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Colleges 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Museums 
Nursing Homes/Retirement Centers 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 
Travel/Touring Groups

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying 
Character Education 
Environment 
Ghost Stories 
History 
Holidays 
Literary 
Multicultural/Diversity 
Native American 
Science 
Traditional Folk Tales 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales 
Women's Stories 

Workshops using Storytelling:

Skills for the Beginner 
Stories and Crafts 
Storytelling and Art 
Storytelling for Kids 
Storytelling for Relunctant Speakers 
Storytelling in Museums 
Storytelling in an Educational Setting 
Storytelling with Puppets and Props 

Car Zara

Charlotte, NC

704-540-1456

Email:  cara.zara@outlook.com

Website:  www.carazara.com

Bio:

Fitness instructor and motivational storyteller believes that the experiences of today’s kids are simultaneously unique, universal and timeless. Her original tale “How to be a Super Hero” gently offers the keys to unlock the “Super Hero” within us all by teaching that bravery in the real world of challenges, bullies, and the sometimes scary unknown luckily does not involve ‘leaping a tall building in a single bound’. Cara Zara performs at festivals, schools, libraries, corporate and charity functions throughout the Milky Way and is known by many children as the “Hula-Hoop Queen of the Universe”.

 

Age Groups:

Adults 
Family 
High School/Young Adult 
Middle School 
Primary 
Upper Elementary 

Travel:

Lowcountry SC 
Midlands SC 
NC and SC 
SC statewide 
Southeast U.S. 
U.S. nationwide 
Upstate SC 

Venues:

Arts Councils 
Churches 
Colleges 
Conferences/Conventions 
Elementary Schools 
Festivals 
High Schools 
Libraries 
Middle Schools 
Parks/Recreation Departments 
Summer Camps 

Story Types:

Anti-Bullying 
Character Education 
Coming of Age 
Healing/Therapy 
Humor 
Original/Personal 
True Life 
Wisdom Tales