Below are storytellers who have chosen to advertise their talents on this web site. We hope you will consider them the next time you are looking for a storyteller. We recommend that other references be checked before committing to a contract with any performer. Fees may vary widely. Storytellers listed from further distances should be considered, as storytellers frequently travel to performances. Storytellers, to purchase/submit a listing, click here.
Carrie Sue Ayvar
Blending traditional, international & personal tales, Carrie Sue Ayvar takes her listeners on a journey into the imagination connecting people, languages and cultures through her stories that flow effortlessly between Spanish and English. Growing up with Eastern European Jewish stories she came of age in Mexico. Kennedy Center and Wolftrap trained Teaching Artist, Chautauqua scholar and award-winning bilingual storyteller believes, as her grandfather taught her, that “If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life.” Let’s find a pathway together!
C. Edwin Bryson grew up in Brevard, North Carolina from where his family made frequent trips to the Bryson home place on the banks of the Tuckaseegee River that flows through Cullowhee and Bryson City. So nurtured was he by a rich spiritual heritage, he grew up to become an ordained minister. He lives now with his family near Lexington, Kentucky where he is an adjunct professor, writes, and tells stories. He is a member of the Kentucky Storytelling Association.
Thomas Freese is a wonderful storyteller—author of nine books of ghost stories including Shaker Ghost Stories, Fog Swirler, Strange and Wonderful Things, Ghosts, Spirits and Angels, and Haunted Battlefields of the South. He entertains with animated voice and movement, performing for children and adults. He has performed from Ashland to Argentina. Thomas plays guitar, harmonica and other instruments, creating songs and telling a variety of story programs in English or Spanish--Pourquois tales, origami stories, silly stories and songs, winter tales, ghosts, desert southwest, fairy tales and folk stories. Pick any of his 20 educational and entertaining story programs!
W.I. "Bill" Hairston
Among his many endeavors is his work as the Entertainment/Music Coordinator at the Stonewall Jackson Jubilee for 35 years. His stories and songs embody the rich Appalachian culture that he was exposed to as a child along the Coal River in West Virginia. He has been the moderator of the West Virginia Liar’s Contest for several years. Within his interpretations, he frequently weaves the contributions of African Americans to Appalachian history and culture. He has performed in schools, libraries and other venues throughout the region. Bill developed the elementary school program, “We Are One.”
Audiences from Florida to Alaska – students in schools, families in libraries, adults in theaters – have enjoyed Mary’s “just talking” storytelling style and her repertoire of Kentucky tales, haunting tales, true stories and more. Mary presents workshops and coaches individuals. She wrote Kentucky Folktales published by University Press of Kentucky, received the 1999-2000 Jesse Stuart Media Award from Kentucky’s school librarians, and received a 2009 Circle of Excellence ORACLE from the National Storytelling Network. The Kentucky Arts Council recognizes Mary’s work in adjudicated Performing Artist and Teaching Artist Directories. Mary looks forward to working with you to serve your audiences.
Mary Jo Huff is an Early Childhood consultant, published author, storyteller and recording artist who is recognized nationally for her wit, humor, and storytelling talents. "Storytelling with Puppets, Props, and Playful Tales" received the coveted Pegasus award from the National Youth Storytelling Network and a Parent's Choice Award.
Award-winning author/educator Eddie Price has a wide range of stories to fit your needs! (Age 2 to 102!) His "Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee!" program has delighted children all across the US and into Canada. Adult programs include "Kentuckians at the Battle of New Orleans," (singing incorporated into the event.) It will make you proud to be a Kentuckian! His drama "What I Saw at Cane Ridge" sheds light on the Cane Ridge Revival of 1801. (Great for churches--includes singing—audience participation.) Other programs: "Ohio River Heritage," "The Battle of Blue Licks!" and more. (See website.)"
A native of eastern Kentucky, Octavia grew up in a rich tradition of storytelling. Her genuine Appalachian dialect and love for her Kentucky Mountains are the magic that brings her stories to life. She is a master storyteller and experienced teaching artist. Literary great Loyal Jones says, "Octavia is one of our few, true folk artists and her performances are authentic representations of the tradition from which she comes." Her stories carry the listener into the mountains of eastern Kentucky - where haints chill your blood, Jack tickles your funny bone, and the hills and hollers are full of surprises.
Miss Pockets is a former librarian with over 30 years’ experience working with children, schools and civic groups. She is comfortable telling to small groups as well as over 200 listeners, and preschool children to senior citizens.
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for the latest schedule of programs: fairy tales to family tales, inspirational to educational, indoors to outdoors and just plain fun, Miss Pockets has a story for everyone!
Louisville native Don Ray Smith deals in contemporary humor, usually with adult (not dirty!) messages, from love to diversity to bust-out laughing parody and satire. He's performed at Spin-A-Yarn festival and various coffee houses in Louisville, at storytelling festivals in Hazard and elsewhere, and will be featured at a writers' retreat in Owensboro in early 2017. At times he livens up his stories with a mean pair of bongos. Don Ray can entertain your organization, book club, creative writing class or festival as he shows how he has "morphed" from journalist and humor writer to a humor "teller!"
Bill Watson says: "My mission is to turn every special event or party into an incredible experience for the host and guests. For 25+ years I have been entertaining small and large groups providing an engaging and interactive experience for people of all ages. My experience includes Storytelling Festivals, schools, libraries, private parties, city/county festivals, churches, retreats, retirement homes, reunions, corporate events, KY State Parks, KY State Fair and many more. I guarantee the highest entertainment standard suited to the occasion. I look forward to meeting your needs."
Jonatha and Harold Wright have been specializing in Ohio, Ohio Appalachian and Japanese stories for the last several years. Often they work in tandem, but both also tell solo. In addition to folk and fairy tales, historical tales, myths and legends they have numerous personal stories. These they tell to a wide variety of audiences. The Wrights have taught storytelling in many Dayton area colleges. They do workshops all over the US and in Japan on storytelling techniques and skills. They have made frequent trips to Japan and all over Ohio in their teaching careers, always seeking and researching stories.
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