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Volume 26, Number 11 — November 2018

Storytelling Live! has stellar July line-up of tellers

Carolina Quiroga-Stultz
Carolina Quiroga-Stultz
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By Leslie Grace | A! Magazine for the Arts | June 26, 2018

Storytelling Live!, the International Storytelling Center’s celebrated teller-in-residence series, continues its season in July. The program features 26 of America’s best-loved storytellers, one each week May through October. Each teller appears in matinee performances Tuesday through Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall, Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Tim Lowry, of South Carolina, starts off the month with performances from July 3-7. Delighting audiences across the country, Lowry mixes stories from American history with a variety of folktales and personal narrative, often performing stories of southern culture and history from the “Sweet Tea Trail.” The award-winning recording artist and author has performed on television and in hundreds of appearances nationwide. Lowry offers a special children’s concert July 7 at 10:30 am.

Award-winning storyteller Heather Forest of New York appears July 10-14. The comedy and pathos of point of view, the mysteries of womenfolk, the trickster, the fool, quests and journeys are threads on the storyteller’s colorful loom. A modern-day bard, her storytelling performances are a fusion of poetry, prose, original melody and the sung and spoken word. Her folktale books and recordings have won numerous awards including the American Library Association’s Notable Recording Award and Parents’ Choice Gold Awards. Forest is also the recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence Award.

July 17-21 brings Andy Offutt Irwin from Georgia as Storytelling Live’s resident storyteller. With a manic, Silly Putty voice, hilarious, heart-filled stories and amazing mouth noises, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern Balladeer. Along with being a vagabond storyteller, Irwin works as an arts educator, keynote speaker, theater director, songwriter, comedian, newspaper columnist and Shakespearian actor. Irwin’s appearances have taken him across the U.S., including the Library of Congress and Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center. Irwin is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award.

Don White of Michigan performs July 24-28. White’s arc as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts, through Boston’s comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto stages around the country. At every point, White has been the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker and a joker. An award-winning singer, songwriter, comedian, author and storyteller, White has opened for Arlo Guthrie and shared a bill with Janis Ian and Lyle Lovett. He has been bringing audiences to laughter and tears for 30 years.

Rounding out the month, July 31-Aug. 4, is Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian storyteller, social communicator and graphic designer. Her bilingual storytelling enchants her audiences with her compelling mannerisms and the passion she brings to each story. Quiroga-Stultz was awarded “Outstanding Performer of the Year” by East Tennessee State University, was the recipient of the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant Award and is a Teacher Artist for the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. Her performances have taken her across the U.S., including the Tejas Storytelling Festival, as well as to Costa Rica and Mexico.

For more information about Storytelling Live! or to purchase tickets to any of the performances, call 800-952-8392 ext. 222 or 423-913-1276.

Topics: Storytelling



Andy Offutt Irwin


Don White (Photo by Fred Ellert)


Heather Forest


Tim Lowry