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Storytelling Live!

June 22 @ 2:00 pm - December 23 @ 3:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday and Saturday, repeating until October 26, 2019

$11 – $12

The International Storytelling Center Launches 2019 Live Performance Season

(Jonesborough, Tenn.) — On April 25, the International Storytelling Center (ISC) will kick-off the 2019 season of its popular Storytelling Live! series in hilarious style with a special opening concert featuring Bil Lepp. The renowned program’s regular season will launch on April 30.

Now in its 18th year, Storytelling Live! brings a new teller in residence to the town of Jonesborough for a week’s worth of performances. The program runs through the end of October, with additional special events in November and December.

Featuring storytellers from across the nation (and world!), the weekly series begins with San Francisco teller Willy Claflin’s tales of counterculture misadventures, and ends with Laura Simms from New York City, where she stages the iconic Hans Christian Andersen storytelling program in Central Park. Fan favorites Bil Lepp, Barbara McBride-Smith, and Donald Davis will be on hand throughout the season and storyteller Niall de Burca will join us all the way from Ireland to share traditional tales from his homeland across the sea.

Also on this year’s lineup is legendary cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell, who represents a Western tradition as rich as the lifestyle that gave birth to it, and Hiroya Tsukamoto, a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan.

Woven throughout the season, many storytellers will also offer exclusive children’s programming, evening concerts, and workshops.

“We started the Teller-in-Residence program as a way to introduce some of our most talented entertainers from the National Storytelling Festival to a broader audience,” says Susan O’Connor, ISC’s director of programs. “Having 26 tellers gives the season a balance of breadth and depth, and offers more people the opportunity to come join us for an afternoon of first-rate storytelling.”

All Storytelling Live! performances are in ISC’s intimate theater. Tickets for all matinee performances are just $12 for adults and $11 for seniors, students, and children under 18, and ticket holders will receive discounts at many downtown establishments on the day of the performance. A limited number of season passes are on sale now and offer nearly half-off the price of regular admission while supplies last.

The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is Ballad Health. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Eastman Credit Union, Food City, the Mooneyhan Family Foundation, and the Niswonger Foundation. Media sponsors include News 5-WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, Herald & Tribune, and Cumulus Media.

The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live!, including a full season line-up, or to purchase tickets and season passes, visit or call (800) 952-8392.


June 22 @ 2:00 pm
December 23 @ 3:00 pm
$11 – $12
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International Storytelling Center


International Storytelling Center
116 W. Main St
Jonesborough, TN 37659 United States
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