Storytelling Live!, the International Storytelling Centerâ€™s celebrated teller-in-residence series, continues its season in August. The program features 26 of Americaâ€™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.
Beginning 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 â€œOutstanding Performer of the Yearâ€ 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.
Bobby Norfolk performs from Aug. 7-11. Internationally known teaching and recording artist, actor, TV host, and storyteller, Norfolkâ€™s ability to read and connect with audiences of all ages makes him one of Americaâ€™s premier storytellers. Using dynamic movement and vocal effects, he creates vibrant characters who come to life through imaginative, creative story. His storytelling CDs have won 10 prestigious Parentsâ€™ Choice Gold awards, and he has co-authored eight award-winning childrenâ€™s books. Heâ€™s the recipient of three Emmy awards as host of CBSâ€™s television series, â€œGator Tales,â€ and the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award.
Storyteller Victoria Burnett appears Aug. 14-18. The daughter of a minister and a musician, Burnett quickly realized that music and story were equally powerful tools of communication. She blends her skills as a teacher, librarian, singer and performer to become what she calls a â€œStory Musicologist.â€ With a wonderful sense of playfulness and reverence for other culturesâ€™ stories, she combines music and drama into myriad diverse folktales, legends, and stories for all ages. Burnett has appeared throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa and Central and South America, including venues such as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and most recently as a consultant for the Walt Disney Corporation.
Aug. 21-25 brings David Holt as Storytelling Liveâ€™s resident storyteller. Holt is a four-time Grammy Award winning musician, storyteller, artist, historian and radio and television host. For more than 45 years, he has collected and performed the songs and stories of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Holt is a long-time host of several public television shows including â€œDavid Holtâ€™s State of Music,â€ which airs nationally and offers an in-depth look at the music and personalities of some of Americaâ€™s great roots music artists. Holt was featured in the film â€œO Brother, Where Art Thou.â€ In 2011, he was awarded the Uncle Dave Macon Heritage Award for presenting and preserving old-time mountain music, and in 2016 he was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Holt is a recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence award.
Dolores Hydock performs Aug. 28 through Sept. 1. Hydock is an actress and storyteller from Birmingham, Alabama. Her vivacious style fills the stage with wit, energy and a swirl of characters that bring to life an array of personal stories, medieval adventures, oral histories and literary classics. She has collaborated with the Birmingham Museum of Art to blend stories with art, and her Christmas story special has been aired on NPR-affiliate WBHM in Birmingham. Three of her original one-woman story-plays have been performed at regional theatres and festivals.
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.