"To be a person is to have a story to tell." - Isak Dinesen
Meet some of our featured national tellers:
Syd Lieberman relates hilarious personal stories, identifies with Sean Connery, croons show tunes, transports audiences to Mars, navigates the mad world of Edgar Allan Poe and believes in happy endings. An internationally acclaimed storyteller, author and teacher, many of Syd's stories deal with growing up and raising a family in his hometown of Chicago.
A professional storyteller for more than 20 years, Donna started spinning wild yarns as a child at the dinner table. She turned her love for stories into a career that takes her across the country as a storyteller, author and recording artist. She uses her extremeley expressive face and vocal pyrotechnics to bring folktales to life.
An Oklahoma teacher-librarian by day, Barbara travels the country as an entertainer, comedian, historian and storyteller. Whether telling stories about Betty Boop, a carnival barker or relaying events from her own life, this author and recording artist keeps her audiences entranced and enthralled.
In reviews of his performances, Ed Stivender has been called "the Robin Williams of storytelling" and "a Catholic Garrison Keillor." A Philadelphia native, this internationally known storyteller uses props, costumes, a banjo and an air of irreverence to engage and entertain audiences with tales filled with humor, wit and wisdom. He even juggles.
Meet some of our featured local and regional tellers:
Known as “the Gullah Lady,” Sharon Cooper-Murray’s affinity for the indigenous Lowcountry culture is manifested through the tales she tells. After hearing the Creole language for the first time during a post-college trip to Wadmalaw Island, Sharon devoted herself to decades of preserving, conserving and developing the Gullah way of life through language, music, arts and crafts.
Storyteller, documentary filmmaker and percussionist Julian Gooding uses drumming and oral traditions of West Africa to open and engage the creative mind and spirit of a child. His interactive storytelling style encourages both children and adults to take part in each story and become the characters or create mood and imagery with props and world percussion.
Hawk Hurst shares stories that bring the wonders and wisdom of ancient cultures to life. An accomplished naturalist and master craftsman, he personally creates many of the Native American-style flutes and drums used during his performances. An eight-time recording artist and the author of two children’s books, Hawk has presented educational programs nationally and internationally for more than two decades.
Minerva King is a multicultural storyteller who specializes in African, African-American, West Indian, Native American and Jewish folklore. Fond of incorporating music to engage listeners in her programs, Minerva’s tales are based on historical events and her personal experiences.
Tim Lowry grew up in southeastern Kentucky, where he learned the art of storytelling from Appalachian folk who told tales to entertain, teach morals and pass along local history. A storyteller for more than 20 years, Tim performs a variety of folk tales and stories about the South Carolina Lowcountry. An award-winning storyteller, he recently performed at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Since beginning her puppetry career in 1980, Becky Becker combines music, puppets, props and audience interaction to help children discover the joy of reading through her Box of Puppets performances. A popular guest at festivals, corporate events, school residencies, teacher workshops, and summer reading programs, Becker enjoys sharing the magic of puppetry with young people and those still young at heart.