33rd Annual




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2017 Festival Review

March 9-12, 2017
Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton TX


Festival Online
Read what the Denton Record Chronical wrote about the festival.


DTV Newsbreak Video
The festival footage begins at 29 seconds.


Couldn’t Make the Festival?
Take a peek at our 2017 festival program for our tellers, schedule, workshops, advertisers and more. Download 2017 Festival Program Book

Festival Afterglow
It takes a village. Many volunteer hours and extensive networking go into making this festival such a success. Thank you to our audience, our sponsors, the TSA staff, the press, local and state businesses who supported us, and our wonderful community in Denton, Texas for our 32st Annual Texas Storytelling Festival on March 9-12, 2017!


A huge thanks goes out to artistic director Jay Stailey and managing director Kay Tobola for their many volunteer hours, energy, and the extensive planning required to organize a festival of this size.


And of course, our heartfelt thanks to all of the many, many helping hands that make festival run smoothly. Jay states, “Concert attendance was up 15% from 2016. We met our goal of over 2 thousand listeners in the seats hearing stories shared.” Dolores Hydock, one of our featured tellers, shared, “This was a memorable experience for me. My thanks and congratulations go out to all the team who worked so hard to put together a terrific weekend!”


Festival by the numbers:
• 4 featured tellers
• 48 non-featured storytellers
• 17 story swappers
• 11 story slammers
• 2033 attendees at concerts
• 9 workshop presenters
• 202 workshop participants
• 11 concert producers
• 15 difference concert emcees
• 112 kids at the Kid’s Day activities
• 8 judges
• 104 at the Tailspinner Dinner
• 12 labyrinth walkers
• $1,506 raised at the Silent Auction
• Untold number of volunteers!
• 1 very happy artistic director


Information about our 2017 Featured Storytellers here

2017 Festival Schedule






City of Denton

Denton Benefit League Texas Commission on the Arts Greater Denton Arts Council


The Texas Storytelling Festival is made possible with the support of the City of Denton, the City of Denton Parks and Recreation Department, the Denton Benefit League, the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, TSA members, and our business and community partners.