Jaye McLaughlin, Artistic Director
Jaye has been attending the Texas Storytelling Festivals since 1986. After retiring from many years as a children’s librarian, Jaye is now very involved with many storytelling organizations including TSA, Tarrant Area Guild of Storytellers and is a founding member of Tipi Tellers. Her many years of service to the storyteller community was recognized when she became a recipient of the Marvin Brown Volunteer Service Award in 2012. Enjoy the City of Denton Texas Storytelling Festival!
Janet Bickel-Burton, Managing Logistics Director
Janet “retired” in 2018 after 27 years working at Texas Woman’s University medical library and as an instructional designer. Janet still teaches research strategies and skills at SMU’s Business Library. During her journeys to earn a master’s degree in library science, a class assignment led to discovering the Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton, TX. Janet and high school sweetheart and husband, Wilgus have returned each year since 1991.
Dean Keith, Technology Specialist
Dean Keith is an active storyteller and member of the North40 Storytellers Guild. He has performed in several roles at Lakeside Community Theater but now limits (sometimes) his non-storytelling performance activity to teaching technology to senior citizens at Dallas College. Dean is excited that Zoom has allowed the Tejas Storytelling Association Festival to be seen all over the world.
Elizabeth Ellis, Financial Manager for the Festival
Elizabeth Ellis has a long history with the Tejas Storytelling Association, having been our first president. In our thirty-two year history as an organization, she has served fifteen years on our board of directors. She was the first recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award and has received both the Circle of Excellent and Lifetime Achievement awards from the National Storytelling Network. Her most recent book is “Prepare to Scare: How to Tell Scary Stories.” Originally from Appalachia, she lives in Dallas. http://www.elizabethellis.com
Kim Lehman, Marketing Director
Kim Lehman, of Smithville, is an educator, storyteller, musician, workshop presenter, and author. Currently on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster, Kim has performed at hundreds of festivals, schools, libraries, and museums. Kim is in demand throughout Texas as an effective workshop presenter with practical, inexpensive program ideas for librarians, teachers and parents. Kim is honored to be last year’s recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award. http://www.KimLehman.com