2022 Texas Storytelling Festival
By Jaye McLaughlin, 2022 Festival Artistic Director
That long road we all traveled has come to journey’s end. It is completed, and an amazing finish it was. The 37th Annual City of Denton Texas Storytelling Festival is now in the history books. Featured tellers, Anne Rutherford and Andy Hedges left us with songs singing in our hearts and stories with laughter and amazement. The 6 featured tellers from Texas: Carolina Quiroga (now from Georgia), Decee Cornish, Donna Ingham, Eldrena Douma, Tim Tingle and Toni Simmons, scared us, educated us, and delighted us with their creativity. Well Done, Friends!!
Introduced this year for the first time in recent memory, was a Poetry concert. We met some of TSA’s members not heard from often, because they write poetry – not the usual stories. And they knocked us right off our chairs and inspired many to try express themselves through poems. Many thanks to each of them for this “first ever” delight.
We heard from new tellers and old. David Brock, who helped last year with zoom, told his story, “The Boy Who Wanted the Willies” at the Scary Stories Concert and made me laugh out loud at the ending.
Some long-time TSA members also took the stage: Traphene Hickman delighted us with a Pecos Bill and his dog story. It included a Bowie Knife too. Reba Ott, Leslie Buie, and Pam Pipkin told us some family stories and Dalton Gregory gave us a history of Quakertown Park, right here in Denton.
2021 Texas Storytelling Festival
By Jaye McLaughlin, 2021 Festival Artistic Director
It is over. The time-intensive input to put on a Festival for the Festival planners is complete. By my count, over 70 people were involved as tellers, emcees, or hosts. Not counted on this list are the many technical volunteers it took to put on a virtual festival. The number of hours is huge. The technical training for Zoom took many hours. The emails, phone calls back and forth to make sure we covered everything we needed to and the many decisions that we made and remade all take time and thoughtfulness. And I may say in retrospect, I really wish we had recorded the workshops!
I implemented some new things at the Festival with input from my planning team. Late night Texas Tales, social hours and an extended schedule. The only time people had to make a decision as to what to watch was when there were two workshops at the same time on Thursday and a workshop and Fringe on Saturday morning.
Thank you to our featured storytellers, Eth-Noh-Tec, Heather Forest, Sam Payne, and Donna Washington. And thank you to our many sponsors.
2020 Texas Storytelling Festival
Many volunteer hours and extensive networking go into making this festival such a success. Thank you to our audience, our storytellers, our emcees, our moderators, our workshop presenters, our visual art guru, our fringe performers our facilitators, our volunteers, our sponsors, the TSA Board and Administrative Director, the press, local and state businesses who supported us, and our wonderful city and community in Denton, Texas for our 35th Annual Texas Storytelling Festival!
Thank you to our festival Artistic Co-Directors MaryAnn Blue and Toni Simmons for their creative vision of Tejas Live With 35! Thanks to our festival Managing Co-Directors Elizabeth Ellis and Kanute Rarey for their time, dedication, energy, and extensive planning to organize a festival of this magnitude. We appreciate all four directors’ ability to “fly by the seat of their pants” in the ever-changing 48 hours of the festival from Thursday morning setup to Saturday morning strike. We could not have made the festival possible without your support.
And of course, our heartfelt thanks to all of the many, many helping hands that make the festival run smoothly. We can not do it without your support!
Watch the videos:
The Denton Vibe with Diva Girl Ellie
Read the articles:
Denton County Magazine
March/April 2020 Issue, Page 14-15
North Texas Daily from the University of North Texas
2019 Texas Storytelling Festival
Denton TV (DTV) Newsbreak Video
Articles about the festival
2019 Festival Program
Festival program for our tellers, schedule, workshops, advertisers and more: Download 2019 Festival Program Book
Many volunteer hours and extensive networking go into making this festival such a success. Thank you to our audience, our storytellers, our emcees, our facilitators, our volunteers, our sponsors, the TSA Board and Administrative Director, the press, local and state businesses who supported us, and our wonderful city and community in Denton, Texas for our 34th Annual Texas Storytelling Festival! Thank you to our Festival Artistic Director, Toni Simmons, for her vision of One World: Many Voices. Many Tales and to our Festival Co-Managing Directors, Elizabeth Ellis and Kanute Rarey for their inspirational work ethic and dedication to the success of our festival. We appreciate their time, energy, knowledge, and extensive planning required to organize a festival of this programming. And of course, our heartfelt thanks to all of the many, many helping hands that make the festival run smoothly. We can not do it without your support!