2023 Texas Storytelling Festival Featured Storytellers

Sheila Arnold has been gifted by God with performance skills and has been using this talent since she was eight years old.  Since 2003 she has been a full-time storyteller, traveling across the United States to share a variety of stories, as well as doing historic character presentations, Christian monologues, coaching and workshops. https://www.mssheila.org/

Elizabeth Ellis grew up in the Appalachian Mountains. Invariably hilarious and poignant, she is a repeat favorite at the National Storytelling Festival. The author of From Plot to Narrative, she is a recipient of both the Circle of Excellence and Life Time Achievement Awards from the National Storytelling Network. http://www.elizabethellis.com/

Joe Hayes is an award-winning author and nationally recognized teller of Southwestern folktales from the Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. His bilingual Spanish-English storytelling has earned him a distinctive place among America’s storytellers. He has published over twenty-five children’s books. Joe has done a summer storytelling series at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe for 40 years. https://www.joehayesstoryteller.com/

Bernadette Nason is an award-winning storyteller, author, actor, and voice-over artist from the UK, living in Austin, Texas.  Nason has been a Texas Commission on the Arts’ touring artist since 2002. In 2021, Nason wrote/performed two solo shows, Confessions of an English Danger Girl and Stealing Baby Jesus, for Austin Playhouse where she’s a company member. She’s published two books: Tea in Tripoli: A Memoir and Stealing Baby Jesus. https://bernadettenason.com/

Colin Urwin described as “keeping alive the tradition of the Seanchaí,” is a folk singer, songwriter and storyteller from Ireland. As well as his self-penned stories drawn from the local legend and folklore of his beloved Glens of Antrim, Colin tells many traditional Irish and Scottish folk tales. https://www.colinurwin.com/

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