Sheila Arnold & Adam Booth

Each year, Sheila Arnold and Adam Booth choose a folktale, create their own new interpretations of the tale specifically for adults, and share both in concert. This program will include the debut of these newly-worked stories from each teller, offering the audience a prime first-listen opportunity! Past stories include Sleeping Beauty, The Fisherman's Wife, The Shoemaker and the Elves, and The Gingerbread Boy.

Sheila Arnold has a talent for storytelling, a passion for history, and compassion for people. She provides storytelling, historic character presentations, Christian monologues, and professional development for schools, festivals, churches, and organizations nationally and internationally. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Artists Standing Strong Together (ASST) a source of inspiration, strength, and action in the storytelling and artist world. Sheila has been honored as a 2021 MacDowell Artist Fellow, a 2020 Mt. Vernon Research Fellow, and a 2019 Hewnoaks Artist Colony summer residence Noted Artist. Sheila lives in Hampton, Virginia near her son, grandsons, and parents.

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Adam Booth is the recipient of the 2022 Governor’s Arts Award for Folk Arts in West Virginia and a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liar’s Contest. His original storytelling blends traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia, with a focus on craft. Career highlights include Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Academy of Medicine, and Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta). His recordings have received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, two Parents’ Choice Silver, and five Storytelling World Awards.

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