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Queen Nur

Engaging audiences with call and response and song, Queen Nur presents rooted stories of connections to her childhoodtales honoring ancestors from the African continent to familiar Black traditions in America, a personal rendering celebrating her father,

Dovie Thomason

Dovie Thomason tells with elegance, wit, passion, sly humor and astonishing vocal transformations creating a climate with the audience where laughter, learning, and respect come together.

Anne Shimojima

On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and the Japanese American community was never the same again. Eventually, over 120,000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned behind barbed wire in incarceration camps for the crime of looking like the enemy. 

Bil Lepp

Could a story about a kid who never wins anything – not swimming races, not costume contests, not science fairs – possibly be a story that includes the water cycle, werewolves, family vacations, a trickster grandfather, long car trips, a kid who thinks he needs to change the world, and two friend

Priscilla Howe

In 2015, Priscilla Howe traveled to Bulgaria on a Fulbright Scholarship, aiming to collect trickster tales and animal stories. She did that, and so much more, including hearing stories from strangers on the street and performing in a Bulgarian storytelling and joketelling competition.

Carrie Sue Ayvar

Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, Carrie Sue Ayvar chooses from her large repertoire to connect people, languages, and cultures through her stories.

Kevin Kling

Humorist, playwright, and author, Kevin Kling is hailed as a Minnesota state treasure. Former Guthrie Theater artistic director Joe Dowling said that "Kevin has the ability to be genuinely funny, but he can also move you to tears.

Arif Choudhury

Arif Choudhury is a professional storyteller, filmmaker, theater artist, and stand-up comic.

Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty’s mother always read to him and told him stories. As a high school student in the 1960s, he discovered the amazing stories of Black history and culture that weren’t taught in schools, so he began telling stories.

Linda Gorham

As a professional storyteller, Linda Gorham tells stories on the biggest stages. But singing? In public? In front of a microphone? Well, that was a whole ‘nuther’ thing for her. Scary! Linda will share her story of finally getting the courage to sing – with joy as her mother taught her.

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.

Donna Washington

In America today, we often feel divided from our fellow citizens. We sometimes feel as if the gulfs between us are so wide they will never be bridged. The divide feels real, but what if it isn't? What if the only thing that divides us is the stories we believe about people we don't know?

Peter Cook

Peter S. Cook is an internationally reputed Deaf performing artist whose work incorporates American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting, and movement.

Yvonne Healy

Yvonne Healy didn’t simply kiss the Blarney Stone; she swallowed it. A citizen of two cultures, Irish and American, Yvonne spoke both languages as a child. From this world of hidden treasures rose one of America’s most endearing storytellers. Funny, thought-provoking, and dynamic, too!

Loren Niemi

The desert wind blows, the palms sway as Loren Niemi tells a “choose your adventure” story of the Baker, the Contessa, the Mapmaker, and the Widow, in search of their destiny with four starting points (the audience must choose from) to an improbable destination, Fata Morgana, and four, maybe five