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2006
Storytellers Performance Directory


Welcome to the wonderful world of storytelling!

This directory listing was created to answer the need to provide event planners with a list of available storytellers. Storytelling fits into any event. Included are program planning suggestions and tips that we believe you will find helpful. We hope you find the information on this webpage useful and we hope you will use it! Please email us if you have further questions. The storytellers listed here are all members of the Southern Order of Storytellers and all love storytelling.

Program Planning Suggestions

We suggest that you talk with the performers you contact about the following subjects prior to contracting for their program
Performance requirements: stage, sound and lighting needs; children/no children; alcohol-free refreshment stand?
Publicity requirements: information and photo available?
Fees: single performance; block booking (multiple performances, same or consecutive days); travel/per diem?
Personal requirements: housing; ground transportation?
Program content: if your audience would be sensitive about specific topics, ask direct questions about program content.
Is there performance related educational material available for you to reprint?

Tips for Hiring a Storyteller

Please remember that every storyteller is unique in style and repertoire. Each storyteller is a professional.
Storytellers generally tailor their programs to fit their audience and many use different styles for different types of listeners.
It is very important that you be specific in communicating who the audience will be, what type of program you are looking for, whether there are any types of stories you do not want included in the performance, and what information about the performance venue (outside, inside, sound system, etc..) to be sure you chose the right storyteller for your event, you may want to ask the storyteller specific questions.
What type of audience does he/she most enjoy?
You may even want to ask for letters of reference or the names of the teller’s last three clients. These things will help ensure a successful program or event and will eliminate any disappointing surprises for you or for the storyteller.
Storyteller Search
You can search for a teller by name or by using an index. The tellers are listed alphabetically by last name. The index groups storytellers by Storytelling Venues, Story Repertoire, Teller Availability and Workshop Offerings.

To locate a teller by name, click on Tellers below.
To locate a teller by using the index, click on Index below.

You may also download the directory and/or the index.

The documents can be downloaded either as a Microsoft Word document (.doc) or in a standard web format (Adobe Acrobat -- PDF) that requires Acrobat Reader software.  If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you may download it free by clicking on the Acrobat Reader icon below.
 

To download the directory of storytellers, click on Download Tellers.
To download the index, click on Download Index.

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A through F G through J K through P Q through W

1 B.J. Abraham
2271 Oakawana Rd, Atlanta, GA 30345
DeKalb County
bjstory@hotmail.com
770-455-3660 (day); 404-633-3277 (evening)
2 Nana Agyeiwaah Anan (AKA aJAYwa! & the Ancestral Funk Collective)
PO Box 5011, Atlanta, GA 30302
Fulton County
ajaywa@yahoo.com
404-758-7601
3 Josie S. Bailey
803 Woodard Road, Griffin, GA 30224
Pike County
bjosie@bellsouth.net
770-228-9261
4 John Beavin
5739 Chisholm Trail SW, Lilburn, GA 30047-6208
Gwinnett County
jbeavin@ev2.net
770-309-5502 (cell); 770-923-9862
5 Kathy Bennett
1960 Brookview Dr., Atlanta, GA 30318
Fulton County
skbbennett@comcast.net
404-351-8864
6 Sonya Terrell Braun
753 Lions Trial, Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Gwinnett County
gabrauns@bellsouth.net
770-935-6832 (evening)
7 Janice Butt
307 Mimosa Drive, Decatur, GA
DeKalb County
teachtale@mindspring.com
404-377-2704
8 Bev Center
323 Melrose Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Dekalb County
bc2600@comcast.net
404-378-2383
9 Bess T. Chappas
459 Mall Blvd. # 25, Savannah, GA 31406
Chatham County
savteller@aol.com; ww.geocities.com/savtell
912-354-7688
10 Jan Cribbs
2329 Leafmore Drive, Decatur, GA 30033-2036
DeKalb County
storyconnections@Juno.com
404-633-6567
11 Jane O. Cunningham
225 East 11th Street, Rome, GA 30161
Floyd County
Janeitell@aol.com
706-233-9397
12 Susan B. Deaver
2140 Arlington Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-4524
Dekalb County
susanbd@earthlink.net
404-325-2061
13 Connie Prunch Dodge
4366 Candler Lake East, Atlanta, GA 30319 DeKalb County
conpdodge@bellsouth.net
770-457-1504
14 Betsy Doty
P.O. Box 382, Ellijay, GA 30540
Gilmer County
betsydoty@ellijay.com
706-698-3528
15 M. Kay du Pont
2137 Mt Vernon Rd, Atlanta GA 30338
Dekalb County
kay@LovingMrLincoln.com
770-395-7483
16 Audrey Galex
Roots and Wings Life Stories
2085 Valiant Dr, Atlanta, GA 30345
Dekalb County
audrey@rootswings.com
404-486-7377 day; 404-636-2702 evening; 404-862-9498 cell
17 Chetter Galloway
764 Argonne Avenue NE Apt. 9, Atlanta, GA 30308
Fulton County
chettermysia@bellsouth.net
404-892-2637
18 Pat Gay
658 Lakewood Dr, LaGrange, GA 30240
Troup County
pgay@thclibrary.net
706-882-7784; 706-884-3569
19 Ray Green
135 Valley Brook Trail, Jonesboro, GA 30238
Fayette County
raygreene@att.net
404-669-8220 (school year); 770-460-8194 (leave message)
20 Janan Henry
784 Hillpine Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30306-3225
Fulton County
JananHenry@earthlink.net
404-881-0858
21 SaraBeth Huntley
1735 Windsorbrooke Drive, Marietta, GA 30062
Cobb County
sbhuntley@yahoo.com
770-971-4702
22 Akbar Imhotep
P.O. Box 11386, Atlanta, GA 30310
Fulton County
imhotep1251@Hotmail.com
404-691-6515
23 Ruth and Ashley Ivey
4772 Rose Arbor Drive, Acworth, GA 30101
Cobb County
ashleyruthivey@hotmail.com
770-974-9421
24 Warren D. Jacobs
5275 Riverview Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
Fulton County
mazik43@yahoo.com
404-237-3371 day; 770-952-5144 evening
25 Natalie Jones
855 Harmony Grove Church Road, Acworth, GA 30101
Paulding County
njones69@hotmail.com
770-975-8145
26 Peggy K. Jones
3832 Woodcrest Circle NW, Cleveland, TN 37312
talewind@bellsouth.net
423-614-0451
27 Cathy Kaemmerlen
1857 Jackson's Creek Drive, Marietta, GA 30068
Cobb County
Alpha366@aol.com; www.tattlingtales.com
770-993-2643
28 Philip A. Kaplan
4507 Chattahoochee Way, Marietta, GA 30067
Cobb County
philkaplan@aol.com
404-264-4005 day; 770-952-8752 evening
29 Joe Keenan
167 Deercrest Circle; Franklin, TN 37069
Williamson County
nanjoe@bellsouth.net
615-646-9357
30 Mary Elena Kirk
15 Oakwood Road, Rome, GA 30165
Floyd County
jibarateller@aol.com
706-295-3883
31 Bob Linsenmayer
115 Ironwood Lane, McCormick, SC 29835
McCormick County
rlinsenmayer@infoave.net; www.singingstoryteller.com
864-391-2130
32 Eric Litwin
1238 Oakfield Drive, SE, Atlanta, GA 30317
DeKalb County
eric@ericlitwin.com
404-622-7791
33 Joanna Maddox
1129 Durrell Street, Austell, GA 30106
Cobb County
Joanna@joannamaddox.com
678-522-5915
34 Barry Stewart Mann
254 Connecticut Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307-2212
Dekalb County
sheribarry@hotmail.com
800-990-2961; 404-371-8759
35 Sharon Mathis
1143 Sanden Ferry Dr, Decatur, GA 30033
Dekalb County
mathis48@earthlink.net
404-873-1133 x22 day; 770-414-8491 evening
36 Joan B. McGinley
Stories Before Midnight
221 Piedmont Rd, Barnesville, GA 30204
Lamar County
jmcginley@thepcmd.org
770-358-0122
37 Jordan Pilzer
5233 Sandlewood Ct., Marietta, GA 30068
Cobb County
jpilzer@bellsouth.net
770-594-1218 day; 770-594-9428
38 John Rice
2704 Harrington Dr, Decatur, GA 30033
Dekalb County
jgrits5@aol.com
404-634-1682
39 Nancy Riggs
3920 Wieuca Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342
Fulton County
NancyERiggs@aol.com
404-816-1307
40 Diane Rooks
6345 Barberry Hill Drive, Gainesville, GA 30506
Forsyth County
Cobb County (Not available in Cobb County)
diane@storyjourney.com
678-889-8007
41 Jo Sanders
4417 Orchard Trace, Roswell, GA 30076
Fulton County
jostory@aol.com; www.jostory.com
770-619-2939; 770-335-6641 (cell)
42 David Schutten
PO Box 2647, Decatur, GA 30031
DeKalb County
presode@aol.com
678-837-1170 day; 404-299-1897 or 404-234-6341 evening
43 Martha Tate
900 Kipling Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Fulton County
marthatate@mindspring.com
404-352-4045 day; 404-351-5381 evening
44 Anne Wallace
200 Camp Creek Trail, Peachtree City, GA 30269
Fayette County
Anne50W@aol.com
770-288-2035 day; 770-487-3435 evening
45 Cynthia Watts
822 Mentelle Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Fulton County
Watts-story@mindspring.com
404-758-9873
46 Mary Hamilton Williams
4130 Drew Road, Cumming, GA 30040
Forsyth County
m.d.hamilton@att.net
mrslswjr@bellsouth.net
770-640-3253 day; 770-887-8478
47 Harvey T. Wilson
631 Patton Rd, Griffin, GA 30224
Pike County
mousebooks@hotmail.com
770-227-2997
48 Betty Ann Wylie
2795 Arden Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327
Fulton County
bawylie@mindspring.com
404-355-3951
49 Annice Yeary
206 Sunrise Path, Acworth, GA 30101
Paulding County
ayeary@paulding.k12.ga.us
770-974-6407 evening
50 Becky Yeatman
106 Stanley Terrace; Warren Robbins, GA 31088
Houston County
Yeatman106@earthlink.net
478-923-3306

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Locate by Index

The following indexes will help you match a storyteller to the event you are planning, the type of stories needed, the availability of the tellers and if they offer workshops. Use the numbers to find contact information on the individual tellers in the directory section.

Storytelling Venues Story Repertoire Teller Availability Workshop Offerings


Preferred Storytelling Venues

Birthday Parties 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 17, 20, 22, 23, 25, 32, 37, 46, 47
Churches/Synagogues 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49
Corporations/business functions 1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 36, 41, 42, 43, 44, 47
Elementary schools 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49
Festivals 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49
High Schools 3, 4, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30, 33, 34, 36, 38, 42, 44, 46
High Schools (including special ed/ld classes) 21
Libraries 22
Middle schools 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 23, 27, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38, 41, 42, 44, 46, 48
Preschools 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 22, 25, 31, 32, 37, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 49
Retirement communities 47
Retirement communities/nursing homes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 34, 36, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46, 49
Synagogues 16, 24
Other  
  Camps 4, 8, 38, 43
  Club Meetings 20
  Colleges

29

  Community events 4
  Conflict Resolution settings 38
  Cultural Arts Centers 27
  Day care 4
  Hospitals 4
  Intergenerational 11
  Library 1, 4, 13, 27, 28, 29, 38, 39, 43, 45
  Mental health and treatment facilities 30
  Museums 4, 27
  Oral History Conferences 38
  Parks/historical places 4, 13
  Reunions 5, 12
  Scouts 8
  Shopping malls/bookstores 4, 43
  Tour groups 6
  Women's clubs 13

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Repertoire
 

Character education 2, 4, 5, 11, 20, 23, 27, 28, 32, 33, 41, 44
Corporate/business related 10, 11, 17, 22, 25
Diversity/multicultural stories 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 32, 39, 40
Fairy Tales 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 31, 32, 35, 39, 42, 43, 44, 45
Folk Tales 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45
Healing Stories 1, 4, 11, 21, 27, 30
Historical 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 31, 36, 37, 39, 45
Humorous 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 44, 33, 34, 35, 36, 39, 42, 43, 45
Literary Tales 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31, 32, 36, 37, 45
Myths 4, 5, 6, 17, 18, 22, 27, 29, 30, 31, 35, 39, 41, 43
Personal 1, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 36, 39, 45
Sacred 1, 4, 6, 8, 17, 27, 39, 43, 45
Scary 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27, 28, 31, 32, 37, 39, 43, 45
Songs/music 1, 2, 7, 13, 15, 21, 28, 44, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 43
Southern 1, 4, 6, 7, 12, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 26, 32, 40, 41, 44, 45
Tales of different cultures 1, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 32, 35, 39, 40, 45
Tall Tales 4, 9, 12, 13, 17, 22, 27, 31, 34, 35, 41, 42, 44
Other  
  African-American and African Folktales 40
  Bilingual stories (English & Spanish) 27
  Black History 5
  Cattle Ranch Stories with Whip demo 34
  Dialect stories 15
  Drug awareness 6
  Environmental/Woodlore 31
  Fractured Fairy Tales 39
  Georgia stories 7
  Hispanic/Latino stories 27
  Holiday 7
  Jewish tales 11, 21
  Middle East Peace 1, 11, 38
  Music/Stories/Puppets 44
  Motivational/Inspirational Stories for Children 33
  One Woman Shows 23
  Original stories 29, 41, 43
  Original Urban Folktales 19
  Participatory 8
  Pun stories 15
  Puppet skits 19
  Puerto Rico Folktales 27
  Sea stories 35
  Sign Language 39
  Story theater style 4
  Stories with props 15
  Story-YELL-ing 15
  Travel stories 29
  Urban legends 24

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Availability

Weekdays 3, 9, 18, 23, 42
Weekends 3, 9, 10, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 42
Evenings 10, 14, 15, 20 (local area only), 22
Anytime 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45

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Workshops offered

Advanced storytelling 2, 13, 17, 19, 27, 32, 45
Beginning storytelling 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22, 27, 29, 32, 36, 37, 45
Corporate storytelling 11, 17
For students 2, 4, 6, 8, 13, 17, 19, 23, 27, 29, 32, 37
For teachers 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23, 27, 29, 32, 37, 40
From book to story 4, 13, 17, 23 27, 32, 37
Telling personal/family stories 2, 4, 6, 11, 13, 17, 27, 29, 40
Using voices/props/puppets 2, 13, 14, 17, 19, 32, 37
Other Workshops  
  Basic Improv 9
  Business writing 9
  Character Education through Storytelling 32
  Coaching (Performance, Speaking) 31
  Creativity 9, 30
  Develop workshops to fit a groups needs 27
  Heritage of Southern Storytelling (lecture) 7
  Historical 17
  Intergenerational 6
  Modeling Conflict Resolution Through Stories 38
  Recording personal, community, corporate stories 11
  Stories with related craft 4
  Story Theater 4
  Story Therapy groups 30
  Using Humor 9
  Using the library to research stories 36
  Using Music 37,44
  Using Sacred Stories 8
  Vocal and verbal technique 29

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