Storytelling Festival

Thursday, November 14
8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.



Stories - the original social network! We share our lives and heritage in stories, whether from long ago or just last week. Join your friends and colleagues as spellbinding performers Carol Birch and Bill Harley celebrate the everyday and fantastic in a casual evening of traditional and original tales.

Meet the storytellers after the performance for a Q&A session to inspire you and your students to become more involved in storytelling.

Meet the Storytellers

Carol Birch

Carol Birch understands metaphors rock! In her sure voice, literature’s appeal is appropriately conversational and intimate. Audiences respond to her infectious enthusiasm, and her peers have awarded her the Circle of Excellence for setting standards in excellence. Her style revitalizes language; her art is an absence of artifice; and the stories she tells offer memories of characters worth remembering.

Bill Harley

Bill Harley is a master storyteller. The nationally touring, critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, author, musician and monologist is considered by fans and peers alike to be one of the best storytellers in the country for his celebrations of commonality and humanity through comic narrative songs and confessional spoken works.

Valerie Tutson

Valerie Tutson, an International Heritage Gallery Individual Artist, delights listeners with her tale-telling. Valerie draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions. Her repertoire includes stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, and stories from African American history.

Photo credits: Carol Birch - Tom Raymond, Bill Harley - Susan Wilson