Texas Storytelling Festival

Texas Storytelling Festival events will take place at 3 different locations around Denton, check the schedule to see where each event will be taking place.

Woman’s Club Building | 610 Oakland Street, Denton

Senior Center | 509 North Bell Street, Denton

Emily Fowler Library | 502 Oakland Street Denton

The 34th Annual Texas Storytelling Festival will prove to be an amazing event featuring world renowned storytellers sharing tales around the theme – One World: Many Voices. Many Tales.” The featured storytellers will be Antonio Rocha, Twice Upon A Time, Josh Goforth, and In the Spirit.

The Talespinner Party, Story Store, Concessions, and the Silent Auction are important fundraisers for the Tejas Storytelling Association.


The Talespinner Party is Saturday night. Come out for this lively gathering of storytellers and story lovers. TSA provides pre-dinner beer, wine, and appetizers.  Juicy Pig BBQ takes into consideration the needs of vegan and vegetarian diets, so be sure to identify your needs when you purchase your ticket with registration.


story storeOur Story Store features storytelling books, CDs, puppets and other items that storytellers love but cannot always find when they need them! Story Store is open before, after, and between concerts at the Senior Center. Store will open at 3:00pm on Friday and will close at 7:30pm on Saturday.


Concessions are sold at the festival. You are welcome to snack as your heart and tummy desire. You may indulge in soft drinks, coffee, chips, granola bars, candy and fruit knowing that your purchase is helping TSA pursue its mission.


silent auctionThe Silent Auction runs from Friday morning until 7:00pm on Saturday night. It features items donated by storytellers, festival participants and guests with new items being added as festival goers arrive, so check back regularly!  This year’s auction features a “Buy me now” table, just like eBay! Would you like to donate something to the silent auction or the “Buy me now” table? Please bring them to festival or contact TSA. Auction winners may pick up their items at intermission or after the Saturday evening concert.


Deadline for festival rates is February 22, 2019.

2019 Texas Storytelling Festival Host Hotel:

SpringHill Suites Marriott
1434 Centre Place Drive
Denton TX 76205
Reserve under Texas Storytelling Festival
Click here to book online.

Special festival rate of $102 per night per room. Choice of 1 King or 2 Queen Beds.

SpringHill provides a shuttle service to the Denton Civic Center, complimentary breakfast, and a restaurant on site. Each room has a refrigerator, coffee maker, and a microwave. Free parking

Remember: Booking at the SpringHill Suites helps the Tejas Storytelling Association defray costs. They provide rooms for the featured tellers based on number of rooms booked and used.




Coming North on I-35
Exit at Teasley
Continue on the access roadTurn right on Centre Place Drive
Spring Hill Suites is on the left
Coming South on I-35
Exit at Teasley
Go under I-35
Turn left onto the I-35 access road
Turn right on Centre Place Drive
Spring Hill Suites is on the left



March 7

Senior Center Woman’s Club Emily Fowler Library
5:00  –
7:00 pm
on the Sun Porch
6:30 –
7:00 pm
Rhythms of the World
Mariachi Los Tigres
7:00 –
9:30 pm
Ghost Stories aslConcert 



March 8

Senior Center Woman’s Club Emily Fowler Library
9:00 – 
10:30 am
Workshop B

Fran Stallings

“Storying Your Classroom”

Workshop A

Dr. Kweethai

“Telling Stories to Help Clients Heal”

10:45 am – 
12:15 pm
Voices of the World

Opening Concert asl
with Featured Tellers

Voices of the World

Opening Concert asl
with Featured Tellers

12:15 – 
1:15 pm
Lunch (Jason’s Deli)
and Story SwapsFREE
1:15 – 
2:15 pm
Featured Teller Concert

Twice Upon A Time

Story Slam


2:30 – 
3:45 pm
Two Chairs Telling

Antonio Rocha and Josh Goforth

2:30 – 
4:00 pm
Workshop C

Mark Goldman

“The Ebb and Flow of a Story”

Workshop D

Sara Armstrong

“Dilemma Stories Build Empathy”

3:45 – 
4:15 pm
Taste of the World
Sweet Retreat Break
4:00 – 
5:30 pm
Workshop E
Darci Tucker”Be the Story!”
Workshop F
In the Spirit”Finding the Music in Our Stories”
4:15 – 
5:15 pm
Rising Stars Concert
5:15 –

6:00 pm

Tejas Storytelling Association Business Meeting
5:15 – 
7:00 pm
Friday Night Dinner
La Mexicana
7:00 – 
7:30 pm
Rhythms of the World
TWU International Dance Company
Rhythms of the World
UNT Chinese Ensemble
7:30 – 
10:00 pm
It’s a Wonderful World: asl

Concert of Featured Tellers

It’s a Wonderful World: asl
Concert of Featured Tellers


Saturday March 9 Senior Center Woman’s Club Emily Fowler Library
9:00 – 
10:30 am
Workshop G

Sean Buvala

“Contemporary Marketing for Experienced Performers”

Workshop H

Jiaan Powers

“Beginners’ Storytelling 101”

10:00 am – 
11:15 pm
It’s a Small World:

Family Concert asl

All ages welcome


10:00 am –

11:30 am

At the Edge of the World: Fringe Concert


10:30 am – 
12:00 pm
Workshop I 
Josh Goforth”Finding Your Story”
11:30 am – 
1:30 pm
  Older Kids’
Lunch, Workshop and Story Swaps (Ages 8 -14) – FREE
Younger Kids’
Lunch, Workshop and Story Swaps (Ages 3-7) – FREE
12:00 pm – 
1:00 pm
Lunch (Jason’s Deli) and

Story Swaps (FREE)

Guild Meeting
1:00 pm – 
2:30 pm
Workshop J

Lorene McHutcheon Stillwell

“Calling the Ancestors”

1:15 –

2:15 pm

Around the World in 60 Minutes

John Henry Faulk Concert with

Fran Stallings, Traphene Hickman, Twice Upon a Time, and Dee Cee Cornish

3:00 –

4:30 pm

World of asl
Fake News
Fringe Concert
Featured Teller Concert:

In the Spirit

3:00 pm – 
4:30 pm
Workshop K

Twice Upon A Time “Storytelling as a healing tool — a conversation”

4:15 pm – 
5:00 pm
  Social Hour
5:00 pm – 
7:00 pm
Talesspinner Dinner

Juicy Pig BBQ
and TSA Awards Ceremony

7:00 pm – 
7:30 pm
Rhythms of the World:
Drum Talk 

Oba William King
(Bring your own drum)
Rhythms of the World: Drum Talk 
Nana Kweku
(Bring your own drum)
7:30 pm – 
10:00 pm
We Are The aslWorld: Concert

of Featured Tellers

We Are The aslWorld: Concert

of Featured Tellers



March 10

Senior Center Woman’s Club Emily Fowler Library
8:00 –
11:00 am
Master Class
Antonio Rocha”Hidden Gems”
9:00 – 
10:30 am
Sacred Tales asl



10:30 – 
10:45 am
Tai Chi:

Janet Bickel-Burton FREE

10:45 – 
11:00 am
Flute Circle / Meditation:

Richard Nash


11:00 am – 
1:00 pm
Goodbye Story World: Closing Concert asl

of Featured Tellers

aslASL interpreters Joel Hill (joshfrog94@yahoo.com) and Libby Tipton (mtnterp@gmail.com) are available at the events as marked.

Festival Tickets

Now is your chance to be a part of this memorable event. You can register for the Festival in a number of ways.

Friday, February 21, 2019 – Deadline for early bird registration. Save $35!


Ways to Register –

Click here to be redirected to the Festival Registration page.

Purchase your tickets with a credit card. Payments are processed by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account. You will receive an email receipt from PayPal. If you do not receive this receipt, it probably means that the payment did not go through. Call or email the TSA office to confirm the payment and make other payment arrangements.

Click here to Download Registration Form and mail to the office.

To have a ticket purchase form mailed or faxed to you, contact TSA at 940-380-9320 or email tsa@tejasstorytelling.com

Refunds: There will be no refunds after February 28, 2019.


Early Bird: Full Festival Pass   
$60 with TSA Membership / $95 without TSA Membership

After Early Bird/At Door:  Full Festival Pass        
$95 with TSA Membership / $130 without TSA Membership

Full Day Pass: 
$50 with TSA Membership / $75 without TSA Membership

Individual Prices: 

$10 Concert or Event
$15 Workshop
$50 Master Class
$8 or $10 Friday or Saturday Lunch Box

$15 Friday Dinner
$25 Saturday Dinner

FREE: Ghost Stories Concert, Friday Opening Concert, Fringe Concert, Family Concert and Activities, Story Slam, Sacred Tales, Tai Chi and Flute Circle.

TSA Yearly Membership:

$35 Individual
$60 Family
$75 Organization
$10 Youth

Full Festival and Day Passes as well as concert and workshop tickets for the festival are available at the door. Parking is Free.

Meet The 2019 Festival Featured Storytellers


Antonio RochaAntonio Rocha

Antonio Rocha (pronounced Haw-sha), is an award winning storyteller whose unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been presented not only in premier venues in the United States, but also in fifteen other countries across six continents. With his tenor voice, realistic sound effects and mesmerizing moves, Antonio is sure to tickle your funny bone and delight your soul. Antonio has thirty-three years experience as a solo performer not only to entertain, but to also showcase lessons from different aspects of life. Using versatile yet economic nature of storytelling and mime, he invites the audiences to activate their imagination through rich symbolism and imagery.

“Antonio Rocha is a warm, compassionate channel-er of important stories who can touch any audience. His stories are meaningful and resonant. He is tender and fierce. He uses every tool at his disposal — his face, his voice, his body — in service of the tale to be told. Most importantly, to me, is his acute awareness of the audience with whom he is working. His stories shift and change to meet them halfway, whoever they are, whatever age they are, whatever mood they bring in the door. He is a master.” Mark Lutwak, Former Director of Education, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Website: storyinmotion.com
Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ch0JQxTfruc


Twice Upon a TimeTwice Upon A Time

Want to be entertained? Enchanted? Educated? Empowered to battle life’s dragons? Telling together since 2000, this tandem storytelling team shares myriad folktales, fairy tales, ghost stories and personal accounts with humor and insight for all ages and environments. They utilize the ancient art of storytelling to explore the complex and challenging issues of our modern society. Through the experience of listening to and sharing stories, children and adults alike can be united in their families, schools, work places, communities and therapeutic settings. Storytelling opens us up to understanding the connections we have with others around our wonderful globe.

In addition to being members of the Dallas Storytelling Guild, Tejas Storytelling Association, and National Storytelling Network, Gene and Peggy have been on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist Roster since 2003 and the Mid-America Arts Alliance Touring Roster program since 2006.

Website: www.twicetellers.com
Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enq_SmmTP4M


Josh GoforthJosh Goforth

From the Appalachian Mountains and most famous for his fiddling, Goforth is a highly accomplished Grammy nominated old-time, bluegrass, and swing musician and ballad singer. He engages his audience with tales of heritage and music as storytelling has come naturally to Goforth as playing music. Josh is exceptionally seen as a storyteller, whether singing a mountain ballad or telling audiences of family tales.

He appears regularly at storytelling festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Josh also tours extensively nationally and internationally. He collaborates with North Carolina musicians Laura Boosinger and David Holt, with whom he was nominated for a Grammy. Josh Goforth weaves together the different colors and textures of his Madison County, North Carolina heritage with a few stories, a few fiddle tunes, and a haunting ballad.

Email: joshgoforthmusic@gmail.com
Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IxeuIZ35v4



In the SpiritIn the Spirit

Almost twenty years ago, Emily Hooper Lansana and Glenda Zahra Baker came together to form Performance Duo: In the Spirit. They have developed an extensive repertoire of stories that carry us on enthralling journeys. Each performance celebrates the power of the word to connect, uplift and transform that reflects an ancient African and contemporary African American forms.

They have been recognized for their commitment to community and their vision for change. They have worked with people of all ages, faiths, and cultures from homeless shelters to universities. In each place they remain focused on the belief that creative expression can be an important vehicle for transformation. Past performances include: The National Storytelling Festival, and The National Association of Black Storytellers.

Email: inthespiritstories@yahoo.com

2019 Festival Workshops

Dr. KweethaiWorkshop A

Dr. Kweethai
Telling Stories to Help Clients Heal
Clients who suffer from emotional trauma or relationship challenges, whether in the workplace or at home, often find it difficult to articulate their issues. Story telling offers a safe platform for clients to resonate with and share so they can get some relief.

Dr. Kweethai developed the iChange Therapy Process integrating hypnotherapy, communication skills and Energy medicine to help clients heal. Story telling is an integral part of her work. 
 www.iHealthHypnotherapySchool.com or www.DrKweethai.com

Fran Stallings

Workshop B

Fran Stallings

Storying Your Classroom
Fran works with the magical Mr. C (Jeff Cauthen), a master teacher who covers essential curriculum by inventing student activities based on Fran’s folktales. He can’t come to Denton; but in this workshop you will experience field-tested examples and practice designing your own activities to foster language arts, reading, STEM and geography – through stories!

A 15 year veteran of extended residencies in Oklahoma schools, Fran collaborates with teachers in year-long story-based programs that have raised student standardized test scores amazingly. Her work with master educator Jeff Cauthen (Mr. C) has an international following. 

Mark GoldmanWorkshop C

Mark Goldman 
The Ebb and Flow of a Story
Good stories are not merely point “A” to point “B”. Like a river, good stories have an ebb and flow; changing speeds, rushing rapids, pools of calm. This workshop walks you step-by-step through this tested “flow chart” method of crafting your story. This process allows the teller to make conscious decisions regarding scenes, characters, POV, and the best structure for a given audience and environment!

Mark teaches Storytelling at Glendale Community College in Phoenix, AZ; coaches tellers; and facilitates workshops. His E-Newsletter at www.storytellermark.com provides “Tips” and “Tidbits” about storytelling. He is the author of Storytelling Tips: Creating Crafting and Telling Stories, from Parkhurst Brothers Publishers.

Sara ArmstrongWorkshop D

Sara Armstrong

Dilemma Stories Build Empathy 
Each of us has many stories to tell. Each story has at least one point of view. Let’s explore stories from different points of view to build understanding and empathy. This interactive session includes activities around a number of familiar and not so familiar stories that we can view from different perspectives.

Sara Armstrong is a life-long educator, learner, and storyteller, who serves as co-chair for the Storytelling Association of California. She is a recent Guest Editor for NSN’s Storytelling Magazine on the topic of “Empathy: Expanding Points of View.”

Darci TuckerWorkshop E

Darci Tucker 
Be the Story!
Bring your stories to life by letting the characters speak for themselves! Hear the story of early Texas by meeting and interviewing Jane Long, one of the first Anglo settlers in Texas. Then learn, step-by-step, how you, too, can portray historical and fictional characters.

Darci Tucker tells folktales and fairytales and portrays more than 20 women from US history. She performs at schools and festivals across the nation.
www.americanlives.net or darci@americanlives.net


In the SpiritWorkshop F

In the Spirit

Finding the Music in Our Stories

This workshop is ideal for storytellers who love music but are not musicians and for those who are musicians but still finding their way into a story.

How do we find the musical moments in our stories? Explore techniques for enhancing stories with music including creating original rhythms and chants, and incorporating traditional African American songs. Consider how the use of music can help to build stronger connections with the story and the audience.

In The Spirit are 2019 Featured Tellers.

Sean BulavaWorkshop G

Sean Buvala 
Contemporary Marketing for Experienced Performers
Get focused on your purpose. Marketing is still essential to the experienced working artist. There are so many more media voices that now serve as paths for the working artist, but you need to know which parts of your many tales each one wants to promote. We’ll explore changes in marketing over the last decades and you’ll create two immediately useful promotional outlines. Bring your smart phone!

Sean Buvala was the first to introduce storytelling into the online world via podcasts, audio stories, and professional directories. He’s been teaching artists over the last 30+ years to embrace the full spectrum of marketing while staying true to their art form.
Seantells.com or seantells@gmail.com


Jiaan PowersWorkshop H

Jiaan Powers
Beginners’ Storytelling 101
Connect with dynamic storyteller Jiaan Powers and discover your own deep well of stories. Use the partner and group activities of best story practices to inspire your own program work. Have fun discovering your voice and leave ready to share your tales and the ancient gift of storytelling in your world.

Jiaan Powers grew up in Beaumont, Texas, with family and friends and later in public classrooms teaching school. Currently she delights audiences of all ages with traditional tales, ghost tales and snippets from down home. Jiaan lives in Dallas with her husband and five cats.
jiaanpowers.com or jiaanpowers@jiaanpowers.com



Josh GoforthWorkshop I

Josh Goforth

Finding Your Story
This workshop will be taught based on the students that come to the workshop. It will be individualized and personal to each participant.

Josh Goforth is a 2019 Featured Teller.

Lorene StillwellWorkshop J

Lorene McHutcheon Stillwell
Calling the Ancestors
Stories, legends, myths, family tales even histories encode the accumulated wisdom of humanity, the voice of the ancestors. To call the ancestors is to connect with that heritage, release those stories and share them to connect with ourselves, each other, and the world.

Lorene McHutcheon Stilwell was raised in a matriarchal lineage of Scots Seanachaen (traditional storytellers) on the West Coast of Scotland surrounded by stories. Lorene has deepened her sense of story through the lifelong study of mythology, literature, music, and poetry of the Celtic peoples. 


Twice Upon a TimeWorkshop K

Twice Upon A Time

Storytelling as a healing tool—a conversation
With a combined 40 years of experience in allowing storytelling to work its magic in healing environments, Gene and Peggy have utilized stories, both in telling and coaching at addiction treatment facilities; local, state and federal penal institutions; juvenile detention centers; medical environments; hospice; domestic violence shelters; and veteran organizations, as well as in raising awareness of human trafficking. They will share experiences, examples, techniques and resources to empower others to tap into their own storytelling talents and healing potentials. Adult sensitive subject matter and adult language. 18 and over only.

Twice Upon A Time are 2019 Featured Tellers.