TSA Virtual Conference 2020

October 9-11, 2020
Storytelling in the Time of Corona

A virtual and online conference on the ZOOM platform



Online: Storytelling in the Time of Corona
Or Call: 940-380-9320 and ask for Beverly to register over the phone.

You may pay with a check if it is received by the registration deadline: Wednesday, October 7.
Online registration closes at midnight on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
Phone-in registration will be taken a limited basis on Thursday, October 8 until 5 pm Central Time.


  • Full Conference Pass: $40 with TSA Membership / $60 without TSA Membership
  • Full-Day Pass: $20
  • Children’s Concerts and Workshops Only Pass: $20
  • Adult Workshops Only Pass: $25
  • Adult Evenings Concerts Only Pass: $30
  • COV19 Pay What You Can Pass: $1 to ??
  • Purchased a 2020 Texas Storytelling Festival pass, but did not attend Pass: $0
    (Due to COV-19 and/or the festival cancellation, you were not able to attend.)



Friday, October 9, 2020

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Workshop

Start with the Basics: Folktales 101
Presenter: Sally Goodroe

Folktales are tried-and-true stories that have survived the test of time and so are perfect for all tellers, from beginners on. In this workshop, we will learn where to look for good folktales to tell, discuss how to learn their basic structure, and practice adding images and interpretation to create a tale for telling that will serve you for many years to come.
Sally Bates Goodroe has told stories for over 30 years in schools, libraries, and festivals. Sally’s favorite stories are world folktales, especially interactive stories, and stories from the British Isles. She has a master’s degree in folklore from the University of Edinburgh and works as a librarian in Houston.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Zoom Rooms

Open for socialization and dinner break
Zoom Tech/Moderator TBA

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Evening Concert

Storyteller: Tom McDermott
Tom McDermott is a seasoned, salted, and slightly solemn teller of tales, a crafter of ukulele wonders, and a Zen-Methodist pastor who is generally up to no good (for all the right reasons). For nearly 25 years he toured the US, Canada, and Ireland masquerading as a semi-talented musician and storyteller.

Storyteller: Darci Tucker
A shape-shifter who portrays more than 20 women from American history, also tells folktales, fairytales and ghost stories. She performs in schools all over the country and plans her Oklahoma trip each year to coincide with the Texas Festival, where she has been involved since 2011.

Storyteller: MaryAnn Blue
Mary Ann Blue is a bilingual storyteller who has been an active TSA member since it’s beginning. Mary Ann has served on the TSA Board, served as a Festival Director and Festival Artistic Director, and is a recipient of TSA’s John Henry Faulk Award. She has been a featured teller at the Texas Storytelling Festival on several occasions and featured storyteller a number of times at the George West Storyfest. Mary Ann is a retired Spanish teacher and has taught storytelling to many Texas children.

Featured Teller: Clare Murphy
Being a raconteur, performer and creator, Clare Murphy creates bespoke solo performances, cabaret (ala carte) storytelling events, and commissioned pieces. Since 2006, she has told stories around the world on many stages including The Globe, The National, The Barbican, the SoHo Theatres in London, and National Storytelling Festival in 2016 as well as at festivals, art centers, universities, public and private events, conferences and schools. She has collaborated with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Central Saint Martin’s University, National Museums of Ireland, and the Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado. Also, Clare is a writer, a consultant, and a teacher of storytelling, and a trainer for corporations and charities that look to improve their storytelling and communication skills. In 2017, the Texas Storytelling Festival is excited to present this international storytelling phenomenon.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Children’s Concert

Six Tellers TBA

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Children’s Workshop

Presenter TBA

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Adult Workshop

Music and Creativity to Enrich Storytelling
Presenter Dr. Trudy Hanson

This interactive workshop provides a variety of activities that can be used in a classroom setting to encourage the use of sound and rhythm in storytelling. Participants will participate in activities that teach basic musical concepts (pitch, volume, rhythm, and beat), as well as adding musical cues to a simple story.
Trudy L. Hanson serves as Chair of the Department of Communication at West Texas A&M University. She earned her doctorate at Texas Tech University. She has served as President of the Texas Speech Communication Association, the Southern States Communication Association, as well as editor of the Texas Speech Communication Journal. At WTAMU, she directs the annual storytelling festival.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Zoom Rooms

Open for socialization and dinner break
Zoom Tech/Moderator TBA

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Evening Concert

Featured Storyteller: Shonaleigh Cumbers
Shonaleigh is a drut’syla (storyteller) from the Yiddish oral tradition. She has worked as a storyteller within the secular world for the past 22 years across the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, United States and New Zealand. She was UK deputy national Storytelling Laureate 2010-12. She performs from the Barbican to Burngreave Village Hall, from the Albert Hall to Albert Park, Unstone, international festivals in the US, New Zealand and Europe, and all points in between. Her commissioned pieces include “The Tower Of Bagel,” the first commission from Festival at the Edge in 1998, and now available as a CD; “Fool of the Warsaw Ghetto;” “The Ruby Tree;” “The Golem;” “The Golden Labyrinth;” and other work. She has completed commissions for the British Library, the British Museum and Hay-on-Wye Literature Festival, and is a regular contributor to BBC arts programmes.

Storyteller: Bernadette Nason
Award-winning storyteller, actress, author, and TCA touring artist, Bernadette hails from England but performs everywhere. Acclaimed for her spirited multicultural folktales and anecdotes about her travels, Nason’s memoir, Tea in Tripoli, regarding her dangerous year in Libya, was recently published, and the sequel, Dinner in Dubai, is forthcoming.

Storyteller: Kanute Rarey
Kanute Rarey has a life-long love of story and oral tradition. His family would say he has always been a storyteller. Kanute says his dad could make life sound like a tall tale just sitting around the dinner table. He has told stories from courthouse steps in Jonesborough to NPR Story Slams in Asheville and places in between in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Since its beginning in 2015, he helps with the annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival, is a founder of Mountain Area Storytellers, and produces a monthly Open Mic Night for storytellers, writers, poets and singer-songwriters in his hometown in western North Carolina.

Storyteller: J. B. Keith
J.B. is a founding member of the Tejas Storytelling Association and the Dallas Storytelling Guild. He is a past president of TSA and a John Henry Faulk awardee. J.B. describes his original stories as the divergent wandering of an undisciplined mind on the brink of chaos.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Sacred Tales Concert

Storyteller: Jay Stailey
First featured in 1990, Jay has returned to Denton as a teller, emcee, workshop presenter, artistic director, volunteer, and even labyrinth facilitator. It’s the Texas Storytelling Festival that provided the impetus and inspiration for Jay Stailey: the author, recording artist, professor, and producer. Thanks for 35 years of storytelling joy.

Storyteller: Nancy Burks Worchester
Nancy Burks Worcester has made a living as a storytelling ventriloquist for almost 30 years. Accompanied by her “mannequin-American” friends, she has worked in almost every state as well as Canada and Mexico. She has a story included in Best Stories from the Texas Storytelling Festival. Nancy lives in Granbury with her firefighter husband and six rescue animals. She has four grandchildren.

Storyteller: David Claunch
David spent 21 years as a construction project engineer. Then his right brain demanded equal time! Suddenly, a clown, balloon artist, and storyteller appeared! He traveled and performed for 12 years. Now he teaches math and science at a recovery high school in Houston, and he tells stories, of course.

Storyteller: Jiaan Powers
Jiaan brings her love, expertise, and passion for storytelling to each of her performances. She tells multi-cultural folktales, literary tales, and ghost stories often weaving them together with snippets from down-home. Audience members experience the “intimacy of storying” as they participate in Jiaan’s workshops or listen to her tell.

Storyteller: David Titus
Dave has told stories and taught over 2 million children and adults. Last year he was working with adult recovering addicts in Ireland for three weeks, and a week in Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Slovakia, and Poland each using string stories and activities. He also worked with many children.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Children’s Concert

Six Tellers TBA

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Adults Tell to Kids Concert

Three Tellers TBA

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Adult Workshop

Storytelling in the Dual Language Classroom
Presenter : Sandra Aguirre-Magana
Learn how to integrate storytelling into your language arts curriculum to motivate your dual-language students to communicate in their second target language. Interactive strategies that stimulate second language acquisition skills in English and Spanish will be presented.
Sandra is a bilingual teacher and author from Chicago who now calls the Sun City of El Paso home. She has performed storytelling for students, friends, and family for many years. She believes her storytelling is inspired by family, especially her grandmothers who were the first storytellers she ever heard.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Zoom Rooms

Open for socialization and dinner break
Zoom Tech/Moderator TBA

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Evening Concert

Featured Storyteller: Sheila Starks Phillips
The 2005 recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award, Sheila has twice been a Teller in Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. Most recently Sheila was featured for the second time at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Lehi, Utah. She and Millie Kitty live in Sugar Land.

Storyteller: Consuelo Samparripa
Consuelo is an educator, award-winning author, bilingual storyteller, and performing artist. Her services include educational workshops for all ages, in-service/training workshops and public speaking engagements. Audiences relate to her different perspectives – as a native and a foreigner. Unique bilingual blends, interesting “noise makers”, shawls and costumes enhance her storytelling style.

Storyteller: Toni Simmons
Toni Simmons is an award-winning, dynamic storyteller and author who brings new life to her stories with songs, rhythms, chants, and audience participation. She has captivated audiences at many festivals including the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place, the National Black Storytelling Festival, and Texas Storytelling Festival. Internationally, she has performed in schools in South Africa, Germany, and Mexico. Toni is listed on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artist roster and was designated as an American Masterpiece by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her interactive sessions also use creative drama with a variety of age-appropriate folklore. The audience is taken on an imaginary story trip to different continents all the while helping to tell the stories.

Storyteller: Paul Normandin
Paul is a large man with a big mouth who loves to tell stories to anyone who can’t outrun him. Paul learned to tell stories from the loving feedback of children while teaching Sunday school. Paul remains humbled to play on any stage with his supportive and loving friends.

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