Where Stories Come to Life


“Because stories matter.
Because stories have power.
Because stories have the power to change people.”

– Noa Baum

We all have a story.

We all need to be heard.

2021 Festival Update

Stone Soup is an intimate gathering of Liars, New Voices & Featured Tellers gathering together.

Through imagination and creativity, Stone Soup storytellers will lift us to another place and time.

2021 Festival Part 2:



Part 2 will be mostly virtual 


Lona Bartlett

North Carolina

Cooper Braun


Simon Brooks

New Hampshire

Yasu Ishida

South Carolina

Paul Strickland


2021 Featured Tellers

Meet our 2021 Stone Soup Storytelling Festival Featured Tellers!

Cooper Braun

Rumor is that Cooper Braun was raised by granola eating coyotes in Boulder Colorado and grew up without a television. He started his performance career as an actor and in 2013 rekindled his childhood love for live storytelling. Stories with Spirit, his company with Rachel Ann Harding, attracts storytellers and audience members from around the world. Cooper was awarded the 2018 JJ Reneaux Emerging artist Award by the National Storytelling Network.

Cooper’s stories remind us that fairy tales were never just for children. That traditional stories can be funny, dark, poignant, and anything but dry.

Simon Brooks

Simon’s been entrancing audiences for over 18 years. His tales, both live and his award-winning recordings, combine the intensity of solo performance with the intimacy of face-to-face conversations, delighting all.

Simon has performed at hundreds of schools, libraries, festivals including the National Storytelling Festival and the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Utah. He is a storyteller, podcaster, Englishman, and more!

Lona Bartlett

Lona is a professional storyteller, puppeteer and educator who has delighted audiences throughout the U.S. and internationally for over 30 years. She grew up in the Catskill mountains which is part of the Appalachian mountain range. She blends together her love of story, puppets, and small town life to create a unique experience on stage. 

Lona may entertain us with folktales, fairytales, puppets or personal stories. 

Get ready for Lona! We never know what she may tell. 

Paul Strickland

You will surely want to meet Paul Strickland’s Ain’t True and his Uncle False, who live in Big-Fib Cul-de-sac, a small trailer park in the mythical America south just off the coast of Factual.

Paul’s collections of hilarious and heart-felt tall-tale fantasies have won “Best of Fest” honors at Fringe Theatre Festivals across the U.S. and Canada. His NYC stage debut was with his award-winning shadow and flashlight ghost story play “13 Dead Dreams of ‘Eugene'”.

Paul loves to adapt and connect with whoever is listening, he is always creating something new for you to hear and enjoy!

Yasu Ishida

Yasu is an award winning magician and storyteller. Born in Ube City in Japan, and inspired by the movie “Patch Adams”, he came to the U.S. to become a professional hospital clown. After graduating from the Chavez Studio of Magic, the world’s most prestigious magic school, he has been entertaining family audiences all over the U.S. including the Disney Summer Stage Kids in New York, the Florida Storytelling Festival and Hawaii Book & Music Festival.

Most recently, Yasu has been sharing his performance arts of storytelling and magic to educate and entertain students in their virtual settings.

Come experience the magic of Yasu Ishida! 

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MUSE 134

In addition to the annual festival, Stone Soup hosts events that showcase the art of storytelling in the community. Many of these events are held at the headquarters of Stone Soup, MUSE 134 on South Main Street in Woodruff, SC.

Tom and Karyn Davies

What Others Say

Storytelling is a lost art and one that our future generation [should] learn.”

Stone Soup at MUSE Visitor

It was a fantastic festival. So many great stories and tellers, such passion and dedication and SUNSHINE.

New Voice participant, 2018 festival

Really enjoyed seeing my kids’ eyes glued to something other than TV!”

Ghost Story Series Attendee

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