Festival Date: April 26-28, 2019
Reg Carpenter has been bringing songs and stories to audiences of all ages for over twenty years throughout the world. Regi has toured her solos shows and workshops nationally and internationally. Regi will be beginning the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival days with stories in Spartanburg on Wednesday, April 25, from 7-8:30pm at the Main Headquarters of the Spartanburg County Public Library. Regi will perform SNAP! the true tale of her severe mental illness as a teenager and her journey back to reality. Regi will facilitate two workshops on Thursday. The second workshop,The Power of Storytelling in Clinical Care and the Nonprofit Sector, will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 1-4pm and is open to healthcare professionals and nonprofits. Please contact us for information. Regi will entertain us with stories throughout the festival with stories and bits from her memoir, “Where There’s Smoke, There’s dinner: stories of a seared childhood” and tales of family life in a small river town with an undercurrent. Regi will give voice to multi-generations through her tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons and drives to the dump. Her stories will leave you longing for more.
Regi has received many awards, including the Storytelling World, Parent’s Choice and Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award. Regi has been featured on Sirius Radio, Apple Seed Radio, The Moth and NPR.
Growing up in Sin City, without cable television, Tony cultivated a life of adventure and imagination.These adventures would become the inspiration for stories that would capture the imagination of audiences around the world. A literal Master Storyteller, Tony has spent years captivating audiences with his larger than life tales. As an award winning speaker/storyteller, he has engaged hundreds of audiences with stories of humor, hope, and history. From unbelievable adventures that will have you wondering how he is still alive, to the untold stories of American History and Scripture, Tony immerses his audience in an imagination world that you never want to leave. His writings have been published in numerous publications for print and web. As a vision and story expert, he has spent over a decade helping organizations discover their personal and corporate story. Tony has spoken for colleges, churches, festivals, and fortune 500 companies. From the stage to the sanctuary, and from the classroom to the boardroom, his meaningful narratives leave audiences with a greater appreciation of life and a deeper understanding of themselves.
Sam Pearsall lives in Raleigh, NC and is a professional storyteller whose practice is to tell tall tales and true tales based on my own experiences and those of the people I know. Sam’s stories are intended to carry a bit of joy, a bit of wisdom, or a bit of truth. Sam has told true stories and tall tales all of his life, usually to friends and family. Sam retired in 2013 following 35 years as an ecologist working with conservation organizations in Maine, Tennessee, Hawaii, and North Carolina. Whether Sam’s story is a true tale or a tall tale, it is based on my own experiences, or those of people I know. Sam thinks we are all made of stories! Stories are what we remember, what we dream of, and how we think of each other. And every story is a whole world. As the author John Crowley said, “with any good story, the further in you go, the bigger it gets.” At the festival you may hear Sam tell the stories of Mark Twain’s First Triumph, Search and Rescue, Jim and the Mud Ball or something new! We welcome Sam from our class of 2018 New Voices as a Featured Teller for our 2019 Stone Soup Storytelling Festival.
Jeff Doyle lives in Brighton, Minnesota and started telling stories around the campfire when his kids were elementary age. His first story was The Blue Ape, which the kids asked to hear over and over again. Jeff joined the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild in 2005 and his passion for developing and refining this art form has only intensified with each performance. Jeff enjoys telling all types of tales, but specializes in funny stories and scary stories, which range from the somewhat scary to the truly terrifying. Jeff is an ardent believer that his audience should have fun and be entertained. His dedication to your satisfaction is what makes Jeff Doyle a premier storyteller. You will hear wild, funny and scary tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat! Whether it’s the story of “The Blue Ape,” the tale of “Pull My Finger Bob,” or his hilarious adult story “Office not Orifice,” you will be a captivated listener. Having developed his art by first telling stories around the family campfire, Jeff has since appeared at schools, theaters, festivals and libraries. Jeff will make sure that you have a laugh or two. We welcome Jeff from our class of 2018 New Voices to be a 2019 Featured Teller for our 2019 Stone Soup Storytelling Festival.
Karen has been sharing stories for over 30 years. She has performed in libraries, camps, churches, parks, schools, historic sites, festivals, and even on a stage floating in a lake in a cave. Karen has taught the “Art of Storytelling” at Ulster County Community College and “Discovering the Stories Within Us” at Ulster Performing Arts Center’s Expanding Horizon’s Art and Education Center.Karen was selected as a National Arts Education Fellow for her storytelling program: “There’s No Place Like Home: Stories of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains. Holding a MS in Early Childhood Education, Karen combines her 33 years of teaching experience with the art of storytelling, to work with teachers in elementary schools, giving workshops and visiting classrooms. Her workshops include, but are not limited to, “Once Upon a Time: It CAN Happen in Your Classroom, Community Storyteller: Drawing the Community Together through Story, Storytelling with Poverty in Mind, and The Mindful Storyteller. She has presented these workshops in the United States, Newfoundland, Canada, and most recently in Sydney, Australia. Karen is on the Board of Advisors of the Multifaith Storytelling Institute. Her newest work includes working with people in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction at Villa Veritas in Kerhonkson, NY. Her first CD, “The Crone and Other Lives I Have Lived” has just arrived and Karen can’t wait to share it! We welcome Karen from our class of 2018 New Voices as a Featured Teller for our 2019 Stone Soup Storytelling Festival.