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Alabama Storytelling Association Directory

Are you planning a special event or festival, or are you just looking to add variety to that business meeting or luncheon? Let us help you out. Our storytellers are as unique and varied as the tales they tell.


Bruce Walker

Bruce Walker takes the family story narrative to a whole new level telling stories about a place called "Walker's Bend"; where life is simpler but not simple-minded. He performs in a wide variety of venues: festivals, churches, civic organizations, business groups and coffeehouses to name a few. Drawing from his experiences as a minister, pilot and business owner; he tells original stories that will make you laugh, think and cry. To learn more, or sign up for our e-newsletter visit
http://brucestoryteller.com/

 

Renee Simmons Morrison

Morrison grew up on a "mystical" Alabama dairy farm where dogs talked, fairies danced, and her best childhood friend was an invisible creature named Noseplips. She weaves tales about her beloved Calico, delighting audiences with "deliciously frightening" ghoast stories and enthralling listeners with sounds such as barking dogs, hissing banshees, and howing shape shifters. She often portrays characters such as Victorian Lady, a safari guide or a wild hillbilly woman. To learn more about her, contact:
rmorrison@jsu.edu

  Renee Simmons Morrison as Lady Von Nuthatch

Millie Jackson

Millie Jackson grew up listening to tall tales, lies, fibs, and folk tales from her grandma, aunts and uncles, and cousins. She knows a good story when she hears it. Millie tells stories from various folk traditions and from her personal experiences. For the past several years Millie has been performing in schools, libraries, museums and at festivals in Tennessee, Alabama and Michigan. Millie has an M.A. in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University and works in the University Library at The University of Alabama. Please visit her website at www.millietells.com or contact her by email at millie.jackson@gmail.com

 

Sara DuBose

Sara DuBose is a storyteller and author of four novels: Where Hearts Live, Where Love Grows, Where Memories Linger and A Promise for Tomorrow. She is also author of one non-fiction entitled Conquering Anxiety. Her other credits include articles and stories for numerous publications including seven anthologies. Sara has received a first place award from Putting Your Passion into Print and a first place award from the Southeastern Writer’s Association. She currently travels as a speaker for storytelling events, festivals, civic clubs, schools and churches. Sara and her husband live in Montgomery, Alabama. She may be contacted at www.saradubose.com

 

Ashley Hulsey Coutch

Ashley Hulsey Coutch is a practicing storyteller, songwriter and educator working out of Birmingham, Alabama. She worked as a storyteller for the Birmingham Public Library System for several years before she moved on to form her own freelance business. She has told stories and sung her children's songs with the guitar for thousands of children at festivals, schools, libraries, churches, camps and daycares. Ashley is also an alumnus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa's MFA program in creative writing, and she is working on several children's books. She is available for booking at ashley.hulsey@yahoo.com, or 213-205-1061.

 

Doug Wells

Doug is a popular Alabama storyteller. His ability to “paint pictures with words” captivates his audience. He grew up on an Alabama farm and was educated in advanced music studies. In the sixties and seventies, he toured the country as a concert pianist. Later he changed his performance to comic routines and incorporated stories into his program, with outstanding results. He is a three-time champion, first place winner of the Toastmaster International Humorous Speech and Storytelling Competition. His wide range of experiences, farm boy to concert stages, makes Doug an unforgettable storyteller. Contact him at 256-614-3862 or dougwells316@gmail.com or visit his website at www.dougwells.biz

  Doug Wells - click to visit website

James (Jym) Miller

An Irish storyteller (Seanachai), James (Seamus in Irish) tells stories about growing up in Ireland in and around a small village called Ballyboghil. (YES, there is really such a place just fifteen miles northeast of Dublin.) Jym also shares more traditional stories from Ireland told to him by his Mother and Grandmother. Jym now makes his home near Huntsville and can be reached at feadog@bellsouth.net

  Jym Miller

Brenda Pritchett

"Oh, dear I'm late for a very important date..." moans Mrs. Peabody (a.k.a. Brenda Pritchett) and so begins the story time with the children. I have been telling stories for 30+ years and love how the power of story can educate us, inspire and encourage us, and even cause us to change the way we think about some things. I welcome the opportunity to share stories and classes with children as well as lead adults and parents in storytelling workshops. View my web page: www.brendapritchett.com or call 662.328.4805 for more information.

  Brenda Pritchett

Dolores Hydock

Dolores Hydock’s vivacious style fills the stage with a swirl of characters in her funny, affectionate stories about family fireworks, food fads, true love, and other peculiarities of everyday life. In addition to personal stories, her award-winning adaptations of medieval adventures, literary stories, and traditional tales make ancient wisdom come alive for 21st century story lovers. Dolores has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, and a Teller-in-Residence at Jonesborough's International Storytelling Center. Her work has been featured at storytelling festivals, story concerts, conferences, one-woman shows, retreats, and special events throughout the U.S., and her six CDs of original stories have all received Resource Awards from Storytelling World Magazine. For more information, visit www.storypower.org, call 205-951-7757 or email dolores@storypower.org

  Dolores Hydock

Sara McDaris

After thirty-four years, Sara McDaris retired as storyteller for the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. In that capacity she produced and hosted Grunches and Grins, shown on APT for nineteen years. She was on the initial staff of WLRH Public Radio, and is now a regular contributor to its Writers Corner. Sara has been selected as narrator for both The Community Chorus and The Huntsville Symphony. The HSO Board commissioned her libretto, Amanda Miranda’s Amazing Birthday, to be orchestrated. Sara narrated the orchestra’s performances of the piece. She remains an active storyteller, freelancing throughout the area. Contact her at sarakile@hotmail.com

  Sara McDaris

Sarah Mutziger

Sarah is a seasoned storyteller with something for all ages. She began telling while she was a therapist and quickly discovered that stories offered metaphors and maps for the healing process. She teaches others about telling stories and using stories for healing and transformation in workshops, seminars and classes. Sarah’s repertoire includes worldwide folklore, mythology, legends, and unusual ghost stories. While working as an assistant children’s librarian, Sarah developed a passion for working with toddlers. She expanded her repertoire to include puppets, song, and rhythm with rhyme. Everyone moves in toddler time. Sarah tells stories anywhere and everywhere. Contact her at smeyermut@hotmail.com

  Sara Mutziger

Katrina Estes Hill

Also known as “Mizippihippi”, Katrina is an artist, writer, and storyteller from Louisville, Mississippi. Her collection of stories is based on her book, “Fatdaddy’s Watermelon and Other Tales from the Hollow”. Her tales are reminiscent of childhood on her grandparents’ farm in rural Winston County. Her Southern tales range from hilarious to heart-warming and are appropriate for all ages. Her children’s book, “My Imagination”, released in August of 2007, won the Mom's Choice Gold Award and is listed in ForeWord Magazine's top twenty finalists for Best Children's Book. You can learn more about her and view some of her art by visiting her websites at www.katrinaesteshill.com and www.myspace.com/mizippihippi and www.facebook.com/mizippihippi.

  Katrina Estes Hill

Elizabeth Vander Kamp

Elizabeth weaves homespun stories, myths, legends and fairy tales into her telling. She began telling stories when she forgot her homework in the 3rd grade. Which led her to the stage and writing two solo performance pieces. The first, "Priscilla Tulip Spring is Getting Married", chronicles the tale of a woman who marries herself. The second piece, The "Babe's Back", tells the life story of the 20th Century's Greatest Female Athlete, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, and has received critical acclaim across the U.S. and Canada. Elizabeth has a standing engagement upstairs in her daughters' bedroom where she tells stories every night. She can be reached at summerred63@yahoo.com.

  Elizabeth Vander Kamp

 

 
         
 

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