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Cave Run Storytelling Festival Tellers

REGI CARPENTER
For over twenty years, Regi has been bringing songs and stories to audiences of all ages in schools, theaters, libraries, at festivals, conferences and in back yards.  She is the youngest daughter in a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. These tales celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River. Tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons, and drives to the dump give voice to multi-generations of family life in a small river town with an undercurrent.

 

 

 

 

 

MARY HAMILTON
When Mary takes the stage, the show unfolds in the hearts and minds of her audiences.  She has told stories at storytelling festivals, performing arts festivals, conferences, universities, theatres, libraries, museums, schools, and private gatherings.  Mary's storytelling is listed in the Kentucky Performing Arts Directory, a juried directory of Kentucky's finest performers.  The National Storytelling Network has honored Mary with a Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, presented to artists recognized by their peers to be master storytellers who set the standards for excellence and have demonstrated over a significant period of time a commitment and dedication to the art of storytelling.

 

 

 

 

KEVIN KLING
Best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio and his storytelling stage shows, Kevindelivers hilarious, often tender stories.  Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.  Kevin has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized his artistry.

 

 

BIL LEPP
Growing up in a family where it was the responsibility of the listener to decide whether or not a story was true, Bil became adept at spinning tales at an early age.  A nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, Bil’s humorous stories delight listeners of all ages and from all walks of life. Though a champion liar, his stories often contain morsels of truth which shed light on universal themes.  Be it a hunting trip, a funeral, or a visit to the dentist, Bil can find the humor in any situation.  While his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest.

 

 

 

 


BARBARA MCBRIDE-SMITH
Barbara transports you from the ancient world of the Greek gods and goddesses to the post-modern experiences of her Baby Boomer generation, narrates the lives of shady ladies and bad boys of the Bible, navigates literature with the heart and soul of a librarian, identifies with country music and rock n’ roll, and interprets it all with a Texas-born cheerleader’s perspective. Entertainer, historian, preacher, and storyteller all rolled into one, Barbara serves up sweet truth with a side of southern grit.

 

 

 

 

CLARE MUIREANN MURPHY
From mainstages of theatres to medieval round towers Clare has told tales for all ages in more than 20 countries. Clare’s wide repertoire of stories includes traditional folklore to ancient mythology, reportage to historical tales. Clare also performs at festivals, art centers, universities, public and private events, conferences and schools. She teaches storytelling and trains people in communication skills via The National Theatre’s TheatreWorks program. With her lilting Irish accent, Clare is a storyteller, performer, writer, dramaturg, teacher, consultant, wanderer, and wonderer.

 

 

 

BOBBY NORFOLK
Bobby's ability to read and connect with audiences of all ages makes him one of America’s premier storytellers. Using dynamic movement and vocal effects, Bobby creates vibrant characters who come to life through imaginative, creative story. Living History programs that highlight the African-American experience, and toe-tapping musical shows that feature song and live musicians are also part of his repertoire. His stories promote traits such as respect, responsibility, cultural diversity, and literacy. He inspires and motivates kids and adults telling stories that can be shared through the oral tradition. “No fancy electronics, just teller, listener, and imagination.”

DON WHITE
There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He has survived and thrived for twenty-five years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter.  He has invented his own genre with a mix of humor and powerful songwriting.  Don is the ultimate observer, infusing his work with his experiences as a husband, a father, a seeker, and a joker.  Although Don has performed at the National Storytelling Festival, this is his first appearance at Cave Run.