Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2018-August 31, 2020

2018-2020
Texas Touring Roster

Carolina Storyteller

Carolina Storyteller

Carolina is a storyteller performer who has researched and brought to life a wide repertoire of myths and traditional tales from the length and breadth of Hispanic and Latin America. She has developed a distinctive bilingual style of telling that shines with poetic intensity. Her performances find common language and meanings to convey powerful images in her tales. Carolina has performed in schools, libraries and festivals in Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mexico and Costa Rica. In 2016, she was awarded the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant and became a Wolf Trap Teacher Artist Children have laughed and learned with her shows “Juan Bobo and Other Children Heroes,” "When the Animals Could Talk,” “In Search of Heroes,” “The Feathered Serpent,” and “Of Love and Other Tricksters." Adults have been inspired by “Peace by Piece,” “Las Animas de los Muertos,” and “Curanderiando: Tales of Healing.” In 2018-2019, Carolina is bringing to the stage “Quimeras of Gold, Dust and Silver: Men in Search of Legendary Places,” “Lost Mines, Devils and Vaqueros,” “Raven and Coyote: Doing and Undoing the World,” and “Señora Muerte: Come, Danza y te lleva con la guadaña!”

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Carolina Quiroga
3909 DeWitt County Ct
Killeen, TX  76549

phone 423-943-6736
phone#2 423-943-6736
e-mail storytellercarolina@gmail.com
public performance/concert $300 - $500
school performance $250 - $750
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $600
website http://www.carolinastoryteller.com

 

Decee Cornish

Decee Cornish

Decee Cornish is an oral historian, writer and storyteller providing multicultural programs for schools, festivals, libraries, and special events. He has over twenty years experience in storytelling and over 17 years experience in the secondary level classroom. He offers programs on Martin Luther King, Texas history, the Civil War, mythology, tall tales, fables, multicultural folklore, or curriculum related as needed. Mr. Cornish has performed nationally and provides workshops on writing for youth. His programs with at-risk populations have been recognized on both the local and national level. He presents the one-man stage play "To Love the Earth: George Washington Carver, the Wizard of Tuskegee" and the "Life and Times of Gator Bill," the Seminole Indian scout. Photo by Tonya Starks.

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Carole Weitzel
118 Beach Mountain Cove
Georgetown, TX  78633

phone 512-914-2596
phone#2 682-206-9514
e-mail carole@authorsandmore.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $800 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $200
website http://deceecornish.com/index.html

 

Eldrena Douma

Eldrena Douma

Storytelling was a way of life in Eldrena's upbringing. She grew up in New Mexico and Arizona among the Pueblo tribes of the Laguna, Tewa & Hopi. Activities with family and friends included listening to family songs and stories. Eldrena pursued and obtained her master's degree in elementary and early childhood education to impact the lives that surrounded her. Her experiences as a public school teacher and her unique Native upbringing benefitted her tremendously as she began her next journey as a professional storyteller, author, and workshop presenter. In 1993, she was encouraged to teach through storytelling about her life experiences, sharing the history of the Pueblos and their contributions to our country. Eldrena travels the country offering captivating stories, a variety of recorded music, and historical accounts from Native American tribes. For example, a story presentation, "Bison, Bison," gives insight into the history of the bison. A workshop, "Creative Spirit," focuses on imagination, listening, and story crafting using creative thinking. A lecture, "Nampeyo, Her Legacy," showcases her revival of Hopi pottery. In 2014, the Tejas Storytelling Association awarded Eldrena with the state’s prestigious John Henry Faulk Award for her significant contribution to the art of storytelling in the southwest. Photo by Katy Pair.

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Eldrena Douma
1420 4th Avenue, Suite # 20
Canyon, TX  79015

phone 806-679-9322
phone#2
e-mail bluecorn_teller@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $250 - $3,000
school performance $250 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website http://www.nastoryteller.blogspot.com

 

Elizabeth Ellis

Elizabeth Ellis

Elizabeth Ellis' work has been described as "invariably moving and amusing." A repertoire of more than four hundred stories makes it possible for Elizabeth to create programs tailored to the needs of the presenter and the age and interest of her listeners. Tales of Texas, Appalachia and heroic American women are much requested, but stories of Elizabeth's own life are arguably her best. Adult concerts include "Tougher Than Woodpecker Lips" (challenges) and "Riverfront Property on the River Styx" (aging). Children's concerts include "Tricksters and Troublemakers" and "Around the World in Fifty Minutes." Raised in the Appalachian Mountains in a family of storytellers, Elizabeth has shared her tales with more than a million children and countless adults in her forty-year career. A perennial favorite at schools and libraries across Texas and at the National Storytelling Festival, she is a recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award and the National Storytelling Network's Lifetime Achievement Award. A noted teacher of tellers and writers of all ages, she is the author of From Plot to Narrative, a handbook for creating more compelling stories. Photo by Paul Porter.

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Elizabeth Ellis
6218 Wofford
Dallas, TX  75227

phone 214-282-7701
phone#2 214-381-4676
e-mail storyellis@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $150 - $1,000
school performance $350 - $900
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $600
website http://www.elizabethellis.com

 

John R. Erickson

John R. Erickson

John R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is gifted with a storyteller's knack for spinning a yarn. He has written more than ninety books and is best known for his Hank the Cowdog series of books and audios, which has sold more than nine million copies! Erickson self-published the first Hank book through Maverick Books. Erickson was born in Midland, Texas, but by the age of three his family had moved to Perryton, Texas, where he and his wife live today on their working cattle ranch. In live performances, John Erickson brings the characters from his bestselling Hank the Cowdog series to life through readings from his books and by performing original songs from Hank's adventures. He also can do programs about writing. Hank programs are great for all ages and sure to bring a smile to any audience. Photo by Western Horseman.

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Gary Rinker
PO Box 549
Perryton, TX  79070

phone 806-435-7611
phone#2
e-mail gringary@ptsi.net
public performance/concert $1,500 - $4,000
school performance $1,500 - $4,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $1,500
website http://www.hankthecowdog.com

 

Donna Ingham

Donna Ingham

For over 20 years Donna Ingham has taken the ancient art of storytelling and given it a Texas twist. A college English professor in her former life and author of six books, she creates finely crafted stories from history, folklore, and her own personal experiences. And although she did not set out to be a liar, she has been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and, yes, the whole state of Texas. Her stories reflect her native roots in the Lone Star State, and she chooses appropriate stories for all ages and stages. Her "Tall Tales and True" offering is a flexible, well-received program adaptable for all ages, with some stories complemented by guitar, ukulele, or washboard accompaniment. Representative stories allow for multicultural elements and geographic scope. In addition to programs and performances for schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals, she also offers keynotes, luncheon and after-dinner speaking, author visits, workshops, and residencies. Photo by Donna Ingham.

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Donna Ingham
1025 Coventry Road
Spicewood, TX  78669

phone 512-656-8186
phone#2 830-693-1641
e-mail tell.write@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $450 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $250 - $1,000
website http://www.donnaingham.com

 

Sue Kuentz

Sue Kuentz

Sue excites and connects to family audiences by taking them on journeys through her multicultural folktales, fairy tales, urban legends and personal stories from around the world. Using words, music, puppetry, and even string figures, she engages active participation among listeners, mesmerizing even the most reluctant of kids. Sue's storytelling passion and energy originated from her 32 years as an elementary teacher and librarian in San Antonio. She has performed at multiple schools, libraries, and festivals throughout Texas such as the Texas Folklife Festival, the George West Storyfest, and the UTSA and Tejas Storytelling Festivals. Performances include but are not limited to: "Multicultural Tales from Around the World," "Stories for the 7 Habits of Happy Kids,” "Storytelling and Writing for 3rd-7th graders,” "Stringing You Along: String Figures in Stories,” "Tales to Chill Your Bones,” and "Urban Legends for Tweens.” As a frequent presenter of workshops on integrating storytelling into the classroom, Sue has motived several schools to begin their own storytelling clubs empowering students to find their own voices. Family members telling stories to each other at home is her dream and through her modeling and encouragement, stories will live for generations to come! Photo by Chuck Kuentz.

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Sue Kuentz
151 Saur Road
Bulverde, TX  78163

phone 210-326-7877
phone#2
e-mail sue.kuentz@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,000
school performance $600 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,000
website http://www.door2lore.com

 

Kim Lehman

Kim Lehman

Kim Lehman is a storyteller, musician, workshop presenter, honey bee educator, and author. For over 30 years, she has performed at hundreds of festivals, schools, libraries, and museums including being a featured teller at the Texas Storytelling Festival. Each entertaining and educational program includes a variety of stories and songs that can be tailored to each audience and venue. Kim is a well-known educator best known for her dynamic, practical workshops featuring easy-to-implement activities for librarians, teachers and parents. She has presented over 140 workshops throughout Texas. Some popular topics include using music, storytelling, puppets, art, science, and literature with children. The Stories and Songs program combines songs, stories, props, poetry, puppets, and participation for preschool, elementary ages, and families. Possible themes include folktales around the world, pioneers, fairy tales, space, and more. All Together Now is an intergenerational program, bringing together children and senior citizens. Science programs range from Aerodynamics to The Buzz About Bees, a program about honey bees with participation, music, props, and optional hands-on activities. Known as the Bee Lady, Kim is the author of Beekeeper's Lab: 52 Family-Friendly Activities and Experiments Exploring the Life of the Hive. Photo by Mark Wieland.

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Kim Lehman
PO Box 2743
Austin, TX  78768

phone 512-627-0113
phone#2
e-mail kim.lehman@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $250 - $1,000
school performance $250 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging 0 - $1,000
website http://www.kimlehman.com

 

Lucas Miller

Lucas Miller

Want to get your students excited about science? STEM and the arts go hand-in-hand in multimedia presentations by author, YouTuber and "singing zoologit" Lucas Miller! Pre-K to 6th graders will laugh, sing and learn about wetlands, ocelots, monarch butterflies, metamorphosis and much more through Lucas' creative blend of smart songwriting, hilarious puppetry, and dazzling animations. Perfect for elementary schools, libraries, and family concerts: kids love Miller's zany, unbridled enthusiasm and adults love his focus on accurate, curriculum-related science. Each 45-55 minute presentation features several songs and stories that address a major science theme such as life cycles, adaptations, Texas ecosystems and ocean ecology. Creative animations, videos, and images accompany the music and lessons to deepen understanding and keep the audience focused. Lucas earned a degree in zoology and has been touring Texas and the nation for over twenty-five years. He knows his biology and he knows how to introduce kids to science in a way that leaves them excited and motivated to engage in STEM disciplines. Look him up on YouTube to sample his work and then visit www.lucasmiller.net for all the details on bringing him to your school, library, theater or other venues. Photo by Lucas Miller.

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Lucas Miller
12805 Winding Creek Rd.
Austin, TX  78736

phone 512-567-2626
phone#2
e-mail jlucasmiller@gmail.com
public performance/concert $400 - $1,000
school performance $450 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $700
website http://www.lucasmiller.net

 

Bernadette Nason

Bernadette Nason

Multiple award-winning English storyteller/actress/writer Bernadette Nason has studied all over the world, including Guildford Acting School. She's the author of "Tea in Tripoli: A Memoir," appears in movies like "Miss Congeniality" and regional theatrical productions, and has performed on four continents. She's been Houston's biggest liar, and is currently "The Biggest Liar in Texas." Believing the power and influence of live storytelling can change the world, Nason produces delightful programs of multicultural stories, mixing traditional telling with creative drama. Her acclaimed programs include ethnic world tales, holiday themes, and personal family yarns. With shows suitable for all ages, she presents in schools, libraries, festivals, conferences, theaters, museums, and retirement communities. Working closely with educators, Bernadette offers uplifting, interactive stories with content supporting character development and academic testing requirements. Need a specific program? Nason can tailor accordingly. With over 30 years' experience, she has hundreds of stories available (regularly preparing fresh ones) but programs are compiled seasonally for ease of selection and booking. Always available: collections for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Legends of Texas Flowers, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo. New: "Jewels from India" and "More from Merrie England." Photo by Beth Burns.

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Bernadette Nason
2900 West Anderson Lane, C200/302
Austin, TX  78757

phone 512-633-1803
phone#2
e-mail bnason@austin.rr.com
public performance/concert $350 - $2,000
school performance $350 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website http://www.bernadettenason.com

 

Toni Simmons

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. Toni is a former librarian and drama teacher who has presented her multicultural tales throughout the US. She has captivated audiences at many festivals including the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place, the National Black Storytelling Festival, and the Texas Storytelling Festival. Internationally, she has performed in schools in South Africa, in Germany, and in Mexico. She 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. Her programs are designed to motivate, inspire, and educate while being entertaining. She performs at schools, libraries, churches, festivals, and museums. Photo by Duane Reed.

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Toni Simmons
5306 Perrington heights lane
Houston, TX  77056

phone 972-765-4741
phone#2
e-mail toni@tonisimmons.com
public performance/concert $350 - $1,000
school performance $695 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $500
website http://www.tonisimmons.com/

 

Tim Tingle

Tim Tingle

A resident of Canyon Lake, Texas, and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Tim Tingle performs a variety of Native American and Texas folklore for all ages. Playing his cedar flute and deerskin drum, his stories for younger audiences include crowd-participating tales "How Rabbit Lost His Tale," "Grandma Spider Brings the Fire," and "Coyote and the Rock," a hilarious Trickster tale. "Crossing Bok Chitto," a Choctaw-aided slave escape tale—and best-selling book—is Tingle's most requested story, for all ages. For young adult audiences, "No Name,” is a powerful piece, as is "Saltypie,” a tale of racism his Choctaw grandmother endured. "How I Became A Ghost,” a middle grade adventure novel of the Trails of Tears, is also a popular performance piece; as is "Danny Blackgoat,” a Navajo Long Walk adventure. Co-author with Doc Moore of three Texas ghost story books, he is known as a quiet and spooky teller of Southwestern and Choctaw ghost stories. In 2014, Tingle gave a keynote address at the National Book Festival, at the Library of Congress, discussing the importance of Native literature. Writing workshops, keynote addresses, and theater or school performances, Tim enjoys his work and is eager to please. Photo by Lisa Reed.

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Tim Tingle
4417 Morningside Way
Canyon Lake, TX  78133

phone 830-832-4288
phone#2 830-832-4288
e-mail timtingle@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $150 - $950
school performance $250 - $1,250
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
website http://www.timtingle.com

 

Twice Upon a Time Storytellers

Twice Upon a Time Storytellers

Since 1999, Twice Upon a Time has shared stories from preschools to prisons. Gene and Peggy blend degrees in science and journalism; professional experience in living history museums and writing; and respect for creativity, cultural diversity, social justice, and the strength of the spoken word to educate, entertain, and empower children and adults. In this effort, they work weekly at a Dallas drug treatment center helping clients share their personal accounts of recovery. Although telling stories is a serious commitment, the opportunity to spread laughter is never turned down. Both are recipients of Tejas Storytelling Association's prestigious John Henry Faulk Award and have contributed chapters for two books on storytelling: "Team Up! Tell in Tandem" and "Engaging Community through Storytelling-Library and Community Programming." This tandem team offers appealing storytelling programs for all ages, including "Different Ways to Make a Story," "Texas Prairie Tales," "Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins," "Heart to Heart: Stories from Diverse Cultural and Spiritual Traditions" and "World-wise Traveler: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from Around the Globe." Their "Strings 'n Things" demonstrates string tricks, folk toys, and games from early rural America. Twice Upon a Time also offers storytelling workshops and reenacts characters from Texas history. Photo by Jennifer Walz.

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Peggy Helmick-Richardson
9003 Piper Lane
Dallas, TX  75228

phone 214-321-9791
phone#2 469-955-0595
e-mail twiceuponatime@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $250 - $1,000
school performance $250 - $800
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website https://twicetellers.com/

 

Sue Young

Sue Young

Bilingual storyteller Sue Young has delighted audiences at museums, festivals, schools, and libraries around Texas and the US since 1994. An accomplished singer and songwriter, she received a 2013 Texas Music Awards nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. Her CD "The Legend of the Quetzal" received a 2007 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award and she wrote the 2009 and 2011 Texas Summer Reading Club theme songs. Programs include Cantos Y Cuentos: Tales & Tunes of Latin America - a fun trip around Latin America through legends, folktales, traditional and original songs; ¡Viva México! - Celebrate Mexico through songs and stories; Texican Tales and Tunes - cowboy songs, Mexican cantos, and stories showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of Texas; and "Yippee Ki Yi Yo - On The Texas Cattle Trail." Sue offers an annual summer reading program tailored to the presenter's theme. Staff development sessions and workshops for adults, teens, and children are available, including "Create Your Own Song," a workshop for 3rd grade through adults. Photo by Brenda Ladd.

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Sue Young
PO Box 5786
Austin, TX  78763

phone 512-914-9553
phone#2 512-323-2414
e-mail sueyoungmusic@gmail.com
public performance/concert $250 - $1,200
school performance $250 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $25 - $150
website http://www.sueyoungmusic.com

 


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