30th Annual


The 30th Anniversary Texas Storytelling Festival was indeed fabulous.
We hope you were able to attend – if not, check out the
video below for some photo highlights.


Planning for the 2016 Festival is already underway – watch this space for more details in the coming months – and plan to get to Denton, TX March 10-13, 2016!


Thanks to all those volunteers for making this Festival happen!   We can’t name them all – but the Artist Director(s) Jeannine Passini Beekman and Elizabeth Ellis, Promotional Director Peggy Helmick-Richardson, and Managing Director Reagin Foreman deserve major kudos.  Sharon and Jaye in the Story Store, Betsy and Kay in Concessions, Mel and Peggy at Registration, Sara and Judy at the Silent Auction, Paul and crew on stage and cameras, the workshop facilitators, the presenters, and the featured Tellers!  It was a cast of dozens and we couldn’t have done it without you.  See you next year!



Festival 2015 Featured Storytellers

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, we brought back some of our most popular Tejas tellers from years past.


Elizabeth EllisA favorite with fans across the United States, including the National Storytelling Festival and International Storytelling Center, Elizabeth Ellis shares stories overflowing with hilarity as well as poignant honesty.  A recipient of both the Lifetime Achievement Award and Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network, Elizabeth delivers Appalachian-style down-home wisdom with a voice that touches the heart and tickles the funny bone.



Barbara McBride-SmithTravel from Mt. Olympus in ancient Greece to the post-modern world of the Baby Boomers as Barbara McBride-Smith narrates the lives of shady ladies and bad boys of the Bible, navigates literature with the heart and soul of a librarian, and identifies with both country music and rock’n’roll. With a Texas-born cheerleader’s perspective, this frequent headliner at the National Storytelling Festival offers a serving of sweet truth with a side of grit.



Gayle RossAn enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation raised in a rich storytelling tradition, Gayle Ross has toured twice with the prestigious National Council of Traditional Arts.  In addition to telling for events hosted by Vice-president Al Gore, President Bill Clinton, and First Lady Laura Bush, Gayle has shared the stage with Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and distinguished Native American artists M. Scott Momaday, Rita Coolidge, Wes Studi, Kevin Locke and John Trudell.



James FordSeasoning his personal and family stories with a pinch of pathos and a large helping of humor, James Ford has delighted storytelling audiences for over 25 years.  Featured on Fox TV’s “Texas Ghost Stories” and “Son of Texas Ghost Stories,” James has mesmerized audiences at the Texas Storytelling Festival, National Storytelling Conference, the National Storytelling Festival’s Exchange Place, and Haunting in the Hills in Big South Fork National Park



2015 Sponsors:

City of Denton

Denton Benefit League Texas Commission on the Arts Greater Denton Arts Council Arts Guild of Denton


The Texas Storytelling Festival is made possible with the support of the City of Denton, the City of Denton Parks and Recreation Department, the Denton Benefit League, the Greater Denton Arts Council, the Arts Guild of Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, TSA members, and our business and community partners.