TELL: Pittsburgh Storytelling Series is the transformation of the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival that was held in Pittsburgh, PA, for 16 years. Rather than sponsoring a once-a-year event, TELL now features multiple performances featuring one teller per evening per month.

These stories for adults include comedic issues, current events, and compelling plots that you won't get to hear at a family festival or in a five-minute format. Each teller will be among the top national and regional storytelling performers in the United States.

Our 2019 inaugural season was held at the Falk Laboratory School theatre in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, and began with award-winning teller Judith Black. Each performance was 60-90 minutes long, and always on a Thursday evening.

Our dedicated staff endeavored to make our 2020 season possible, despite the many challenges of this year. TELL continued to present stellar professional storytellers for live virtual concerts on the 2nd Thursday of each month, September through December, and our first virtual season was a resounding success. People came from the Greater Pittsburgh Region and from all around the country to enjoy these concerts!

We are looking forward to our third season in 2021! We will be virtual again this year, and will be moving to the third Thursdays. We will be holding our Folktale Fight: Contest for Emergent Tellers on May 20th, and our annual season will resume in September. Please check back here on our website, facebook, or instagram for updates. Friends on our mailing list get to hear updates early, you can join our mailing list by emailing us at

We hope you will join us and spread the word for TELL:Pittsburgh Storytelling Series!


Marsha Wong TELL Pittsburgh Storytelling