2021 Storytellers To Be Announced

Previous Storytellers


Winter Olio Storytellers

appeared on TELL Pittsburgh  virtual stage: DECEMBER 10, 2020

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Alton Chungs humorous and poignant, nostalgic and gripping storytelling transports you away to another time and place where you experience a different slice of life, before being brought safely back home again.  Alton has performed at the Performing Arts Center in Singapore, the Hipbone Studio in Portland, OR, the Oakland Cultural Center in Oakland, CA, plus numerous other places and venues, as well as winning awards.

Karl “Doctor Sparks” Smith has a PhD in BioPhysics from the University of Rochester. His popular science writing has appeared in multiple publications, and he was also the presenter of a TEDx talk on storytelling. His storytelling was profiled by USAToday and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and he was the former storyteller-in-residence at both the MOXI museum and the Carnegie Science Center. He tours nationally as a professional storyteller. He wants to make the world a more whimsical place.

Kristin Ward is a multi-faceted artist who has been performing and working in various aspects of theatre since 2000. She has performed in many venues across the Eastern United States, including Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC), the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (Rochester, NY), and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA). She has independently produced, written and performed over two dozen tales, working alone as well as with other talented performers and musicians to create interactive family theatre that reconnects modern audiences to oral traditions.

Nick Baskerville is a husband, a dad, a military veteran, and a firefighter which gives him many of rich experiences to tell personal narratives about. And by “rich experience,” he means, “ ...making a mistake and trying to fix it before too many people notice!” Nick is an up & coming comedic storyteller who has performed for The Story Collider, Armed Services Arts Performance (ASAP), Clean AF Comedy, The Perfect Liar’s Club in Washington D.C., and The Moth.


Misty Mator captivates with timeless tales that teach history, celebrate culture, inspire creativity and promote moral values.  She has performed at Tellabration, Pittsburgh’s Alphabet Trails & Tails, the Ellwood City Storytelling Festival, Better Said Than Done in Washington D.C., and the Historic Fayette Theater in West Virginia amongst other venues. Her storytelling enriches lives with connection, laughter, and wisdom.



Carol Moore

Appeared on TELL Pittsburgh virtual stage: November 12, 2020

Carol Moore is a storyteller and public speaking coach who lives to connect and entertain through stories. With a style of storytelling that is comedic, conversational and authentic, she has presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, served as a speaker coach for TED speakers through TEDxTysons, and received the title of Moth StorySLAM Champion.  Her honest and personable storytelling has been described as “Brilliant” and “Wonderful,” full of poignancy gift-wrapped in humor.


Kathy Maron-Wood

Appeared on TELL Pittsburgh virtual stage: October 8, 2020

A former instructor of storytelling at the University of Pittsburgh, Kathy Maron-Wood has performed at the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival, Tellabration, and has been a featured campfire storyteller at Pittsburgh’s Zombies of the Corn. Her peaceful, lyrical voice draws in audiences of all ages, and is the perfect instrument for dispensing chilling tales.


Marsha Wong

Appeared on TELL Pittsburgh virtual stage: September 10, 2020

Marsha Wong has traveled around the world gathering, sharing, and teaching stories: haunted mansions in North America, mystical pyramids in Egypt, temples in Japan, gardens in the Himalayas and houseboats in Kashmir. She has presented at the National Storytelling Conference amongst numerous other festivals and fundraisors. More.


Adam Booth

Appeared on TELL Pittsburgh stage: November 14, 2019

Adam Booth's original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. A nationally touring artist, his professional telling appearances include premiere storytelling events across the United States. More.


Kate McConnell

Appeared on TELL Pittsburgh stage: October 10, 2019

For the past 25 years, Kate McConnell has performed personal narratives, tall tales, and traditional Irish stories at festivals, universities, schools, and museums. She is a producer for the Three Rivers Storytelling Festival.   More.


Judith Black

Appeared on TELL Pittsburgh stage: September 19, 2019

Judith Black, one of the nation’s foremost storytellers, creates and tells compelling, humorous, and riveting stories. They are sculpted both from her own observed life and created to augment the missions of educational, historic, and governmental organizations. More.