Storytelling Festival

Thursday, November 5 | 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Stories – the original social network! We share our lives and heritage in stories, whether from long ago or just last week. Join your friends and colleagues as spellbinding performers celebrate the everyday and fantastic in a casual evening of traditional and original tales. Meet the storytellers after the performance for a Q&A session to inspire you and your students to become more involved in storytelling. Sponsored by Penguin Random House.

Kevin Cordi has told stories in over forty states, England, and Japan for over twenty years. His story work has been commissioned by the National Youth Storytelling Hall of Fame, Newsweek, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and as a story teacher he is considered one of the "nation's primary advocates for youth storytelling." Kevin shares stories with a highly energetic, animated and interactive style and is considered by many storytelling professionals as one of the most influential and dynamic storytellers and teachers today. He uses his experience and critical listening skills as the landscape for teaching and developing stories and believes good storytelling begins with effective listening.
Jim Flanagan retired from his educational career as a Hall of Fame coach and principal and took his experiences on the road in the form of stories. Since then, he has become a member of the “Artists in Schools” through the Greater Columbus arts council, placed second in the National Storytelling Competition, and written three award winning children’s books. Jim has become well known for his character education stories which he has performed and taught throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Virginia and Ireland. Jim also teaches writing at The James Thurber Writing Academy at Thurber House and is the resident storyteller at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Lyn Ford is a fourth-generation and nationally recognized Afrilachian (of African American heritage and history from the region called Appalachia) storyteller. Her “home-fried” tales consist of folktale adaptations, spooky tales, and original stories rooted in her family's multicultural Afrilachian storytelling traditions. Lyn is a teaching artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and workshop facilitator with both the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and the Ohio State-Based Collaborative Initiative of the Kennedy Center. Along with being a writer, recording artist, and Thurber House mentor; Lyn is a Hasya Yoga (Yogic Laughter) leader and “breath mechanic.”