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Directory of Storytellers

To be listed on our directory, storytellers must be members of the guild and pay $10.00.  We are not recommending these tellers, this merely serves as a data source to find storytellers. Every teller has his or her unique style, abilities, and repertoire. 

Check out their websites where available, speak to them, and ask others their opinions.  Some of these tellers may be booked to teach workshops, in-services and special topic programs to educators, church groups or anyone interested in learning more about storytelling.  Contact tellers directly for bookings and /or information.  Fees vary and must be negotiated with individual tellers. 

Linda Befeld: Specializes in interactive stories for babies, toddlers and kids of all ages. Prize winning Liar loves to perform for Adult parties, conventions, banquets & festivals. Told stories aboard ships in the Bermuda Triangle and lives to tell the tale.
(832) 646-5033

email:  befeld@sbcglobal.net


Scott Hill Bumgardner is a retired Houston cop, a real estate consultant, a rancher, and a life long story spinner. He really came into his storytelling self while recovering from a horse induced injury. He turned his imagination loose and began writing poems and tales. Over the years he has become a very polished performer of fun folksy tales. Past & current Pres. of the Houston Storytellers Guild, 2005 Louisiana State Champion Liar, Nominated for various other awards. Cops, cowboys, critters, Texas, Louisiana, poetry, tall tales, historical or hysterical.

(713) 816-3795

email: scott@texaslegacies.com

Website:  www.Texaslegacies.com


Kathy Culmer does rich dramatic folktales, original stories, historical presentations and workshops for groups of all ages. 

(281) 360-5950

email:  khculmer@aol.com

Website:  www.kathyculmer.com

Sally Bates Goodroe loves telling stories to all ages. Her specialties include participation stories, stories from the British Isles, Texas ghost stories, and world folktales. She often performs with her husband, folksinger & banjo player, David Goodroe.

(713) 643-8478

email: Sarah.Bates@houstontx.gov


Brian Herod tells magical stories. He uses storytelling to build sustainable communities. His folktales tickle your heart and touch your funny bone. A crowd pleaser for all ages.

(713) 529-8629

email: bjherod@gmail.com


Sheila Starks Phillips a Native Texan  is on the Traveling Artists Roster of Texas Commission on the Arts.  She has been featured at festivals throughout Texas and beyond.  Often using music with her telling, Sheila has mesmerized audiences as a Professional Teller since 1990. 

281/491-4723  281/491-0427 (fax)

 email:  zoolady@airmail.net

Website:  www.sheilaphillips.com


Jo Rader has entertained pre-schoolers, senior citizens, and all ages between with stories from her Texas roots as well as tales collected during her many years as a school librarian.

(281) 337-6013

Rader, Jo


Hank Roubicek, or "Dr. R.," as he is affectionately known to his students, is a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Houston Downtown.  An award winning teacher, Hank's workshops on crafting personal narratives are nationally renowned. As a teller,  his children's stories which focus on family issues are potent, and his narratives about personal struggle are reviewed as  engaging and poignant. Hank received his B.A. from Ohio State, M.A. from Purdue, and Doctorate in Education from the University of Maryland.

 (713) 221-8123

email: roubey@aol.com

Website: www.drhank.net


Mary & Neil Early (Stories & More!) came to Texas from Louisiana. Both have extensive experience in the teaching professions and ministry. They offer a wide variety of programs from Storytelling to Puppetry and Creative Drama. They work with all ages from the very young to the Chronologically Gifted. Their programs are generally inclusive and multi-cultural in intent. Mary and Neil are teachers as well as performers. Both have received numerous honors for their performance work as well as for their work in community building. They are available for travel anywhere in the world or out of the world. For them, the sky is NOT the limit. They are members of the Houston Guild & are founding members of the Louisiana Storytelling Association. Between them they have three graduate degrees as well as a combined more than 70 years of experience!




Dan Gordon (a.k.a. Dante, a teller of tales) has been inspiring listeners of all ages for over 30 years. He evokes smiles, tears, laughter and song often within the same story! He specializes in Jewish folklore and also shares stories from various traditions as well as his own creations. Personal anecdotes about his experiences are particularly captivating. Each story stands on its own for entertainment value, and also carries a valuable lesson about respecting the brothers and sisters with whom we share the world.

(281) 216-2558

Email: rabbidangordon@gmail.com