Directory of Storytellers
To be listed in our directory, storytellers must be members of the guild and pay an additional $25. (Full disclosure: 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.
We recommend you check out their websites where available, speak to them, and ask others opinions. Some of these tellers may be booked to teach workshops, in-service and special topic programs to educators, church groups or anyone interested in learning more about storytelling.
Please contact tellers directly for bookings and/or information. Fees may 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.
|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.
|Oel Castner: Oel was born in Lamesa, Tx, attended Texas Tech and Abilene Christian and served 4 years in the Navy. Later he and his wife founded and operated a boy’s ranch in Austin, worked at a boarding school in Colorado, and worked at two children’s homes in San Antonio. Twelve years later they moved to The Woodlands, working as a salesman, all the while, helping kids select a college. After retirement, he went to auctioneering school and joined the Houston Storytellers Guild, and the Houston Rodeo Speakers Committee, and now entertains, inspires, and teaches.
|Kathy Culmer is a storyteller, teacher, and writer. Her storytelling work includes performances at the Children’s Museums of Indianapolis and Houston, the Texas Storytelling Festival, the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place, and in a host of schools, libraries, on college campuses, in churches, at festivals and more. She has also presented storytelling workshops in educational, workplace, and religious venues. Kathy was part of a biblical storytelling mission trip to The Gambia in West Africa in 2008 and has been the featured storyteller for the Network of Biblical Storytellers Festival Gathering and keynoter for the Canadian Festival Gathering. She is the author of “Big Wheel Cookies: Two for a Penny,” published in The Rolling Stone and Other Read Aloud Stories, and is the editor of a collection of personal narratives called Yes, Jesus Loves Me: 31 Love Stories. Read More…http://www.kathyculmer.com/
|Mary & Neil Early are “Stories & More!!!”. They offer program events ranging from traditional storytelling to very non-traditional creative drama participation experiences. Using story, literature, music, puppets, costumes, and props — when appropriate — their material ranges from the international classics to the myths of multiple world cultures and indigenous people. Their programs can be by particular theme, culture, or other requested emphasis. In addition to storytelling, the Earlys offer Poetry and Oral Interpretation, Educator Training/In-service, and innumerable workshops and residencies which can include creative drama experiences. Programs presented by Neil and Mary Early are appropriate for all ages from pre-school through senior adults. They present regularly in venues ranging from the “Zwolle Tamale Festival” to “Ghosts Along the Brazos” and “Gladys City Spindletop”; from Library Reading Programs to formal Concert presentations; Communities in Schools Family Events to Title I enrichment, and Family Reading Nights. Mary and Neil are active with the Houston Storytellers Guild. They were founders of the Louisiana Storytellers Association and the Central Louisiana Storytellers Guild.
Stories & More
Neil and Mary Early
PO Box 12298
Beaumont, TX 77726
|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.
|Jere Pfister has lived in five states and twenty two homes over her life time. She collects other people’s stories and her own memories of a diverse and rich lifetime. With a strong belief in the power of stories to connect people to themselves and others, Jere tells to anyone who takes the time to listen. With a background in theatre she can create characters and stories based on the unnamed and little known women of time.
|Sheila Starks Phillips, former first grade teacher and Zookeeper at the Houston Zoo launched her storytelling career in 1990. She has been on the Traveling Artists Roster of TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS, been featured at Festivals around the country including the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah, the Corn Island Storytelling Festival in Louisville, KY the George West Storyfest in George West, TX just to name a few. Twice Sheila has been the Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. She was the 2005 recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award, the most prestigious award given in the name of storytelling in the southwest.
(281) 491-0427 (fax)
|Jo Rader is a sixth generation Texan and particularly fond of Texas tales. A retired school librarian and teacher, Jo entertains pre-schoolers, senior citizens, and all ages in between with stories from her Texas roots as well as tales collected during her many years as a school librarian.
cell (832) 561-0056
|Dr. Hank Roubicek has been a professor of communication at the University of Houston Downtown for the past 32 years. As creator and host of So, What’s Your Story? On Houston’s KPFT 90.1 FM, he provides a special place where members of the community can tell their stories, from poignant narratives to enchanting folktales, and everything in between. The show is LIVE and the only program originating from Houston devoted entirely to storytelling. Hank is the author of 5 books, including his most recent “So, What’s Your Story? Discovering the story in you” 2nd ed. published by Kendall/Hunt in January 2015. His telling style is personal, natural, and engaging. Just ask his students, especially those enrolled in his storytelling course—a course that is more popular than the law allows. He tells stories at a variety of venues, and is recognized as one of the nation’s best workshop leaders in storytelling. He’s doggie-daddy to “Simon,” human dad to Josh, grandpa to Jack, husband to Peggy, and a friend to everyone he meets. If you ask him his recipe for success, he will tell you “I have the skills and I might be smart, but what I do best, is everything with heart.” That’s his real story and he’s sticking to it. Know him for a moment and you will know it is true.
For storytelling, workshops, lectures, and more:
What he wants you to know: Storytellers take listeners on a journey, and then return them safely to the present. It’s magic. It’s all magic!