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Join us for the 15th Annual Storytelling Celebration, Nov. 5-9, 2014 sponsored by MCC-Maple Woods.
2014 Storytelling Logo

The Kansas City Storytelling Celebration, hosted by MCC-Maple Woods, will be celebrated with lively stories, anecdotes, myths, legends and lessons. Our 15th Annual Celebration will celebrate the time honored tradition of storytelling and will be held in more than 100 sites across the Kansas City metro area.  For a schedule of public events visit

Our featured tellers for 2014 are:

  • Antonio Rocha -

    A native of Brazil, storyteller, mime and actor Antonio Rocha came to the

    United States in 1988 to embark on an impressive career in the performing arts. Not only did he graduate summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor of arts in Theatre, he challenged and improved his mime skills with Masters Tony Montanaro and Marcel Marceau.

    After nearly 3 decades, Antonio’s career has taken him from Singapore to Hawaii, across 14 countries on six continents. He has performed at the

    Tales of Graz in Austria, Holland’s Dunya Festival, and storytelling festivals across the United States. Antonio’s mimes, tales of animals, and stories of other cultures are perfect for younger viewers, while his portrayal of the darker side will leave teens and adults intrigued.

  • Lyn Ford -


    A fourth-generation storyteller, Lyn Ford describes herself as Afrilachian – a person of African American heritage and history that hails from the forested mountains of Appalachia in the Eastern United States. A writer, mentor, and recording artist, Lyn is famous for her “home-fried” tales – stories of folklore, spooks, spectres and characters rooted in her Afrilachian traditions.

    Lyn is a published author; her book “Affrilachian Tales” recently received the 2013 Storytelling World Award and the 2013 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. She also travels to storytelling festival across the United States and leads workshops for both young and old.

  • Carrie Sue Ayvar -

    Carrie Sue

    A wild whirlwind of movement, languages and cultural heritage, Carrie Sue Ayvar is a third-generation storyteller from Pittsburgh, PA. Raised by Eastern European Jewish parents in Pittsburgh, Carrie Sue was well-acquainted with the use of stories as teaching tools. She moved to Mexico as a teen, soaking in the rich folklore and traditions.

    Carrie Sue speaks Spanish fluently as she blends traditional, international and person tales into an exciting experience for the listener. She brings to life the history, characters, and rich cultural tapestries of both her upbringing and her adopted home of Mexico to connect listeners of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Anthony Clark -

    AnthonyKnown as the Singing Storyteller, Anthony Clark keeps the audience engaged and laughing. Spinning a variety of classic teaching tales, peppered with his own original songs, Anthony’s comedic style is friendly and perfect for all ages. He has been telling tales in Missouri and beyond for the past 14 years, and his songs have been heard on radio stations in more than 30 states, as well as in Europe.

    Along with being a quirky singing storyteller, Anthony teaches college-level business, economics and sustainability courses, and is a published author.


Check out teller videos from past celebrations:

Michael D. McCartyMichael D. McCarly

Michael is a multicultural storyteller of African, African-American and international folktales, historical tales, stories of science, spiritual stories as well as stories of the brilliant and absolutely stupid things he has done in his life.

Mike and Nancee MichumMike and Nancee Micham

Mike and Nancee Micham have developed their musical talent and love of entertaining through stints at Silver Dollar City, the McHaffie Homestead and their own Front Door Farm Market.

Angela LloydAngela Lloyd

A virtuosa on Washboard, Angela's performances are a whimsical braid of poetry, story and song played on Autoharp, Tenor Guitar, Spoon and Bell.

Megan HicksMegan Hicks

Describing herself as having survived the Baby Boom with her sense of humor intact, Megan Hicks makes characters come alive to all ages.

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