Featured Tellers

We are super excited about our 2019 featured performers. Check out this lineup!


Our 2019 Tellers

Ingrid Nixon

Ingrid Nixon is a world-traveling storyteller who whisks listeners away on journeys of the imagination. Exploration nail-biters, tall tales, traditional and personal stories—she tells them all on international expeditions, and at venues around the country, including the National Storytelling Festival. Her creative approaches to story crafting help make ancient tales relevant to modern audiences. Ingrid’s first CD, Grimm’s with a Twist, is a Storytelling World award winner. It offers deliciously dark stories spiced liberally with humor and pathos. Her second recording, Operation Bouncy Chair, features personal stories about the important things in life: family, love, and coffee. She is a champion liar many times over, a claim that makes her mother both proud and worried. She holds a Masters in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. After living in Alaska for many years working as a National Park Service ranger, she currently hails from Washington State. More at IngridNixon.com.    

Find out more by visiting www.ingridnixon.com

Margaret Kaler

Margaret Kaler first spoke as Susan B. Anthony at a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Woman Suffrage. She continues to tell the story of the struggle for Women’s Rights through her portrayal of Susan Anthony and has developed many other portrayals of historic women including Esther Hill Hawks who was a teacher of black Union Troops in Jacksonville, Florida, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, who was a Florida snowbird. Her newest works in this genre include Emma Edmonds who, posing as Frank Thompson enlisted in the Union Army; and Isak Dinesen, the author of Out of Africa, who saw herself as a storyteller. Kaler also tells traditional and personal stories.  She emulates her mother, Geraldine Kaler, who told family stories (always funny, even if about being carried away in a tornado), entertained with story poems, and wrote many story poems herself —notably the nostalgic “The Sea Witch.” Margaret is a founding member of Tale Tellers of Saint Augustine.  She tells stories with Tale Tellers at such notable events as the Florida Folk Festival, A Dark and Stormy Night, and Kids Arts Day.

Sheila Arnold Jones

Sheila Arnold Jones has been performing since she was 8 years old.  She currently lives in Hampton, VA and presents Storytelling Programs, Historic Character Presentations, Christian Monologues, Professional Development for Educators and Inspirational/ Motivational Speaking for schools, churches and organizations throughout the US.  She also manages and contracts new business for History’s Alive!, which mentors and provides opportunities and guidance to performers.  Ms. Sheila, as she is fondly called, has been performing full-time since 2003, and travels nationally each year. Sheila has had many positions:  Drama Ministry Director; Colonial Williamsburg Public Relations Assistant, Storyteller, Theatrical Interpreter & Manager of Programmatic Outreach; Substitute Teacher; and Social Worker for aggressive teens with emotional problems.  Sheila is married to B. Lamont Jones.  She is fortunate to live close to her son, Krisstopher, her grandson, Brooklyn, and her father and stepmother, Wallace & Vera Arnold, She communicates often with her Atlanta-based sister, Stephanie.

Find out more by visiting www.mssheila.org

Shawn Welcome

Performance poet and author, Shawn Welcome has lived in Orlando, FL since 1993. He created and hosts “Diverse Word,” the city’s longest running open mic night at Dandelion Communitea Cafe. Shawn also serves on the City of Orlando’s Poet Laureate Selection Committee, performed across many cities in the US, and is grounded professionally strengthening communities with the Polis Institute. He received his B.A in English Literature from the University of Central Florida.

Find out more by visiting www.shawnwelcome.com

Sam Payne

Sam Payne’s fill-the-room stage presence, craftsmanship, and his soaring tenor voice have established him as a favorite with audiences and critics alike. Payne has brought his stories and songs to halls in Canada, Bulgaria, Tokyo, and from coast to coast in the United States, including the Will Rogers Auditorium in Dallas, Texas and the Kennedy Center in the nation’s capital. A regular performer at the Weber Storytelling Festival, he’s been featured at other festivals large and small, including the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and on the Exchange Place stage at the National Storytelling Festival. He’s shared stages with rock legends Foreigner and Toto, and with pop superstars Air Supply and Marie Osmond. Sam has authored publications for children, with a regular readership of more than a million elementary school students. He co-directed the “Soundcheck Series,” an artist development program for independent songwriters, and currently hosts “The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories,” a national radio show on the art of storytelling, broadcasting daily on BYU Radio.

Find out more by visiting www.sampayne.com