Judy Donley

With a twinkle in her eye, Judy Donley describes her stories as “practically true…at least in my mind!”

She grew up in a large family of 12 children in Massachusetts who, with encouragement from their father, would share stories at the dinner table. “What did you learn today?” or “What did you do today that was interesting?” were common questions from Dad. The answers were sometimes funny, sometimes informative, and sometimes even scary. But it was part of theirof life…a way of communicating in those formative years. Looking back, she is thankful for her fascinating and close family and also for the many friends who have enriched her life by instilling in her a love of telling stories.

Her life has literally been full of adventures that she is looking forward to telling from the stage…such as joining the U.S. Air Force, marrying her husband, Jeff, who later joined the Navy as an intelligence officer (aka a spy), and their many escapades. She has lived in many states including New York, Maine, Maryland, and Alaska, and also Scotland and Guam. She and Jeff have always enjoyed traveling, which took her to many other states and countries.

But no matter where she has lived or traveled, she found that every place has its own beauty and magic. Every place offers adventures – all you have to do is reach out and experience it…and she did. She has flown airplanes, rode on motorcycles, gone scuba diving and sailing, worked at several airports and for a couple of airlines, and even built a robot.

When not telling stories, Judy is immersed in art. She is an award-winning artist and enjoys painting in a variety of media such as watercolor, pastels, oil, pen & ink, and acrylics.

Types of stories: Historical, Family,Original/Creative, Humorous, Adventure, Personal, Inspirational/ Religious, Women in Aviation, Military
Preferred Audience: Adults, Mixed Ages
Preferred Settings: Churches, Festivals, Civic Organizations, Businesses, Workshops, Schools

Guild Concerts

The Guild conducts Tuesday night concerts, “Stories ‘n More”, at 7 p.m. year-round at the International Storytelling Center, with the exception of the weeks between Christmas and the New Year. In case of inclement weather, check the Washington Co., Tenn. online calendar for school closings, as the Guild closes when the schools do. Attend our weekly concerts for a donation of $5 adults and $3 for students. Children 10 and under are free.

The Jonesborough Storytellers Guild is grateful for the sponsorship of Ballad Health.

Rebecca Alexander

rebecca alexander 2Growing up in a Christian home on a farm in East Tennessee has given Rebecca the background to write and tell stories that will make you laugh and cry all in the same moment. Your imagination will soar to places you have never been and take you to places you’ve forgotten.

Rebecca received her BA degree from Milligan College in English, Sociology/Psychology, and a M.Ed. in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. Her performances include the Barter Theater, NSA Festival (Swapping Ground), Emmanuel School of Religion, East Tennessee State University, Tellabration, and Lake Junaluska, N.C. She also performs at civic organizations, conferences, nursing homes, restaurants, libraries, numerous churches and a host of schools. Rebecca is also a regular at Dillworth Diner on Tuesday nights.

As a wife, mother, high school English teacher and eleven years as a national sales manager for a large electronics corporation, Rebecca shares bits of her experiences in her stories.

Rebecca will capture your heart, lift your spirit, and motivate you to your highest through her many stories: Personal Stories, Sacred Stories, Biblical Characterizations, Straight Scripture Telling, Appalachian Stories, Poetry, Fables & Legends, Humorous Stories, Scary Stories and Motivational Stories.

Rebecca can create a workshop designed especially for your school or organization. She has led workshops from “Storytelling in Ministry” for seminary students to “How to Tell Stories” for an elementary school. She also specializes in motivational speaking.

Types of stories: Family, Children’s, Humorous, Personal, Inspirational/ Religious
Preferred Audience: Teens, Adults, Mixed ages
Preferred Settings: Churches, Hospitals, Assisted Living Facilities, Festivals, Civic Organizations, Businesses
Special Talents: In costume for Biblical stories

Molly Catron

Molly Catron

Molly Catron started her career at Eastman Chemical Company (Eastman Kodak) in the early eighties as an analytical chemist.  After a few years, she was appointed manager over a large analytical laboratory and was told to “empower” them.  This experience resulted in a career change where she continued to work on cultural change on the division level, the corporate level and ultimately on the global level of the company as an organizational change agent.


She worked to develop leaders and teams to enable them to succeed in the Information Age and her approach was strongly influenced by the work of organizational development expert’s at MIT, where she attended workshops and conferences.  But beyond what she has read or studied, she is influenced by what she found to be effective in a “real life” sitting and now pulls from her twenty years of experience inside a large organization.


While working with groups, Molly recognized the effectiveness of stories when teaching complex organizational concepts and more importantly when trying to build relationships between people.  She believes most of the problems in organizations are a result of not connecting as human beings. Stories provide a powerful way to connect and establish relationships.  Her interest in and use of story in organizational change led to her representing Eastman in “think tanks” at the International Storytelling Center where she worked with practitioners from other organizations (IBM, Disney, Harvard University, Capitol One, World Bank, etc.) to study the use of story in business.


In August, 2001, Molly retired from Eastman Chemical to pursue her interest in storytelling.  She has a Masters in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University.  This multidisciplinary study crossed over the departments of Education, Business, Psychology, and Performance Arts providing a broader understanding of how and why story works and knowledge of how other disciplines use story.


Presently, she divides her time between consulting, research, and stage performance.  Her client list include IBM, St. Jude Medical Research, Capsugel, Toray Plastics, Nuclear Fuel Services, Fruit of the Loom, BIC, United Way of America, LGE, First Quality, United States Geological Society,  Pickens Country School System, Lord Fairfax Community College System and others.


She serves on the Board of the National Storytelling Network as the Southeast Regional Director and is a member of the Brimstone Grant Committee for applied storytelling.  She is a performing member of the Jonesborough Storyteller’s Guild and has performed across the states and in Europe and Asia.

Areas of storytelling application:

• Understanding Beliefs, Values and Assumptions
• Team Development
• Root Cause Discovery
• Teaching Complex Principles
• Shared Visioning
• Leadership Communication
• Discovery Learning
• Leadership Development
• Learning Histories
• Cultural Awareness / Voice Theatre
• Stimulating Dialogue


Her workshops are upbeat and filled with “real life” application stories from her experience inside the organization where she was responsible for getting results and stimulating lasting change.


Types of stories: All
All settings and audiences

Judy “Butterfly” Farlow

judy-farlow-2Some folks say that Judy was just naturally born talking and has never quit.

She inherited her love of words and books from her writer mother and her appreciation of tall tales from her Father.  Her inspiration for her “down home” stories come from a multitude of different, and possibly strange, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and her earthy rural grandparents.

Judy is a national award winning storyteller and has told stories from backyard picnics, to the “White House” on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Whether sharing folk tales, fables, spiritual, historical, motivational, chilling stories or her heartwarming “Down Home Tales”, Judy’s warmth and energy shine through, having you laughing one minute and holding back a tear the next.  She has traveled half way across the world in search of finding and telling the perfect story.

In addition to being a storyteller, Butterfly is also a professional clown, teacher and children’s entertainer.  She may don a costume and include a touch of magic, face painting, balloons, music or puppets and ventriloquism  in her stories, to the delight of her younger audiences.  Butterfly’s Fun Company  includes a long list of characters.

Judy “Butterfly” Farlow
1458 Willow Street
Kingsport, Tennessee  37664


Types of stories: Endless and diverse stock for all ages. Specializing in personal and original stories of strong women, shivery scary tales and specialties for the holidays (Christmas, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween)
Preferred Settings: All (libraries, festivals, civic organizations,
businesses, schools, assisted living facilities, etc)
Special Talents: Historical and authentic character portrayals, puppets and ventriloquism.
Offers workshops.


Isaac Freeman

Isaac St. Clair Freeman got his start telling stories as an administrator for a member of Congress, winning over audiences by flexibly moving between the soberness and hilarity of life in rural landscapes. After years of entertaining thousands, twenty at a time, Freeman set his sights on an invitation to tell stories at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. To bring that dream to fruition, Freeman found mentoring and friendship from the Beaver Creek Storytellers and the Jonesborough Storyteller’s Guild

For more info, see: freemanstorytelling.com

Types of Stories: Appalachian, Family, Scary, Original/Creative, Humorous, Personal, Inspirational/ Religious
Preferred Audience: Teens, Adults, Mixed Ages
Preferred Settings: Churches, Festivals, Civic Organizations, Businesses, Large Group Settings

Tama Lunceford

Having grown up in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, then spending fifteen years in the city of Detroit and finally settling in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee, has nurtured in Tama the ability to see life from a variety of perspectives.  Through her vivid imagination, expressive manner and colorful use of language she touches the minds and hearts of listeners through story.  

Tama’s work history has reflected variety as well.  Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Keuka College, she started in community mental health.  She then progressed into finance, first in the health care industry and now in automotive manufacturing.  Meanwhile, she and her husband raised two sons and now enjoy three grandsons.  With the empty nest upon her, Tama has embarked upon the journey to earn a Master’s Degree in Communication – Storytelling at East Tennessee University.

The theme of variety pervades storytelling for Tama as well.    She tells all kinds of stories from folktales, to Jack tales, personal stories, historical stories and a collection of original stories she calls stories that simply need to be told.  This later group is focused on raising awareness of social and societal issues.  Additionally, she has garnered an assortment of tall tales she calls Tom Tales, all based on stories she heard from her father, Tom.  Tama shares the story journey in a multitude of venues including retirement homes, rehabilitation facilities, Tellebration, Swapping Grounds at the National Storytelling Festival, various local festivals, schools and churches.  


Types of stories: Folk tales, personal stories, fairy tales, Jack tales
Preferred settings: Any
Preferred audience: All

Tony Marr

Growing up in Sin City, without cable television, Tony cultivated a life of adventure and imagination. These adventures would become the inspiration for stories that would capture the imagination of audiences around the world.

A literal Master Storyteller (seriously he has a masters degree in storytelling!), Tony has spent years captivating audiences with his larger than life tales. As an award winning speaker/storyteller he has engaged hundreds of audiences with stories of humor, hope and history. From unbelievable adventures that will have you wondering how he is still alive, to the untold stories of American History and Scripture, Tony immerses his audience in an imaginative world that you never want to leave.

His writings have been published in numerous publications for print and web. As a vision and story expert, he has spent over a decade helping organizations discover their personal and corporate story.

“Tony is a master of linguistics. Painting pictures with words that immerse you into his stories.” – M. Baker, Editor, VIP Seen Magazine

Website: tonymarr.com

Types of stories: personal stories, inspirational
Preferred settings: Any
Preferred audience: All

David Joe Miller

djm telling one

David Joe is the former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association in Jonesborough, TN. In 1994 he created the Jonesborough Storytelling Guild. He tours the United States and internationally. Previous audiences include Disney, Smithsonian, Library of Congress, Philips Medical, World Bank, Shell Oil, The Nature Conservancy and former Vice President Al Gore and family. He has toured school districts all across the country offering single performances as well as week long writing residencies. Currently David Joe lives in Asheville, NC. where he is the executive producer of Black Box Storytelling Theater and David Joe Miller Presents! He’s a dynamic storyteller on stage and an extremely talented presenter in the boardroom.

David Joe Miller, Storyteller
Asheville, NC.
Types of stories: Folk tales, personal stories, and scary stories.
Preferred settings: Festivals, family gatherings, corporate and business events, schools and libraries