Performing Members

Wallace Shealy

Wallace Shealy TellabrationFolk Art Center—TELLABRATION!™

Wallace Shealy

"It is no surprise to me he has been telling tales since he could talk
and I often had to warm his rear for it."

— Wallace's Dad

Wallace was born in Aiken, SC but since has lived all over. From Dallas and Detroit to Silicon Valley while he managed system engineers, developed training and new technology at Ross Perot’s EDS and GM. He used to enjoy annual trips to Golden, CO to IBM Publishing, where he really went to enjoy another passion — eating at a favorite spot the Briarwood Inn. He was featured in Modern Technology in a story about his advances in publishing using IBM’s BookMaster and GDDM which were forerunners of today’s web tools like HTML5.

Pastor Shealy served congregations in Waco, Montgomery, Shreveport, and Williamsburg plus a call to the Church Planter’s Network. Many of his parishioners will tell you he could spin a biblical story or one about them. This led in 2010 to his becoming the Southeast Bold-Faced Liar Champion telling a bible story about the swine-flu, gaining him recognition from Google to CDC. You will have to ask him about that, but others said;

The Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast by jury in 2010 declared Shealy - the Bold-Faced Liar Champion
With a twinkle in his eye, Shealy said, “of course I embellished the truth slightly.” The Mountain Xpress said in their opinion “Shealy exaggerates more than slightly.” The Tribune revealed that this upstanding local had been caught lying. It doesn’t matter if he is recalling a tale from his childhood, telling a story based on the Good Book or spinning a yarn you will be delighted listening to him stretch the truth all out of proportion.
Shealy was the most original creative liar of the day.
— Michael Reno Harrell

Biblical Storytellers are not ready for Shealy's "Bible" Stories.
— Donna Marie Todd - Editor Biblical Storytelling Magazine

Wallace Shealy - Stories on Asheville's Front PorchStories on Asheville's Front PorchShealy has told stories at festivals, churches, community groups, and living rooms, actually any place one would come and, “set a spell.” From Asheville’s Front Porch to the Hague. He dabbles in magic to entertain and often emcees.  He spent much of his life telling stories in camps from Lutheridge near Asheville, Old Indian in Traveler’s Rest and Lynwood Hayne in GA. His credentials as an Eagle Scout and camp director were quite impressive in the day. After his undergraduate days at The University of South Carolina, the “Original land grant university in South Carolina” as he says in another story he went on to degrees at North Texas and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

2014 JSG @ ISC2014 JSG @ ISCIn the early 80’s while he was home in Johnson City his brother gave him a ticket to a little festival in Jonesborough to get him out of his hair. Now, for more than 30 years he has made the trek back to Jonesborough to work behind the scenes at the National Storytelling Festival every year. In 2007 family care called him to be closer to home and he settled in Weaverville, outside Asheville. As president of the Asheville Storytelling Circle he and Saundra Kelly, then president of JSG, established a storytelling exchange where he developed a friendship with many of our long-time tellers and first appeared in the Gazebo with ghost stories and on the ISC stage.

In April 2019 he married Catherine Yeal Serota and they moved to Flag Pond and it was time to be a part of the Guild and now a Performing Member.

A love story and this place called him back. Watch for more of their contributions to come to the wall outside the International Storytelling Center Theater before festival.

Flag Pond, Tennessee  37657

Types of stories: Stories for all ages primarily Middle School to Adult.
Specializing in:

  • personal and original stories,
  • tall tales (lies),
  • character portrayals,
  • traditional stories
  • Jack Tales
  • spine chilling scary tales
  • seasonal/holiday

Preferred Settings: All (libraries, festivals, civic organizations, businesses, schools, assisted living facilities, etc)  Special Talents: Historical and authentic character portrayals, and magic.


  • Asheville Storytelling Circle - Past President
  • Jonesborough Storyteller's Guild - Performing Member
  • NC Storyteller's Guild
  • National Storytellers Network

Upcoming Performances:

  • The Center for Art and Inspiration - August 1 7:00pm


  • Storytelling Arts Center of the Southeast and Festival
  • Stories on Asheville's Front Porch
  • Smith-McDowell House
  • Folk Art Center on Blue Ridge Parkway - Tellabration
  • University of North Carolina, Asheville
  • University of South Carolina
  • The Center for Art and Inspiration
  • Flat Rock Theater - Downtown Hendersonville
  • Aiken Community Theater
  • Pack Place - Diana Wortham Theater
  • Malaprops Independent Bookstore, Asheville, NC
  • Saint Paul's Lutheran,  Aiken, SC, Joan of Arc, First Baptist and many other churches
  • Community Centers of Roscraggens and Ox Creek among other community groups
  • Reuter Center | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Toe River Festival
  • Do-Tell Festival, Hendersonville, NC
  • Vance Birthplace
  • Kanuga Retreat Center
  • Wild Acres
  • Mount Pisgah
  • Camp Linwood-Hayne (now Knox), Georgia-Carolina Council BSA
  • Camp Old Indian, Travelers Rest-Greenville, SC
  • Lutheridge and Luther Rock
  • Briarwood - Flower Mound, TX
  • Sky Ranch
  • Jonga Java and other coffee houses
  • Pisgah Ranch
  • Christ School
  • Aiken Elementary
  • Aiken Public Library
  • Christ Lutheran
  • Saint Matthew
  • Holy Trinity
  • North Buncombe Middle and many other schools
  • Weaverville and Pack Libraries and others
  • Music and Mud Festival
  • Biblical Storytellers - "Lite the Fire"

Favorite Stories:

  • Duvall Scott's and Hot Steel Balls by Jerry Clower with permission
  • Jack Tales - Northwest Wind and others
  • The Lie - Biblical Origins of the Swine Flu
  • Shoe Story 
  • Cherry Red Corvette - Revisited with acknowledgements to John McCutchen for inspiration
  • Disloyalty and the Big Game and other Dad Stories
  • Cain and Abel - Emergency Brakes for Two Year Olds
  • Little Bunny Foo Foo
  • Oswald the Rabbit
  • Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore a dramatic reading
  • Grinch Stole Christmas by Theodor Seuss Geisel, "Dr. Seuss" a dramatic reading
  • Samuel's Gift
  • Meteu's Legend
  • Olympic Eating Team
  • Ode to Saint Angela
  • Like Father Like Son
  • Eagle and Prairie Chicken
  • Ruth's Last Days 
  • Wedding Presents
  • Buck Dog Institute a tribute to Lepp and Liars everywhere
  • Conrad's Visitor
  • Noah
  • Gone Fishing a traditional tale
  • Grandfather Tales
  • Faith Bot v3.16
  • Damien
  • 1st Paragraph Page 31
  • Pharaoh
  • Mrs Muckenfuss
  • Deborah
  • Scripture Telling


Offers workshops.

Wallace Shealy Ring Master


All fields with an * are required