2022 Festival features a great lineup!
We are looking forward to listening to the line-up we have planned for you in 2022. Andy Offutt Irwin, Kim Weitkamp-Gum, Regi Carpenter, Don White and Phil S Dixon all in one Festival weekend! All the talent you have come to expect on the Kansas Storytelling stage will be in Downs on April 22-23, 2022.
Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. One of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States, Andy is especially known for relating the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old-widowed-newly-minted-physician-aunt, Marguerite Van Camp, a woman who avoids curmudgeonship by keeping her finger on the pulse of the changing world around her as she seeks to grow – even at her advanced age – in the New South. Andy has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival for more than a decade and as a Teller-in-Residence at International Storytelling Center fourteen years. Among other gigs, Andy has been a Guest Artist at La Guardia High School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts in New York (The “FAME!” School); he has been a Keynote Speaker/Performer at the Library of Congress-Virburnum Foundation Conference on Family Literacy; a Guest Writer Performer with the Georgia Tech Glee Club; and a guest composer with the Amherst College Men’s Double Quartet. He is also arguably the world's best whistler.
Learn more at http://www.andyirwin.com
Andy Offutt Irwin
Kim Weitkamp grew up in Amish Country as the middle child of exhausted parents. Labeled by teachers as high-spirited, uncooperative and too talkative, Kim took those comments and channeled them into a lifetime of high-energy, heartfelt and hilarious artistry. We are better for it. She is an award winning storyteller, author, singer/songwriter and humorist. After using applied storytelling in her work with adjudicated and at risk youth for 12 years, Kim took a turn onto a different avenue of story and song which led her down the path of full time touring for the last 15 years where she gathered an armload of awards. She performs regularly at festival and theaters around the country, has written a well received folk operetta and has been a guest editor and contributor for various publications. Kim's materials get regular airplay on Sirius XM and NPR Affiliate Stations.
"Story is at the foundation of all I do. Whether I am making an audience laugh, writing a new song or presenting a keynote, story is the springboard for each and every step I take. I share and teach the art of storytelling with great intention. Why? Because I have witnessed, firsthand, its incredible power."
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For over twenty years Regi Carpenter has been bringing songs and stories to audiences of all ages throughout the world in school, theaters, libraries, at festivals, conferences and in people’s back yards. An award-winning performer, Regi has toured nationally and internationally, and also utilizes the power of stories to motivate, inspire, energize and focus individuals in corporate, academic and non-profit settings. Her stories uplift people as they are reminded of the tremendous impact each individual has within their circle. Regi is also the founder of Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative dedicated to bringing songs of joy and stories of hope to grieving children and the people who love and care for them in homes, hospices, and hospitals.
For more information on Regi Carpenter go to http://www.regicarpenter.com/
There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He's an award-winning singer/songwriter, a comedian, an author, and a storyteller. He's been bringing audiences to laughter and tears for thirty years. White has been featured in storytelling festivals around the country including the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough Tennessee and the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Utah. Don's approach to music is a unique blend. If he just played folk music, it would be a handy label. But he has invented his own genre with a mix of humor and powerful songwriting . White's work as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts, through Boston's comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto stages around the country.
For more information about Don, visit http://www.donwhite.net
Phil S. Dixon has covered African-American baseball topics for more than thirty-five years, and is an author and storyteller of the rich history surrounding America's pastime, baseball. Phil is a road warriour, a veracious interviewer, a tireless researcher and writer who has interviewed over 500 players, wives and their offspring for a unique perspective of the American and Negro League baseball experience. He is an award-winning author for his excellence in historical research and is best known for his 7 non-fiction books covering baseball history. Dixon, a Kansas at birth, now makes his home in Missouri with the wife, te children, his trumpet and album collection while eagerly awaiting his weekly edition of the Kansas City Call.
For more information on Phil S. Dixon go to http://www.nlbalive.com