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08 - 09 Sep 2017

Timp Tell Contest

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 3rd Annual Timp Tell: A New Voice Showcase

Join our five finalists, Stephen Gashler, Pete Griffin, Karla Huntsman, Rona Leventhal, and Amber Richardson, the best storytellers from acros the nation (see storyteller tab above to read more about them) as they share a 10-minute story based on the theme #TheLibrary.

Now, we ask you, our faithful fans and followers, to help us select the winning storyteller who will share the stage with Donald Davis on Saturday September 9, 2017. See you at the Festival!

The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival & Timp Tell Contest will be held at the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, in Lehi, Utah on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm.


Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3900 N. Garden Drive

Lehi, Utah 84043

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Timp Tell Contest

Rose Garden Tent, Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Timp Tell Winner Performs

Shepherd's Hill Tent, Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Stephen Gashler

Inspire your audience or bring your next event to life with the hilarious, award-winning, and thought-provoking storyteller, Stephen Gashler. Stephen Gashler has been entertaining audiences since 2006. In 2014, he won 1st place at the National Storytelling Conference Story Slam. In 2013 he won the “Audience Choice Award” at the Timpanogos Storytelling Hauntings contest, and in 2012 he took third place at the Utah’s Biggest Liar contest. He’s been a featured teller at the Timpanogos and Weber Storytelling Festivals. As a published author, an accomplished actor, an award-winning playwright, a puppeteer, and a musician, Steve knows how to make both children and adults clutch their sides with laughter and think about it for weeks to come.

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Pete Griffin

Pete started his career with the US Forest Service in 1973 as a wildlife biologist. When he was promoted to District Ranger on the Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska in 1999, he started recording short natural history vignettes for radio. Titled, Tongass Trails, the essays documented his exploration of the temperate rainforest and eventually incorporated Pete's experiences growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (yes, he's a Yooper). The series ran five years, drawing public praise in the Capital City. Pete later narrated Shades of Green, a Forest Service production of video stories about life and land of the Tongass as told by the people who live and work there. See a segment of that serires on the home page! Following his retirement from the Forest Service, he told natural history stories aboard the Disney Wonder, a 2600-passenger cruise ship, along the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska in its inaugural season. On board he performed stage shows for hundreds of passengers at a time, featuring unique aspects of some common and not-so-common species of plants and wildlife of Southeast Alaska, in addition to spending hours on deck with binoculars talking to passengers about glaciers, bears, whales, and the forests they were seeing.

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Karla Huntsman

"If you don't know the trees, you may be lost in the forest, but if you don't know the stories you may be lost in life."--Siberian Elder Sings, PLays Guitar, Autoharp, Washboard, djembe drum as part of storytelling performances. Uses puppetry for younger children. Making meaning through story and theatre activities has been Karla's life work. Before turning to freelance storytelling and drama specialist work, Karla spent over 25 years on the faculties of four universities teaching storytelling, drama education, public speaking and interpersonal communication. She has provided teacher in-services, residencies, workshops, conference presentations, and performances at state and national venues. Currently, Karla works as a professional teller, drama specialist, performer with the Las Vegas Improvisation Players, performer with Jubilingo Story performers of Las Vegas, and teaching artist for the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. "Karla is a dynamic performer. Her voice is rich, deep, and vibrant. She uses music, rhythm and movement to enhance her storytelling. She is a joy to watch and will leave you feeling enriched and full of wonder." Steffani Raff, Storyteller, Creator of Pirates and Pajamas.

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Rona Leventhal

“Throughout the story I felt like I was watching a fully staged play with scenery and a cast.” Rona has been a Teller of Tales and a teacher of storytelling for 26 years! Her exuberant, dynamic and down-to-earth style, has landed her as a Featured Teller at The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival (SC), on stages at The National Storytelling Conference and as a winner at story slams. She tells folktales, personal stories and original work to all ages. She aims to leave her audiences with “aha’s!” and “ah’s!”.....laughter in their bellies and stories to ponder. But wait...there's more! She is a workshop leader (see her Timp Conference workshop!), an improvisational theatre and movement specialist, a coach and an Educator who is passionate about bringing what she calls "Living Literacy" to students and teachers. For seven years she produced and facilitated The Summer Storytelling Institute, is coeditor of the book Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories, Storytelling and Activities of Peace, Justice and the Environment and her family CD, “Raps, Rhythms and Rhymes: Stories to Tap, Rap, Shake and Sing” is just out!

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Amber Richardson

Amber is a relatively new teller, but the way she tells feels quite old. Her favorite sorts of stories to share reside at the intersection of real life and fairy tale, because she believes that real life can be both.

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This is your chance to grace the Timpanogos stage! 

Enter to win one of five spots to compete in the Timp Tell contest for 2018. 

No specific theme—any family-friendly story will do

Submit your best 10 minute story by November 1, 2017

The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival’s Timp Tell: A New Voice Showcase will be held September 7–8, 2018 in Lehi, Utah during the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

Successful applicants should submit an audio or video recording of their 10 minute story. The best way for you to impress our programming committee is to have at least 20 minutes of additional audio or video samples for our volunteer selection committee to look at.

Five finalists will compete on stage Friday at the 2018 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. They will be competing for an opportunity to tell Saturday at the Festival with Donald Davis. Travel and lodging are not provided but finalists will be given two weekend passes and the opportunity to join the festival’s featured national tellers for two meals.

This showcase performance is a great way for us to measure storyteller interactions with our audiences. Timpanogos Storytelling aims to provide high-quality, family-friendly entertainment and education. Please keep this in mind as you consider materials to share with us.

Click here for the registration form.

To attend the Timp Tell Contest you must purchase a Festival ticket, more info below.

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