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09 Sep, 2017

Timp Tell Contest 2017



Timp Tell: A New Voice Showcase


Applications ended for the 2017 Timp Tell Contest on November 1, 2016.


Check back here to see who our five finalists are for the theme #TheLibrary. Join them at the 2017 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival where we need your help to select the winning storyteller who will share the stage with Donald Davis on Saturday September 9, 2017. The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival will be held at the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, in Lehi, Utah on September 8, 2017.



Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3900 N. Garden Drive

Lehi, Utah 84043

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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

Rona’s audiences and workshop participants have been leaving with smiles and “aha’s” for 26 years. Storyteller, Improvisational Movement Specialist, Educator, Coach, she brings storytelling to schools, libraries, conferences, festivals, organizations. Credits: Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope (book); “Raps, Rhythms and Rhymes” (CD)

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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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Applications ended for the 2017 Timp Tell Contest on November 1, 2016.

This is your opportunity to join other professional voices from near and far that have graced our stages. To be considered as one of only five performers selected for Timp Tell 2017, submit your favorite 10-minute #TheLibrary story by November 1, 2016.

The selection committee is looking for stories about anything related to a library, or the people or things within a library and you can go as broad or as narrow as you would like on this topic.

The five selected tellers for Timp Tell 2017 will receive two adult weekend passes and the winning teller will share the stage with Donald Davis on Saturday afternoon.

Click here to complete the entry form for the 2017 Timp Tell Contest.

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