Kevin Kling is an internationally acclaimed storyteller and playwright who is well-known for his commentaries on National Public Radio’s (NPR’s) All Things Considered. Living with a congenital birth defect and having survived a near-fatal motorcycle accident has given Kling a unique perspective. When crafting performances, he draws on abilities developed while earning his Bachelor of Arts in theater along with these remarkable life experiences.
On his website, Kevin Kling is described as an “author, playwright, [and] teller of tales” and he has had great success in all three endeavors. Regardless of the vehicle, Kling gets his messages across in ways that leave audiences laughing, crying, learning, and wanting more—sometimes all in the same story.
Adam Booth is the 2022 West Virginia Folk Artist of the Year, awarded at the Governor’s Arts Awards. His original stories blend traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. As a nationally touring artist, his professional telling appearances include premiere storytelling events across the United States, including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, the National Academy of Medicine, and as a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada). He is a member of the Recording Academy and his recordings have received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors, and four Storytelling World Awards and Honors. He is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. Adam is the inaugural Storyteller-In-Residence at Shepherd University.
2022 Lone Star Storytellers
The Lone Star Storytellers are the cornerstone of this festival. Selected by a highly competitive audition process, these amazing nine to eighteen-year-olds go through months of coaching before wowing audiences. Watch closely. You might just get to watch a friend or neighbor perform!