An award-winning storyteller, Bil grew up in a family where the truth was fluid! Bil became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age. Lepp explains that while his stories may not be completely true, they are always honest. Lepp has been featured 15 times at the National Storytelling Festival, and his festival appearances include the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Bil lives in Charleston, WV, and is the author of six books and sixteen audio collections. Bil is the recipient of many awards. Most recently, his new children’s book, The Princess and the Pickup Truck won the 2019 NAAPA award. Bil received the 2018 Vandalia Award- West Virginia’s highest folk arts award, and a 2018 Parents’ Choice Silver Award- for his CD, Raised on Hosewater.
“[Lepp] goes for the funny bone. He stuffs his hands in his pockets and leans back as he nonchalantly lets drop the zinger to his tale.” – The Boston Globe
Regi Carpenter’s tales celebrate the glorious and gut-wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenters raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, New York. Her story Snap!, the Boston Story Slam winner, is Regi Carpenter’s true tale of her journey back to reality from severe mental illness as a teenager. Regi is the founder of Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative 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. Regi is the recipient of many awards, including Storytelling World, Parent’s Choice, and Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award. Her stories are featured on Sirius Radio, Apple Seed Radio, The Moth, and NPR.
Her memoir, “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Dinner: stories of a seared childhood” is “an unexpected gift that leaves us longing for more.” Booklist Review
Sheila Arnold has been a full-time storyteller since 2003, traveling throughout the country sharing her stories and songs, and historic character presentations. Known for her interactive style that often incorporates song, Arnold’s been featured at many storytelling festivals across the U.S. She has produced two CDs and two books including a picture book, Weeping Willow, or, Why the Leaves Change their Colors. Sheila Arnold currently resides in Hampton, VA. She is the CEO and Lead Performer of History’s Alive!, and has given over 600 presentations for schools, churches, professional organizations and museums, in 26 states. In addition, she contracts with Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to present Historic Character Interpretation and teach teachers at their Summer Teachers Institute.
“She was passionate about the storytelling…slipping in and out of characters with ease. Her performance demanded attention.” – Culpeper Star-Exponent
Daniel Morden is one of the leading exponents in the art of storytelling, a practitioner of an oral tradtion that spans time, culture and place. Daniel has delighted audiences all over the world with his dynamic performances including the Vancouver, Oslo and Yukon story telling festivals, The Hay, Beyond The Border, Bath and Cheltenham festivals and at venues such as The Barbican, The National Theatre and The British Museum. He has also worked on television and radio, and has published six children’s books. He was recently awarded the Hay Festival Medal for his contribution to storytelling. He is one of the UK's most popular tellers of traditional stories, and has conceived and presented numerous documentaries on storytelling for BBC Radio Wales.
“To experience Daniel Morden in full flight is an amazing thing. He combines the skills of the troubadour, the actor, the bard, the standup comedian and the preacher in the pulpit. One of the UK’s greatest storytellers.” – BBC Radio 3