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Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories! Chilling, Spine-Tingling Ghost Stories!
If Ghost Stories fascinate you, then be sure to get a seat in the Dobie/West Performing Arts Theatre to hear some of the most chilling, spine-tingling ghost stories you've ever heard. Imagine the spooky ambiance in the theatre! You won't want to miss this year's Ghost Stories!
Date: Nov 05, 2016
Time: 08:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Location: Live Oak County Courthouse
*Schedule subject to change without notice
Ghost Stories will be hosted by Ryan McPherson with the following Storytellers participating:

MaryAnn Blue
Decee Cornish
Kim Lehman
Sheila Starks Phillips
Carolina Quiroga-Stultz
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Mary Ann Blue

Mary Ann Blue teaches Spanish and coaches youth storytelling in the Lower School at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio.Mary Ann has coached thirteen National Youth Storytelling Torchbearers.She is also a leader in the Texas storytelling community, having served on the Tejas Storytelling Board of Directors and several times as Artistic Director of the Texas Storytelling Festival. Mary Ann is the 2012 recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Art of Storytelling. She has been a featured storyteller at the Texas Storytelling Festival and PBS “Barney and Friends”. Mary Ann is a long time friend of the George West Storyfest and has been a featured teller a number of times.
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Decee Cornish

Decee Cornish is Texas born and was raised in “Fifth Ward,” Houston. At the age of eighteen, Cornish joined the military. For over a decade, he spent year after year living among the peoples of the Pacific Rim, Southeast Asia, Australia, Alaska, and the desert tribes of the Southwest. He attended colleges and universities worldwide, such as Prairieview A & M, the Universities of Guam and Alaska, The University of Maryland at the Philippines and at Japan.

Cornish also works with at-risk kids, mostly preteens and teenagers, using stories to teach and motivate. In 2004, his work with at-risk youth was recognized by the Presidential Commission of the Arts with the “Coming Up Taller Award.” Cornish is often referred to as the “Urban Aesop” and was introduced at a youth rally as the “Bad Boy of Storytelling.” When he asked why he was introduced as such, the student responded that Cornish was “the baddest dude there.” Recently, Cornish has appeared in schools as “Gator Bill,” telling stories of Buffalo Soldiers to students.

A member of the Tarrant Area Guild and National Storytelling Association, he has conducted workshops and performed at Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, East Texas State University, Texas A & M University, the Lena Pope Home, Texas Youth Commission, the NOSAP Program (Neighborhoods Organized for Substance Abuse Program) and the I Have a Dream Foundation. He has also held Residence positions at Texas A & M University and Tarrant County College. In July 2015 at the National Storytelling Conference, Cornish was one of the storytellers in the South Central Regional Showcase.

Cornish has been a Featured Storyteller at festivals such as Tejas Storytelling Festival and George West Storyfest. In 2012, Cornish wrote and performed the play “To Love This Earth”: A Tribute to George Washington Carver.The Ft. Worth Arts Council awarded Cornish the Live Theater Award, and he has been featured on Breaking Bread, a TV show broadcasted from Atlanta, GA, and hosted by Tonya Starks. He is the StorySlam National Champion.

Cornish is a current member of the Texas Commission on the Arts Artist Touring Roster.
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Kim Lehman

Kim Lehman has been telling tales for many years, first as a way to entertain younger cousins and now as a professional storyteller, musician, puppeteer, and workshop presenter. Kim is on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster and has performed at the Texas Storytelling Festival. For the last 30 years, Kim has collected and recorded stories and songs from her home community of Soap Hollow in the mountains of rural Pennsylvania culminating in a video about play party games and a published cookbook. Presentations include herbal folklore, Shakers, and preserving family stories.

Kim Lehman

Texas Commission on the Arts Roster

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Sheila Starks Phillips

Sheila Starks Phillips was born in Amarillo, Texas and loves all things Texas.With a BS degree in Elementary Education from TCU with a focus on children’s literature, it was only natural that she was drawn to storytelling.She began telling professionally in 1990 after having worked as a first grade teacher and a Zookeeper at the Houston Zoo.

Sheila has been on the Traveling Artists Roster of Texas Commission on the Arts.She has been a featured teller at the Texas Festival, the George West Storyfest, the Squatty Pines Storytelling Retreat, the Corn Island Storytelling Festival, the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and performed at the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN.In 2006, Sheila was the Teller-in Residence at the International Storytelling Center and again in 2010.

A lover of tall tales, Sheila is a four time winner of the Houston Area Liars’ Contest and was declared the Best Liar at the Texas Storytelling Festival in 2013.

Author of one children’s book entitled The Eggstra-Ordinary Surprise; Sheila has produced three CDs and collaborated on an additional two.

Sheila was the recipient of the 2005 John Henry Faulk award,the most prestigious award given in the name of storytelling in the southwest.She has lived in Sugar Land, Texas for the past 36 years and is Sugar Land Proud!

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Carolina Quiroga-Stultz

Carolina Quiroga-Stultz earned a Masters Degree in Storytelling at East Tennesee State University. Since landing in San Antonio in 2014, she has sought out and organized storytelling programs for small companies of SASA Storytellers at St. P.J.s, the San Antonio Childrens Hospital, and at the Scobee Planetarium’s Lunar Extravaganza. She has collaborated with SAY Sí (Multidisciplinary Youth Arts Program) to create a production for the Muertitos Fest 2016 and developed story programs with UNAM (Universidad Nacional de Mexico), the Instituto Cultural de Mexico, and San Antonio College. She built a relationship with the Rainbow Turkish House and facilitated bringing SASA’s annual Tellabration!™ to that site. She applied for and received DCCD funding support for a program of her own in 2015, then inspired SASA to apply in 2016.

Her repertoire embraces the myths, legends and mysteries of Central and South America from Guatemala to La Patagonia, and she has not stopped telling them since she arrived in San Antonio! She has appeared at Northside ISD Story Fest, Spooky Stories at Travis Park, Spanish and French classes at Stevens High School, and SASA’s Tellabration!. She gave the Keynote address at the 2015 UTSA Storytelling Festival. She has performed at the Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton and the National Storytelling Conference in Kansas City, MO. In 2015, she toured Costa Rica with her shows in Spanish and English, The Tatu´s Night (Children Stories) and Las Animas (Latin-American spooky tales). Recently Carolina received the National Storytelling Network’s “J. J. Reneaux Emerging Artist” Award.

Visit her website: www.carolinastoryteller.com

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