Ocala Storytelling Festival

National Tellers


                                                                 Connie Regan-Blake

Connie is one of America's most celebrated storytellers. She has captivated the hearts and imaginations of people around the globe with her powerful performances. Entertaining audiences in 46 states and 14 countries, she brings the wisdom, humor and drama of stories to main stage concert halls, libraries and into the corporate world. She has been a guest on NPR's All Things Considered, ABC Good Morning America and CNN.

When Connie takes the stage she generates a brightness and warmth, drawing in listeners withher engaging humor and Southern charm. Her stories range from hilarious traditional Appalachian Mountain tales to poignant true-life drama. A consummate professional, Connie's rare talent can transform a convention hall into a wondrous landscape and turn a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends.

Visit her website at http://www.storywindow.com/  

"Storytelling is alive and well, primarily because of Connie Regan-Blake"
- ABC Good Morning America

"If a rose could speak, it would have Connie's voice."
- Jay O'Callahan, Storyteller




Florida Tellers


                                                 Pat Nease

Those who have attended our festival in the past need no introduction to Pat Nease....she has participated in every Ocala Storytelling Festival! But for those new to the festival, Pat has delighted audiences throughout Florida and south Alabama with her unique style, ready wit, original stories and adaptations of traditional folktales. Pat is very adept at tall tales and is a past winner of our much-loved Liar's Contest. She is a past-president of the Florida Storytelling Association and continues to pour much of her time and energy promoting the art of storytelling in Florida. Visit her website at: 




Madafo Lloyd Wilson has presented as a storyteller and musician since the early 1980's.
His programs are patterned in the spirit of the "Griot"; those individuals responsible for keeping the history, traditions, principles and values of the people alive and vibrant. Madafo breathes life into the age old art form and speaks of the African experience in America. 













Ocali Storytelling Guild Tellers