MCC Storytelling
20th Annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration
November 13-16, 2019

Michael McCarty

Michael D. McCarty

Michael is a multicultural storyteller of African, African-American and International Folktales, Historical tales, Stories of Science, Spiritual stories as well as stories of the brilliant and absolutely stupid things he has done in his life! His stories inform, educate, inspire and amuse. His storytelling style is energetic and enthusiastic. Michael has traveled to many countries and his travels have reaped a harvest of tales that testify to the unity within the diversity of the human spirit.



Laura Packer

Laura Packer

Laura Packer has been performing, coaching, writing, consulting, giving keynotes, and leading the storytelling field for more than 25 years. She knows the best way to the truth is through a good story and that this universally accessible artform creates empathy, builds bridges, and has the power to change the world. As the author of From Audience to Zeal: The ABCs of Finding, Crafting, and Telling a Great Story she is committed to helping others find their voice.

She is the recipient of many awards, including the 2018 Minnesota GrandSlam; best in Fringe in Kansas City in 2016 and 2018; the J. J. Reneaux Mentoring Grant from the National Storytelling Network in 2016; finalist on the 2009 and 2010 Boston Story Slam series; winner of the 2010 National Storytelling Network Oracle Award and 2012 League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling Brother Blue Award. 




Laura has told in venues as wide ranging as festivals, theaters, government agiences, corporate stages, in the streets, in prisons, schools, assisted living facilities, libraries, hospices and more. She is a past Chair of Sharing the Fire, the oldest, largest regional storytelling conference in the US, past board member of both the League for Advancement of New England Storytelling and the National Storytelling Network, and current board member of StoryArtsMN. Laura has also hosted several Boston, Kansas City and Minneapolis area storytelling venues.

Donna Washington


Dovie Thomason

The wise, boisterous teaching tales of her Lakota and Plains Apache relatives come alive in listeners’ imaginations as Dovie Thomason shares her culture with understanding, sly humor and astonishing vocal transformations.  Told with elegance, wit and passion, her stories inspire delight in the spoken word and teach respect for values passed on through generations.  When Dovie tells stories from her own life and from her people’s experience, the result is a contemporary vision of the rich cultures of the First Nations of North America.  A former teacher, Dovie is an NEA and Arts International recipient, Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers’ Traditional Storyteller of the Year and was honored with the National Storytelling Network’s 2007 Circle of Excellence Award.





For over two decades, her work has been exclusively in the preservation and continuation of Native cultural arts, utilizing the art form of traditional Native storytelling.  She has developed a wide variety of traditional storytelling programs for all ages, with the intent of sharing an indigenous perspective on Native cultures, stories and concerns, based in my own Lakota/Kiowa Apache tradition and including experience working with culture-bearers of Iroquois, Algonquian and other Native nations.

Any Offutt Irwin

Andy Offutt Irwin

With a silly putty voice, hilarious heart-filled stories, and amazing mouth noises (arguably, the greatest whistler in the world) one-person-showman, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. One of the most sought after performing storytellers in the United States, Andy is a perennial favorite of the Teller-in-Residence Program at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and he has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival nine times (as of 2017).

Andy Offutt IrwinAlong with being a vagabond storyteller, Andy works as an arts educator, keynote speaker, theatre director, songwriter, comedian, newspaper columnist, camp counselor, and Shakespearian actor.

Mike and Nancee Micham

Mike and Nancee Micham

Beginning in Scottsdale, AZ the couple's love for traditional folk and Irish music grew. They moved on to Branson, MO where they were featured performers at the theme park Silver Dollar City and then in 2007 they embarked on a traveling career, sharing their knowledge of traditional folk arts, songwriting skills, stage presence and mixing in humor everywhere they appear. 

They have performed for Road Scholars of Branson, libraries, storytelling festivals, Renaissance fairs and many other venues where they can share their own brand of learning through entertaining.

Last Modified: 11/4/19