Nebraska StoryArts

Our dedicated group of Nebraska StoryArts volunteer board members, contracted tellers and workers fulfills our mission by organizing and implementing an array of storytelling events with a limited budget.

Our signature events include: the Moonshell Storytelling Festival; a summer workshop for adults and camp for boys & girls ages 9 to 18; Spooky Stories.
We conduct events and outreach programs for schools, libraries and community agencies.

Our mission is to preserve, perpetuate, and celebrate storytelling of all cultures and to nurture, sustain, and develop the storytelling community of tellers and listeners.​
We're a lively bunch. If you'd like to help us out, become a member or volunteer or sponsor an event! Be part of the story.

Meet Our 2018
Moonshell Festival Storytelling Lineup
Saturday Sept. 8, 2018 at Mahoney State Park

Michael Reno Harrell
Morganton, NC

Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he’s from the South... the Southern Appalachian Mountains to hone it a bit finer.

One could compare Michael's performances to his granddaddy's pocket knife: well warn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point. His brand of entertainment appeals to a very diverse audience. A typical day for Michael might include a program for 4th graders in the afternoon and a concert for a mixed audience that evening.

Michael's recordings top the Americana Music Association charts year after year. His original songs and stories have been described as "Appalachian grit and wit" but, as his writing shows, Michael's awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home or even the Southern Experience. Having toured throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the US, the songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend's voice.

Michael's natural knack for storytelling, in print, song and spoken word has earned him praise from not only the music community but from the literary and storytelling worlds as well, having had the honor of being a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and to be Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center, as well as performing at major music events like MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival. Along with his performances, Michael often conducts workshops in songwriting and storytelling as well.

Michael's recordings have for years received and continue to garner awards in Country, Americana and Folk circles. His humor and wit, as well as the emotional depth of his work, keep his fan base growing and staying tuned in for whatever comes next. Don’t miss the chance to experience what those faithful fans keep returning again and again to enjoy.
 MaryGay Ducey
MaryGay delights audiences with her humorous tales that mix personal and historical, literary and folk.

MaryGay Ducey performs, teaches, and has been  an organizers storytelling for all ages as a National Storytelling Festival performer, a children’s librarian, the director of the Bay Area Storytelling Festival and teacher of storytelling at UC Berkeley.
Berkeley, CA
From a commission by the Smithsonian to an appearance on Mister Roger’s Neighborhood, MaryGay’s wit, wisdom and stories delight and enrich.
 In reviews of his work, Ed Stivender has been called “the Robin Williams of storytelling”by the Miami Herald  and “a Catholic Garrison Keillor” by Kirkus Review.
Since 1977, Ed has appeared in schools, churches, coffeehouses and theaters, as well as at major storytelling festivals. He has been a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival in Ireland, Graz Festival, Austria and our own Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Ed enjoyed narrating: “Paddington Bears Special Day” with the Harrisburg Symphony, “Ferdinan the Bull” with a violinist for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and “Peter and the Wolf” with the LaGrange Symphony.

The National Storytelling Association inducted Ed into its Circle of Excellence in 1996.
Ed has strutted in the Comic division of the annual Philadelphia Mummers Parade since 1982. In 1994,he received the Mummers’ Most Original Character Award for his one-man Vatican-American String Band, and in 1996, he was Captain of the first-prize-winning Kingsessing Morris Men, in 2006 and 2011 he won first prize for Most Original Character.

Ed is the subject of a chapter in the book Storytellers by Corki Miller and Mary Ellen Snodgrass, a story in Chicken Soup for the Romantic Heart and is the author or two books of tales: Raised Catholic, Can You Tell? and Still Catholic After All These Fears.
 He has also released several recordings of his performances. 

Ed Stivender 

 Millsboro, DE

  Jeff Doyle ​​
 Whether it’s the story of  “The Blue Ape,” the tale of “Pull My Finger Bob,” or his hilarious adult story "Office not Orifice," Jeff captivates listeners of all ages.

He developed his art by first telling stories around the family campfire, and has since appeared at schools, theaters, festivals and libraries.

Jeff tailors his program to fit specific entertainment or educational needs. Whether it is telling stories at an adult event, entertaining at yearly fundraisers, scaring Scouts, Jeff ensures that his audiences have fun. 


Jeff tells wild, funny and scary tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat!