Dynamic young talent Carolina Quiroga-Stulz, whose storytelling career jumpstarted in 2012 when she left her home country of Colombia to move to East Tennessee, will soon be showcased in an extended storytelling concert series in Jonesborough.
Her live performances will be hosted by the International Storytelling Center (ISC) as part of its Storytelling Live! series. ISC will also bring a new storyteller to its downtown center each week through the end of October.
Quiroga-Stulz originally moved to the U.S. for ETSU’s renowned Master’s in Communication and Storytelling program. A fast-rising star in her field, she was awarded the Outstanding Performer of the Year prize by the university in 2014, and earned the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant from the National Storytelling Network in 2015.
Now based in Texas, the teller performed at her first National Storytelling Festival just last year, where she was well received at the Exchange Place.
As a young professional in Colombia, Quiorga-Stulz began her career as an engineer. Her first move into a more creative field came early on, when she became a graphic designer—but ultimately, she wanted more artistic freedom. “Most of my career, I worked as a graphic designer promoting cultural events,” she said. “I got to meet a lot of artists while I was doing all that. As I met these artists from different fields, I kept telling myself I love putting it all together, but I want to be the person on stage. That’s when I made the decision that I needed a break. I needed to do something different, and then I figured out how to get there.”
The storyteller’s blend of historical stories and traditional folklore has drawn wide acclaim. Quiorga-Stulz feels a deep connection between fact and fiction as it’s expressed through history and folk tales, which serve a similar function. “To me, history explains who we are, where we are heading, and what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” she says. Folk tales, of course, do exactly the same thing.
The performer’s residency runs Tuesday to Saturday, July 31 – August 4, with daily shows at 2 p.m. All performances are in ISC’s Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall.
Tickets for all matinee shows are $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and anyone under 18. All ticketholders can present their ticket stubs for a 10 percent discount on same-day dining at Main Street Café (lunch only); Medley Vegan Vegetarian; Olde Towne Pancake House; and The Corner Cup. Boone Street Market is offering 10 percent off prepared meals and 5 percent off any other purchase.
Information about all performers, as well as a detailed schedule (including after-dark concerts and one-time workshops) for the 2018 season, is available at www.storytellingcenter.net.
The premier sponsor of Storytelling Live! is Ballad Health. Additional program funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the Niswonger Foundation, Eastman Credit Union, and Food City. Media sponsors include News 5-WCYB, FOX Tri-Cities, Tri-Cities CW, Johnson City Press, Kingsport Times-News, Herald & Tribune, and Cumulus Media.
The International Storytelling Center is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.