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Regi Carpenter to Host Performance Series and Workshop in Jonesborough

Regi Carpenter is heading to Jonesborough.


Acclaimed entertainer Regi Carpenter, whose work has been featured by NPR, the Moth, and Sirius Radio, will soon lead a series of live performances as the storyteller in residence in Tennessee’s oldest town.

The Storytelling Live! series, which is curated by the International Storytelling Center, will bring a new performer to Jonesborough each week through the end of October.

Carpenter, who has worked extensively with regional health care provider Ballad Health, will also host a unique workshop geared towards counselors, health care professionals, clergy, social workers, and other professionals who help adults and children cope with grief and loss. The storyteller has been working in therapeutic storytelling since the death of a family member more than a decade ago.

The workshop, “Getting to Grief: Storytelling in Bereavement” will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7. A small registration fee is required.

In her own storytelling, Carpenter is known for her clear singing voice, as well as fearlessly delving into difficult personal stories alongside treasured childhood memories and traditional fare such as fairy tales.

As a professional, she’s been on the performance circuit for more than 20 years. But she originally honed her craft as a kid in upstate New York, where she was the star of her small-town variety shows.

A few years ago, she developed a story about what she had long considered one of the most secret and shameful experiences of her life: the year of high school that she spent receiving inpatient treatment at a state mental institution. Somewhat unexpectedly, the story took her storytelling career to new heights, earning her well-deserved national acclaim.

Carpenter’s concerts, which are open to the public, will be held daily at 2 p.m., June 5 -9, in ISC’s headquarters, located on Main Street, Jonesborough.

Tickets to Carpenter’s performances are just $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors, students, and anyone under 18. Advance purchase for all events sponsored by the International Storytelling Center is highly recommended.

For more information about Storytelling Live! or to make a group reservation, call (800) 952-8392 ext. 222 or (423) 913-1276.