2019 National Storytellers


Jasmin Cardenas

Jasmin Cardenas is a Colombian-American bilingual storyteller, actress, educator, and social activist. Jasmin experienced the storytelling Mecca when she was an Exchange Place Teller at the 2016 National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Since then she hasn't stopped touring around the country at various festivals, schools and libraries in Illinois, Texas, Washington DC, New York, Missouri, and Minnesota. Her program Cuentos from the Americas is a family friendly story concert which highlights folktales, myths and legends from North, Central, South America and the Caribbean islands. Winner of the Race Bridges Storytelling Fellowship, Jasmin believes in the power of art as activism. Jasmin is a proud SAG-AFTRA actress, is represented by Big Mouth Talent and has worked at many Chicago theaters including Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Goodman Theatre, and has guest starred in NBC's Chicago Fire. For shows, podcasts, and more info go to www.JasminCardenas.com.




Noa Baum

Born and raised in Israel, Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller and author who uses here art to build bridges of peace and understanding. Her stories, drawn from diverse cultures but primarily from her own Jewish heritage and personal experience, highlight our similarities, celebrate our differences, and encourage curiosity, awareness, and acceptance. Noa was an actress at Jerusalem Khan Theater, studied with Uta Hagen and at NYU and performs internationally for diverse audiences of all ages from the World Bank and presitgious universities to inner city schools, festivals, and congregations. Highlights include: The World Bank, US Department of Defense, The Kennedy Center, Mayo Clinic for Humanities in Medicine, AARP, The National Storytelling Festival, Securities & Exchange Commission, NSA, George Washington University Law School, Brandeis, Brown and Stanford Universities, and the Fabula festival in Sweden. Noa's audio recordings won awards from Storytelling World and the Parents' Choice Foundation. Her memoir A Land Twice Promiste – An Israeli Woman's Quest for Peace, is a winner of the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award, a Storytelling World Award and the 2017 LDS Publishing Professionals Association Award



Antonio Rocha

Antonio Rocha, a native of Brazil, began his career in the performing arts in 1985. In 1988 he received a Partners of the Americas grant to come to the USA to perform and deepen his mime skills with Mime Master Tony Montanaro. Since then he has earned a Summa Cum Laude Theater BA from USM (University of Southern Maine) and studied with Master Marcel Marceau. Mr. Rocha's unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been performed from Singapore to South Africa and many places in between including 16 countries on 6 continents. Some of the venues include The Singapore Festival of the Arts, Wolf Trap, The National Storytelling Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic, The Tales of Graz in Austria, Dunya Festival in Holland as well as any other Storytelling Festivals and educational institutions around the USA. Antonio has three very entertaining and educational award winning DVDs, a picture book and a few awards including the coveted Circle of Excellence Award by the National Storytelling Network. 








Ed Stivender

Wherever Ed Stivender has been he has entertained audiences of all ages with his unique blend of wit, whimsy and wisdom and has been doing so since 1975. His early work consisted of original renderings of classic American folklore with a comic twist, learning Jimmy Neil Smith (founder of the National Festival) to call him "the clown prince of storytelling." Ed's current repertoire includes religious comedy, American classics, world folklore and personal stories. He has produced several audio recordings of his work and his video credits include three Family Specials with The Christophers, an appearance on NBC Today, American Storytelling Series by H. W. Wilson, and numberous YouTube pieces. Called the "Robin Williams of Storytelling " by the Miami Herald, "a cross between George Carlin and Mark Twain" by Mara Liasson in The Vineyard Gazette, and "My son, my son" by his mother, Ed is always entertaining and ever accessible, more interested in giving the audience a break from their everyday lives by inviting them to a dance of interactive imagination that than persuading them to change their point of view to accept his higher way of thinking. A Google search will yield some 21,000 results, though his own website, edstivender.com, might be more informative than the Cialis ads listed therein.