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Communication & Performance

College of Arts & Sciences

Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, ETSU is a regional university in the heart of traditional storytelling country.

Neighboring Jonesborough is home to the National Storytelling Festival, a seminal venue for contemporary storytelling in the USA, as well as the National Storytelling Network and International Storytelling Center, two preeminent professional storytelling organizations.

Students in the ETSU Storytelling Program may concentrate on performance skills for the sake of their present or intended professional storytelling career, or they may focus on aspects of applied storytelling, to enhance their roles as teachers, ministers, counselors, community workers, corporate trainers, healers, parents, grandparents, or any combination thereof.

ETSU Communication & Performance welcomes Nancy Donoval

Nancy Donoval

The Department of Communication & Performance is thrilled to announce that storyteller Nancy Donoval will be joining us in August 2019 full time, as Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator in Storytelling. Nancy earned an MFA in Theatre from Northwestern University and has been immersed in the world of storytelling as a performer, teacher, producer/organizer, and story coach for over 30 years. One of her primary interests is in storytelling as it relates to healing professions and law, particularly as they relate to sexual violence, awareness, prevention, and intervention.  Her interests also include story listening, the neurobiology of storytelling, and ways that storytelling can be used to facilitate discourse about difficult topics. Nancy is the winner of Chicago’s 2010 National Storytelling Slam—you can hear her winning story here.  As former director of the Wild Onion Storytelling Festival in Chicago for 9 years, she brings a wealth of organizational and leadership experience, which she will direct in part toward fortifying alliances with the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Network, and other community organizations. Read more about her work at this link: Nancy Donoval


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