About

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Off to an amazing start

Last year was the inaugural year for the Teton Storytelling and Arts Festival.  We had several major, nationally known storytellers come to headline our festival. With our tellers, musicians and amazing regional artist it was a wonderful start to our festival.

This year we will be adding 3 more National Tellers to our line up, two additional evening storytelling events, and bringing back our Sacred Stories and Music for Sunday night.

We will be located at Riverside Park next to Rexburg Rapids again. Plenty of parking, vendors to enjoy throughout the two days, and you can even cool off at Rexburg Rapids if you would like across the parking lot.

 

Our Team

We’re not a big group, but we know how to get things done. If you have any questions, one of us will get back to you right away.

Jackie S. Rawlins

Festival Director

Jackie joined the City of Rexburg as their Cultural Arts Director and Museum Curator in 2015. This new job has allowed her to combine two of her loves – art in all forms and the stories of the past. She is passionate about encouraging and supporting people displaying their talents. Jackie started in theatre, dance and singing show choirs at the age of 5. She is a mother of 6 children from the ages 6 to 24. Supporting them in their endeavors of theatre, music and art has always been a priority to her.  Jackie has volunteered the past 20 years in her communities, 8 of those here in Rexburg as a director and choreographer. She is thrilled to be heading up this new festival for Rexburg. Jackie has wanted to see an art festival to be hosted here for some time, and it just seemed natural to join it with the art of storytelling. Both genres touch our hearts and help us connect as human beings.

Rob Burns

Storytelling Liaison

Rob Burns’ spectacular mustache-growing abilities are just the physical manifestation of his storytelling prowess. Rob was raised running wild in the hills of Missouri and Tennessee. Although he miraculously survived his childhood, shed his accent, and adopted the West as his home, his roots are a big part of his love for storytelling. 

Winner at the Weber State Storytelling Slam, Rob brings his enthusiasm for stories to the stage as both a storyteller and one of the main organizers of the Teton Storytelling Festival. Rob loves to tell all kinds of stories, but his unique voice and love of the theatre lend themselves well to his personal and humorous tales. 

Rob calls Rexburg, Idaho home, where he harasses his wife and entertains his four children with his frequent tall tales. When he’s not storytelling, he spins yarns of science for biology students as an instructor at Brigham Young University—Idaho and performs in local theatre productions. 

Tisha Flora

Board of Directors

Tisha loves serving in her community. She has helped the community put in a special-needs playground, served on the local education foundation, arts council, and volunteers in schools and the community. Currently Tisha is serving on the Rexburg City Council, enjoys being the mother of 6 children, and in her spare time volunteers in her cofounded non-profit organization building wells and providing education in Burkina Faso, Africa.