Instructors and participants of the 2021 Young Storytellers Camp take a moment to pose in Traders Alley. / Photo courtesy ART26201

ART26201 to host Young Storytellers Camp June 20-24

ART26201, with Upshur County Schools, will host the 2nd Annual YOUNG STORYTELLERS CAMP, open to high school ages, from June 20-24, 2022, at the Colonial Arts Center in Buckhannon, West Virginia.

The weeklong day-camp will focus on the traditional Appalachian art of storytelling. Space is available for up to 24 students, who will perform their stories on the Main Stage at the conclusion of camp. All-stars James Froemel, Doug Van Gundy, and Jason Young will return to lead the camp instruction.

Please contact to reserve your student’s seat, and be sure to include your student’s T-shirt size when signing up for camp! Snacks and drinks will be provided; however, students will be asked to bring lunch daily.

Location: Colonial Arts Center
48 E. Main St.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Time: 9:00AM – 4PM Daily
Age: 14-18
Fee: $150

James Froemel is the winner of the 2015, 2017, and 2019 West Virginia Biggest Liar competition, as well as the 2015 Fibbin’ on the 4th storytelling contest in Ripley, WV. He has been featured in storytelling performances at schools and festivals throughout WV, and his work has been published in Goldenseal, the magazine of West Virginia traditional life. James holds a BFA in acting from WVU.

Doug Van Gundy is a published author and musician from Elkins, WV. He teaches English at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, with a primary focus on creative writing, Appalachian literature, and humanities. His poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, The Guardian, The Oxford American, The Louisville Review, and Goldenseal.

Jason Young is a freelance theater director and actor living in north central WV. He is co-founder and former artistic director at The Gateway Repertory Theater, Vintage Theatre Company, VTC to GO program, and premier performer in West Virginia’s professional comedy troupe, The Fearless Fools. He studied theater at Fairmont State University.

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