West virginia storytelling guild
Karen Vuranch is a professional storyteller, an actress, and a writer from Fayetteville, WV. She is widely know for her traditional storytelling, plays based on oral history that she has collected, and living history presentations of famous American women such as Clara Barton and Mother Jones.
She combines both storytelling and drama to create an exciting and educational presentation. With a master's degree in Humanities from the West Virginia Graduate College, she teaches Appalachian Studies and Introduction to Theatre at the Concord College campus in Beckley, WV.
In addition to her demand as a storyteller, she also gives workshops on a variety of topics including the techniques of storytelling and ways to gather oral history and turn it into a performance. In addition to her role as a featured teller at many festivals throughout the state, her work has been honored by a number of organizations over the years.
In 1996 she was awarded the Spirit of West Virginia Tourism Commission, and in 1994 she and her husband, Gene Worthington, gave a storytelling performance at the White House.
Karen Vuranch was a featured performer at the 2001 WV State Storytelling Festival. Here she is performing the Japanese folktale of the Old Woman and the Oni (mythological trolls).
Contact Karen Vuranch
P.O. Box 383
Fayetteville, WV 25840
1 (304) 574- 4840