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The Storytellers

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Richard & Judy standing on the steps of the Homestead Cabin, Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO.
Photo by Mark Anderson

Richard & Judy at the Homestead,
Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO.

Richard and Judy Dockrey Young are professional actors, writers, and performing storytellers with twenty-three years' experience in the field. Richard holds a master's degree in the humanities from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and Judy did her master's degree work at the Dallas Theatre Center (Dallas, Texas), formerly a branch of Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas. They have
nine books, nine audio tapes and four video tapes in national publication, most of them through August House Publishers of Little Rock, Arkansas, America's foremost publisher of folklore and storytelling materials.

The Youngs perform six months out of the year at Silver Dollar City theme park, recently voted Best Theme Park in the World for 1999 by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. In the winter months they tour extensively in the Midwest, having performed and done residencies at libraries, public and private schools, university symposia, and other theme parks and festivals.

In 1999, the Youngs were featured tellers at the Nebraska Storytelling Festival in Omaha, and have delivered performance workshops for the International Reading Association High Plains Conference also in Omaha. Judy has been a regional teller at the National Storytelling Festival's Exchange place event, and Richard was a regional teller at the National Storytelling Conference in San Antonio. The Youngs have also been featured at storytelling festivals in Denton, Texas; George West, Texas; Cahokia, Illinois; Bartlesville, Oklahoma; St. Charles, Missouri; Dayton, Ohio; Arkadelphia, Arkansas; Hot Springs, Arkansas; Jefferson City, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The youngs have toured northern New Mexico on a grant from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, and performed at such diverse events as the National Girl Scout Camporee, the Pagemaster Reading Program in Farmington, New Mexico, and the living history Walk Through Time at Wekiwa Springs, Florida.

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