Hannah Harvey

“very funny” -Theatre Guide London

  “deeply moving” -Classical Voice of North Carolina
"five stars" -British Theatre Guide


Hannah is a nationally-known professional storyteller & an award-winning teacher.

artist-scholar approach...

Because of Dr. Harvey's focus on the power of everyday story performance to form individual and cultural identity, her work has been featured on a variety of platforms, from The National Storytelling Festival to Yale University’s Psychiatric Grand Rounds, and in two courses on storytelling with The Great Courses.

Hannah Harvey Bio (doc)


what she does...

Storytelling Performances

Stories About Strong Women 

Folktales & Fairytales 

Oral Histories of Appalachian Coal Miners 

Workshops & Keynotes

Past keynotes and workshops have been specifically tailored for: 

     interim pastors


     K-12 teachers


     rural physicians...

...and on intercultural performance in Casablanca, Morocco.


Hannah has partnered with ballad singer and folklorist Dr. Katie Hoffman in The Bird by Bird Project, focusing on Appalachian women.

a few reviews...

“Her stories, like a family tree, draw webbed lines from the present deep into the past...with humor and gravity in the telling, Harvey strives to give voice to a contemporary Appalachian identity richer and more complex than any of the stereotypes about the region she loves.”      Blue Ridge Magazine

“Hannah is a wonderful wordsmith, an energetic and articulate teller, with a remarkable insight into the souls of her characters.”         Storytelling Festival of Carolina

“I live and work in Shanghai, China. I am a language curriculum designer and teachers trainer. I took Dr. Harvey’s course on The Great Courses. I enjoyed it and practiced Dr. Harvey’s storytelling methods in my class. It was magic. The most wonderful thing is I feel happy when I tell stories to students.  My students listened well, so well that we all immersed as a whole.”       —Emma Chen, Shanghai, China


quoted in...

"For Harvey, telling stories and being from Appalachia were one in the same."

PBS news hour

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