Hannah Harvey     storyteller  |  speaker  |  ethnographer

Hannah’s energetic style brings humorous, compelling, contemporary Appalachian stories to audiences of all ages.


Hannah is an internationally-recognized performer and award-winning director and teacher.  Born and raised in southern Appalachia, Hannah has has delivered performances and workshops at festivals and universities in the U.S., U.K., and Morocco. Her energetic style brings to life humorous and compelling stories of contemporary Virginia coal miners; life growing up in Appalachia; her grandfather’s childhood in the Cove, VA; and folktales connected with the region’s Scottish heritage. Critics have called her work “very funny” (Theatre Guide London) and “deeply moving” (Classical Voice of North Carolina).


Harvey (Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill) teaches in the Storytelling Master’s Program at East Tennessee State University (www.etsu.edu/stories) and for The Great Courses (www.thegreatcourses.com). She is managing editor of Storytelling, Self, Society journal.

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


Storytelling Festival of Carolina

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