Storytellers of the Round Table

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Storytellers of the Round Table

We are a local group of storytellers from the Naples-Fort Myers area dedicated to the art of storytelling, crafting new stories, and keeping old stories alive. We produce local events to showcase the art of storytelling for all ages to captivate, entertain, and inspire.

"A story is the shortest distance between two people." -Terrence Gargiulo


Phone: (239) 267-6480

Members: Tashahara Jallad, Rhonda Brazina, Mary Lou Williams, Joel Ying

 Tashahara Jallad joined Toastmasters International in 2008. After achieving the level of Distinguished Toastmaster, she began to explore storytelling. She joined the Florida Storytelling Association and started the Storytellers of the Round Table. Tashahara adapts and weaves universal messages that touch the heart, challenge the mind, and lift the spirit. With a belief that a story is the shortest distance between two hearts, she will inspire you to pass them along.

 Rhonda Brazina has always loved stories. She dreamed of writing children's books, and she did it! She co-authored "Carrots for Charlie." She also found her dream job as a professional storyteller. Combining her career as an educator, her love for acting and theater, and her passion for stories, she is grateful to have found a niche with Storytellers of the Round Table. Whether performing a role, giving a Toastmasters speech or telling a story, she delights in connecting with her audience.

 Mary Lou Williams is a retired teacher.  She first became interested in storytelling when she heard an Appalachian storyteller at an Elderhostel in Boone, North Carolina.  She has been hooked ever since.  She has served on the board of the Florida Storytelling Association and has produced local storytelling workshops and concerts featuring national tellers.  She is also a member of Toastmasters International and the Tamiami Tale Tellers.

 Joel Ying is a Naples physician practicing integrative & holistic health in his private practice. He originally joined Toastmasters in 2009 to improve his public speaking presentations. As he advanced as a speaker, he discovered the art of storytelling and the National Storytelling Festival. He became a storyteller and began a series of StorySlams, just to have a place to tell stories. In the present Age of Information, it is not the data but the stories that captivate, inspire, and motivate.


Do you have a story to tell?
Join us at Naples Storytelling Guild or in Fort Myers at the Tamiami Tale Tellers.

Visit calendar of upcoming storytelling events.

For upcoming Tea & Tales events, visit Brambles Tea House.