Storytellers of the Round Table

We are a group of professional storytellers in Southwest Florida dedicated to the art of storytelling, crafting new stories, and keeping old stories alive. We produce 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

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Phone: (239) 267-6480


Dr. Joel Ying is a Physician-Educator-Storyteller. With world folk tales and touching personal stories, his storytelling range, like his practice of medicine, bridges the traditional and the modern. Storytelling is not just a performance art, but a healing art. He performs regularly, teaches workshops, produces events, and loves listening to a good story! 

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. 

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. 

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.