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Doris Jones

Storyteller/Teaching Artist
Doris Jones grew up in Memphis, but found her way south where she fell utterly and completely in love with the people, stories, and slower pace of Mississippi. While reading to her young children, she discovered the fun of dramatic expression and later channeled this interest into elementary school visits and a position as a children’s librarian.

Since the mid-90s, she has traveled around the state as a storyteller, promoting literacy in schools, libraries, and museums. Listed on both the Mississippi Art Commission’s Artist and Teaching Artist Rosters, she employs a high-energy, interactive style that draws young listeners into her stories. Dedicated to increasing the presence of arts in the schools, she has developed lesson plans and artistic residencies that not only resonate with elementary students and teachers, but also address language arts, social studies, and theater competencies.