Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson
Twice Upon a TimeStorytellers
Want to be entertained? Enchanted? Empowered to battle life’s dragons? This tandem storytelling team shares myriad folktales, fairy tales, ghost stories and personal narratives with humor and insight for all ages and environments.
On the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artists Roster since 2003 and the Mid-America Arts Alliance since 2006, they performed at the 2005 National Storytelling Conference Regional Concert in Oklahoma City and were featured tellers for the 2010 Texas Storytelling Conference. In addition to schools, libraries, festivals, conferences and community events, Gene and Peggy tell regularly at a federal prison and county jail, and weekly programs at a drug and alcohol treatment center. They have presented storytelling workshops for Richland College’s Emeritus program, Texas Storytelling Festival, Texas Storytelling Conference, and National Storytelling Conference.
With 30 years of storytelling experience as well as a PhD in entomology, Gene works part time as a historical interpreter for Dallas Heritage Village and served on the Tejas Storytelling Association board for four years and president in 2002. Telling since 1999, Peggy has a master’s degree in journalism and also works as a freelance writer. Both are currently on the board of the Dallas Storytelling Guild, Peggy as secretary and Gene as president-emeritus. In addition, both are recipients of the John Henry Faulk Award (Gene, 2015, and Peggy, 2016) for significant contributions to storytelling in the Southwest.