Sam's fill-the-room stage presence, craftsmanship, and his soaring tenor voice have established him as a favorite with audiences and critics alike. Payne has brought his stories and songs to halls in Canada, Bulgaria, Tokyo, and from coast to coast in the United States, including the Will Rogers Auditorium in Dallas, Texas and the Kennedy Center in the nation's capitol. A regular performer at the Weber Storytelling Festival, he's been featured at other festivals large and small, including the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and on the Exchange Place stage at the National Storytelling Festival. He's shared stages with rock legends Foreigner and Toto, and with pop superstars Air Supply and Marie Osmond. Sam has authored publications for children, with a regular readership of some 200,000 elementary school students, and his work has been adopted by state boards of education in Florida and Arkansas. He co-directed the "Soundcheck Series," an artist development program for independent songwriters, and currently hosts The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories, a national radio show on the art of storytelling, broadcasting daily on BYU Radio.

Master Class, May 16:                                            

Front Street Crossing
227 Front Street
7:00 - 9:00 PM                                         Tickets:  $10, limited number available

Performance, May 17:
Theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building
Southwestern Michigan College
7:30 PM                                                   Tickets:  $6

MAY 16 & 17
Sam Payne

Storyteller