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After little more than 30 years, the young storytelling movement in the United States can claim significant achievements. However, much more is required for professional storytelling to attain the same status as such performing arts as theater, music, and dance. We must examine the articles of faith that launched and sustained the storytelling revival in its early years to see how they are now helping—and impeding—the advance of the art of storytelling. Recognizing and applauding important recent developments in the field, storytellers must still rise to the challenge to develop the art further and to make it more appealing and nurturing to the next generations of storytellers by fostering new formats and venues, new audiences, and, most important, the development of conservatorylevel storytelling programs in universities. This keynote address was delivered at the National Storytelling Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 13, 2007.