RICHARD ALAN YOUNG
Richard was born March 1, 1946, in Huntsville Texas, the son of a Scots-English-Seneca-Indian father/college educator and a French-English mother from a pioneering Texas Family, the Farines of the La Reunion settlement outside Dallas that disbanded in 1857.
Richard's father was at one time a Spanish teacher, as was his uncle Homer, and Richard visited Mexico frequently from early childhood. A two-year assignment in Ecuador for the U.S. State Department took the family to Quito, high in the Andes in 1954-1955. Homes in Huntsville, Ft. Worth, and later Abilene, made Richard a Texan with a wide prairie upbringing and a Hispanic flair.
Moving to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1959 -- with his father taking a prestigious position at a small evangelical university -- Richard was graduated from Siloam Springs High School in 1963.
In five years at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Richard earned a BA in Romance Languages and an MA in the Humanities.
Taking an immediate teaching position during the teacher shortage of the late sixties, he taught high school Spanish from graduation in
1968 until 1993 at Harrison, Arkansas.
In 1973 Richard began summer seasons at Dogpatch, USA, theme park near Jasper, Arkansas, where he rose in seven seasons to become Character Director. When financial troubles hit Dogpatch, he moved first to the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, then to Silver Dollar City theme park outside Branson, Missouri, as a character actor and storyteller. Working summer seasons from 1980 to the present, Richard retired from teaching in 1993 to pursue acting and storytelling full-time.
Married to Judy Elaine Dockrey March 27, 1982, Richard has co-authored nine books , performs on nine audio tapes and four video tapes. As a storyteller, Richard has performed at schools, churches, libraries, universities, symposia, and regional storytelling festivals since 1984. He represented Arkansas at the regional Concert of the National Storytelling Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in 1992. He and Judy appeared on Storytellers' Theater on the Americana Network in 1993. He has been a featured teller at Homestead National Monument, Nebraska; Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas;
JUDY ELAINE DOCKREY YOUNG
Judy was born in Muskogee,Oklahoma, June 25, 1949, to a family that settled Oklahoma before statehood. The Dockreys are of Irish and American Indian extraction, and Judy's mother was a German-Scot-Irish, which gave Judy a varied heritage in a pioneering family.
She attended two-room Star School in the Verdigris River bottom outside Wagoner, Oklahoma, and when the family moved to Rescue, Missouri in 1960, she attended and was graduated from Miller High School. Attending Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield from 1967-1972 and was graduated with a BA in Speech and Theater.
Accepted to the prestigious Dallas Theatre Center in Dallas, Texas, in 1972, she did her master's work in Children's Theater at this (former) branch of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Following her father's nearly fatal heart attack in 1974, Judy returned to help out at the family farm in 1975-1976 and also earned her lifetime Missouri teaching certificate at S.M.S.U.
Two years teaching high school speech and drama at Republic, Missouri, ended when Judy took a position as a character actress and storyteller at Silver Dollar City theme park outside Branson.
Judy has worked at Silver Dollar City as the resident storyteller since 1979, earning her living by storytelling for more than thirty years. Her work began to gain national recognition with the cummulative today of three million live audience members.park guests who saw her performances, and with the publication of her first three audiocassettes of storytelling.
Married March 27, 1982, to actor-teacher Richard Alan Young, the two have gone on to publish nine books with August House Publishers of Little Rock, Arkansas. Seven nationally-released audio-cassettes featuring Judy and Richard have also been released by August House.
And the couple have produced four video tapes.
Judy's live performances have led to appearances at the Exchange Place stage of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and featured teller on the main stages at the Texas Storytelling Festival, Nebraska Storytelling Festival, St. Louis Storytelling Festival and San Antonio's Tellabration just to mention a few. Many tours, including performances under the auspices of several state humanities councils, have carried her storytelling from Rawhide Theme Park in Arizona to The Hoggetown Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida, and from the 1845 Agricultural Fair at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Lerna, Illinois, to Sunfest in Oklahoma.