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    2018 Themes

    October 9th, 2017 By Amy Saidman

    We're excited to officially share our 2018 2nd Tuesday themes (and the fantastic art by Brand Dave bringing them to life)! Got a true, personal life experience that matches a theme? Ready to tell your story in front of Story District's amazing audience? Pitch now: slots fill up rapidly. Submit your pitch.

    Sharing in the Story District Board Experience

    May 17th, 2017 By JR Russ

    Boardmembers J.R. Russ and Kate Morton share their experience on the Story District Board. READ MORE

    10 Questions with Gina Cavalier

    April 19th, 2017 By Louise Chase Dettman

    Gina Cavalier recently made the jump from devoted Story District fan to hardworking Story District board member and community leader. Find out the leap and her hopes for Story District. READ MORE

    Do you have a Story District Story for our 20th anniversary oral history project?

    April 7th, 2017 By Amy Saidman

    Do you have a Story District Story for our 20th anniversary oral history project? Find out how to become part of Story District History. 

    John Kevin Boggs Memorial Award

    January 4th, 2017 By Amy Saidman
    John Kevin Boggs Memorial Award

    We've established the John Kevin Boggs Memorial Award as a way to preserve his memory and to continue his legacy. We are looking for nominees that share some of Kevin's greatest qualities as a storyteller and/or story coach. Deadline to Jan 8. READ MORE AND NOMINATE SOMEONE

    2017 Themes Are Live

    October 12th, 2016 By Ben Thomas

    Get plotting... Story District just released the story themes for 2017 2nd Tuesday shows READ MORE

    4 Lessons for Getting Real: Storyteller Ritija Gupta reflects

    September 27th, 2016 By Guest Author

    What's next after Storyteling 101, Boot Camp, or the Story District stage? Storyteller Ritija Gupta carried her Story District honed experience writing and sharing personal stories into Cultural DC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program, an incubator program for rising performers in Washington, DC. Here Ritja reflects on 4 key lesson she learned in the process of writing and producing her one-woman show "Charming the Destroyer." Final Performances , Thurs 9/29 at 8pm and Sun 10/2 at 3pm @ READ MORE

    Story District Goes 3D

    June 29th, 2016 By Louise Chase Dettman

    Story District's Storytelling 101 students tell their true stories live onstage June 30 at Red Rocks, and you're going to want to be there. For the first time ever, a Story District 101 Student Showcase will feature both deaf and hearing students sharing the stage for an evening of three-dimensional storytelling like no other. READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Emily Tedesco

    June 16th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Emily Tedesco

    Who is Story District? In an effort to learn a little about the kinds of people that make up Story District, we spoke to Emily Tedesco to learn a little about her experience with storytelling and Story District. Check out what she says READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Gina Chirillo

    June 7th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Gina Chirillo

    Who is Story District? In an effort to learn a little about the kinds of people that make up Story District, we spoke to Gina Chirillo to learn a little about their experience with storytelling and Story District. Check out what they said READ MORE

    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Kelly Madrone: Author, Storyteller, Massage Therapist & Mom

    June 1st, 2016 By Joani Peacock
    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Kelly Madrone: Author, Storyteller, Massage Therapist & Mom

    In this interview, first time storyteller Kelly Madrone talks all about her role in the Out/Spoken show, her writing that has helped the LGBTQ community, and how her experience as a massage therapist helps her creativity! READ MORE

    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Andrea Jones: Educator, “Perfect Liar”, and Storyteller

    May 28th, 2016 By Joani Peacock
    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Andrea Jones: Educator, “Perfect Liar”, and Storyteller

    In this interview with Story District Out/Spoken performer Andrea Jones, she talks about her love for the LGBTQ community, her unique storytelling experience, and how--like a true educator--her intro to Story District began with taking a storytelling 101 class! READ MORE

    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Ricky Harrison, Partner in Life, Law & Love

    May 26th, 2016 By Joani Peacock
    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Ricky Harrison, Partner in Life, Law & Love

    This Out/Spoken interview features first time performer Ricky Harrison! Work and law school keeps him busy, but he took some time out of his hectic schedule to talk a little about his story, the Out/Spoken tour, and who he hopes to see in the crowd on June 4th! READ MORE

    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Jud Lewis, Poet, Teacher, & Storyteller

    May 26th, 2016 By Joani Peacock
    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Jud Lewis, Poet, Teacher, & Storyteller

    Some storytellers have years of experience, and some are brand new to the stage. In this interview, newcomer Jud Lewis talks about his hopes for the Out/Spoken show, his own art, and his appreciation for the Story District community! READ MORE

    Spotlight: Jeffrey Brady, Story District’s Artist & Animator for Out/Spoken

    May 24th, 2016 By Joani Peacock
    Spotlight: Jeffrey Brady, Story District’s Artist & Animator for Out/Spoken

    Story District is a hub for inspiration. In this interview we focus on a past storyteller, Jeffrey Brady, who went from performing to creating art and animating for the 5th outing with the Pride Show, Out/Spoken 2016! READ MORE

    An Interview with Mike Boyd: Story District’s Co-Director of Out/Spoken

    May 24th, 2016 By Joani Peacock
    An Interview with Mike Boyd: Story District’s Co-Director of Out/Spoken

    In this interview, Story District regular Mike Boyd speaks passionately about his humble beginning at Story District and his path to pr co-directing Story District’s annual Pride Show and Southern tour! READ MORE

    A Secret We Shared, Story District’s Board is expanding

    May 10th, 2016 By Chris Kingsley
    A Secret We Shared, Story District’s Board is expanding

    Story District is no accident. Board President Chris Kingsley reflects on his time on the Board of Directors and invites you to be a part of it. READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Molly Bernsten

    May 9th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Molly Bernsten

    Everyone has their own experience when they come to Story District, and we want to hear them all! In this interview, Molly Bernsten tells us about Storytelling 101 and performing for the first time. READ MORE 

    Performer’s Spotlight - Evan Papp

    April 25th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Evan Papp

    Whenever we get the chance, we like to talk to some of our storytelling students and find out about their experiences in Storytelling 101. Here's Evan Papp's story:

    Performer’s Spotlight - Rupert Eyles

    April 13th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Rupert Eyles

    Who is Story District? What kind of people make up our community? We've chatted with Rupert Eyles to get an idea of what our storytellers think. Check out what he said READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - John Tong

    March 30th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - John Tong

    There are many different perspectives on the art of storytelling. We’ve told you a lot about our storytellers, but what about our teachers? Check out John Tong - one of our storytelling teachers - and learn a little about what our teachers really think READ MORE

    Story District Performer Ritija Gupta Prepares For Her Solo Debut

    March 18th, 2016 By Kate Paulo

    It’s not everyday that you get to share a real success story, but we're happy to share with you Ritija Gupta's triumphs in storytelling. READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Bobak Shafiei

    March 2nd, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Bobak Shafiei

    Before our upcoming show "Mind Over Matter", we wanted to get to know some of our performers. For a look at one of our storytellers, check out Bobak Shafiei as he answers some questions about his story and his experiences with mental illnesses. READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Dara Zycherman

    March 1st, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Dara Zycherman

    As we draw near to another special event "Mind Over Matter", we took the time to ask performer Dara Zycherman some questions about her story and her experiences with mental illnesses. READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Katie Kelly

    March 1st, 2016 By Kate Paulo

    Katie Kelly, a storyteller performing in our upcoming show 'Mind Over Matter', has taken the time to answer some questions about her individual experience with mental illness  READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Joani Peacock

    March 1st, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Joani Peacock

    'Mind Over Matter,' our upcoming show on living with mental illness, has a lot to teach all of us. Joani Peacock, one of the veteran storytellers performing that evening, has taken the time to elaborate on her own experiences READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - James Ayers

    February 26th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - James Ayers

    There are a lot of different stories to tell in our upcoming show 'God Loves Me'. James Ayers has taken the time to sit with us to talk about his particular relationship with faith and sexuality READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Elizabeth McCain

    February 23rd, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Elizabeth McCain

    As we count down to our next special event "God Loves You", we took the time to ask Elizabeth McCain some questions about her own experiences with religion and sexuality. READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Molly Kelly

    February 16th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Molly Kelly

    For those of us who have had a troubled relationship with our faith and sexuality, hearing about the struggles of people going through the same thing can be a wonderful experience. Molly Kelly is one of our storytellers, and she's been kind of enough to sit down and talk with us about her experience READ MORE

     

     

    Performer’s Spotlight - Mike Boyd

    February 12th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Mike Boyd

    The intersection between family, faith and sexuality is often messy at best. Mike Boyd, one of our storytellers familiar with this particular headache, talked to us about his experience READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Michael Baireuther

    February 9th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Michael Baireuther

    Before the performers of Sucker for Love hit the stage, we decided to sit down with Mike Baireuther to talk about his experiences with Story District. Here are quick highlights and great shots from his time on stage: READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Morgan Givens

    February 5th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Morgan Givens

    Who doesn't love a good love story? 'Sucker For Love' is the show for those of us who can't help loving love, and Morgan Givens was nice enough to sit with us to tell us a little about his story as storyteller. READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Stephanie Garibaldi

    February 5th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Stephanie Garibaldi

    'Sucker For Love' is the perfect show for anyone - single or not - this Valentine's Day weekend. We sat down with Stephanie Garibaldi and asked her a little about herself to get to know her a little better before Saturday READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Laura Feivson

    February 5th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Laura Feivson

    Valentine's Day is a good time to get to know one another. Before 'Sucker For Love', we talked with Laura Feivson so we can all get to know our storytellers a little better READ MORE

    Performer’s Spotlight - Michael Cotter

    February 3rd, 2016 By Kate Paulo
    Performer’s Spotlight - Michael Cotter

    Before the performers of Sucker for Love hit the stage, we decided to sit down with Michael Cotter to talk about his experiences with Story District. Here are quick highlights and great shots from his time on stage: READ MORE

    A love letter to 2015 and the last 10 years

    January 11th, 2016 By Amy Saidman
    A love letter to 2015 and the last 10 years

    Before we leave 2015 completely behind, I’d like to say thanks to all the people that made it a fantastic year for Story District.  This marks the 10th year that I’ve been running this organization, and with the name change and growth, it’s given me pause to think back on all that has gone into bringing us to this moment.  2015 was a particularly challenging, but also rewarding, year thanks to a small army of smart and dedicated people and a combination of financial and philosophical support from our city government, local businesses, community leaders, donors, and funders.

    2015 Highlights and 2016 Wish List

    December 30th, 2015 By Amy Saidman
    2015 Highlights and 2016 Wish List

    A look at 2015 by numbers and firsts with a wish list for 2016

    Support Story District 2015

    December 4th, 2015 By Ben Thomas
    Support Story District 2015

    2015 Has been a banner year for Story District. We literally got a new banner! We also launched our name and recommiited out dedication to creating, supporting and sustaining a creative community in the DMV. Read More 

    Story District on Kojo Nnamdi

    October 29th, 2015 By Ben Thomas

    Monday Oct 19, 2015. Story District Artistic Executive Director Amy Saidman recent appeared alongside a senior producer from the Moth to discuss storytelling on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Read More

    Unraveled Photos

    October 29th, 2015 By Ben Thomas

    Photos from the show Unraveled, hosted with Washington Improv Theater on 10/26/15.

    Announcing Nominees for Top Shelf 2016

    October 21st, 2015 By Amy Couchoud
    Announcing Nominees for Top Shelf 2016

    Announcing the nominees for our 6th annual Top Shelf -- a showcase of the best stories of the year that will take place at the Lincoln Theater on Jan 9, 2016. Tickets on sale now (sold out two weeks before showtime last year, so don't dally. Also, buy in person at either the Lincoln theater or 9:30 Club box office and only pay $1 extra in processing fees). READ MORE

    2016 Themes

    October 20th, 2015 By Ben Thomas

    The themes for the 2016 2nd Tuesday Shows are live. Check them out and pitch today. 

    Story District in the news

    September 3rd, 2015 By Amy Saidman
    Story District in the news

    See news about Story District in The Washington Post, and The DCist. Also, read an interview w/director Amy Saidman in The Washington Business Journal about how we help businesses tell their stories.

    Story District is here!

    August 6th, 2015 By Amy Saidman
    Story District is here!

    Story District is here!!! We are so happy about how the kickoff party went and grateful to everyone who attended, volunteered, tabled, performed, danced, tweeted, and helped us get started with this new name on the right foot. SEE PICS (PhotographybyAlexander.com) and READ MORE

    Welcome to Story District!

    July 15th, 2015 By Amy Saidman
    Welcome to Story District!

    SpeakeasyDC is growing up and making changes. Help us usher in a new era with our new name!! READ MORE

    Inspiration behind the new logo!

    July 9th, 2015 By Ben Thomas

    Check out our new logo and hear the inspiration from our design team READ MORE

    Garden Party Success

    July 6th, 2015 By Meredith Maslich

    I am not sure if it was the rain, all of mini-cupcakes, or the extra potent mint juleps, but I can't stop smiling when I think about the success of the Southern Style Garden party I co-hosted for Tour de Telling. It was definitely one of the most successful events, and I’d argue among the most fun events we’ve had in the past three years. READ MORE

    Our first road trip: Biscuits, stories, and more

    June 18th, 2015 By Amy Saidman

    The biscuits…. for me it really came down to the best heavenly cheesy biscuits you can imagine. We are talking biscuits with apple butter, eggs biscuit and gravy, yogurt parfait, and oatmeal and more. These Atlanta folks really know how to make a good dang biscuit. READ MORE

    SpeakeasyDC Board Member JR Russ

    May 29th, 2015 By JR Russ

    My name is JR Russ. You may know me as a SpeakeasyDC board member. You may not know that I am also a native Washingtonian. I went to a small, all-boys, private school here in DC, with a graduating class of seventy-five. I was one of a handful of guys that stayed in the area. I have gone to several colleges in the area, making friends during my studies only to see many move away again. I am constantly reminded that for a multitude of individuals, Washington, DC is a very temporary place. So community is something that has always been challenging. Something you should also know is that I was a dance major in college. After graduating, I committed myself to pursuing a life in the arts, whatever that meant. But over time, I found the work I was participating in less and less fulfilling. In and of itself, it was wonderful, but by the time I finished grad school, I realized what I was missing was creating meaningful work for the communities I did find myself a part of, the communities that were not transitory. So I started doing that, I started collaborating and creating work inspired by the stories within the communities. READ MORE 

    Tour de Telling 2015

    May 14th, 2015 By Ben Thomas

    And the race is on! We are excited to launch Tour de Telling 2015! 6 teams have committed to race each other to raise $15,000 in four weeks to support SpeakeasyDC's storytelling events and programs. READ MORE

    Home Sweet Home

    May 7th, 2015 By Liz Young

    I’ve been thinking about home a lot recently. My internship with SpeakeasyDC is ending, so I’m moving back to Lancaster, PA. I often wonder if I’m making the right decision…moving home to Lancaster seems like a step backward after living in busy downtown DC. Yet, I feel a desire to be near the familiar, to be with my family, to be home. Simon and Garfunkel sing, “I wish I was homeward bound”; Dorothy clicks her heels together three times and says, “There’s no place like home”; and Edward Sharpe yells, “Home is wherever I’m with you.” As shown in many pop cultural examples, the idea of home resonates within each of us. READ MORE

    Tour de Telling is Back

    May 6th, 2015 By Emily Wooten

    Tour de Telling is back. Get ready to raise some FUNds. I showed up to Dunya restaurant and bar for a Tell de Tour event Tuesday night not knowing who I was going to see or what it was about. READ MORE

    Unhinged: True stories about living with mental illness

    April 14th, 2015 By Liz Young

    Come one, come all! On April 25, SpeakeasyDC has the unique opportunity of partnering with Joani Peacock to produce the show Unhinged: True stories about living with mental illness. Joani, the writer of Unorthodox and Unhinged: Tales of a Manic Christian, works in her church and community to normalize the conversation about mental health. This show, Unhinged, is SpeakeasyDC’s way of adding to the conversation. It’s a show that I’m especially excited about because I live with a mental illness myself. [READ MORE]

    ICYMI: Highlights from Speakeasy DC’s Fools Rush In

    April 3rd, 2015 By Evan Milberg

    In Case You Missed It: SpeakeasyDC's Evan Milberg, recaps Fool's Rush In: Stories about acting rashly, being naive, and attempting feats that the wise avoid presented April 1st, 2015 with partner the Human Rights Campaign. READ MORE

    Storytellers in focus: Chris Kingsley

    April 1st, 2015 By Will Sefton

    Chris Kingsley is the Chair of the SpeakeasyDC board and Associate Director of Local Policy & Advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign. A longtime show-goer, Chris decided to step up to the plate and lead our board of directors during our rebranding. Here he speaks with us about plans for the future and how he's trying to meet the bar set by former SpeakeasyDC Chair Mike Boyd. READ MORE

    In Memoriam

    March 21st, 2015 By Amy Saidman

    We are very sad to share the news about SpeakeasyDC's beloved faculty member and master storyteller, Kevin Boggs, who passed away from liver cancer on March 13, 2015. As a storyteller, teacher, director, actor, and friend, Kevin was a true inspiration who made lasting contributions to the art of storytelling and to the cultural fabric of Washington, DC. [READ MORE]

    Storytellers in Focus: Victoria Rocha

    March 3rd, 2015 By Will Sefton

    A very um.. personal story brought Victoria Rocha to the SEDC stage in February 2013 and we have been enjoying her true life tales since then. As an SEDC volunteer and storyteller in her personal life, and disabilities rights advocate in her professional life, performing and storytelling has been a big part of her career and fun hobby. [READ MORE

    Storytellers in Focus: Chancellor Gaffney

    January 6th, 2015 By Will Sefton

    Chancellor Gaffney is an auditor for a Big Four accounting firm by day and a wrestler and storyteller by night. He has performed in Sucker For Love and on the second Tuesday stage. Although he doesn't have a background in performance, he loves performing and may have the ultimate strategy to defeat any and all aspects of stage fright. READ MORE

    We need a new NAME!

    December 2nd, 2014 By Amy Saidman

    SpeakeasyDC needs a new name and we want your input! Although the initial push to change our name is coming from a dispute over the trademark, we are seizing the moment and excited about using this as an opportunity to fully communicate how we have grown and changed since we first adopted that name in 1997. READ MORE

     

    Top Shelf 2015 selections have been made!

    November 19th, 2014 By Amy Saidman

    We are beyond excited to announce another batch of stand-out stories for SpeakeasyDC’s 5th annual Top Shelf, a showcase of the best stories of year. We will be at our largest venue ever -- the historic Lincoln Theater which seats 1200! We've already sold over 300 tickets, so don't wait. Last year, we did two back-to-back shows at the 9:30 Club and sold out 1300 seats well before showtime. READ MORE

    Storytellers in focus: Pierce McManus

    November 5th, 2014 By Will Sefton

    Pierce McManus has been performing in a variety of venues and acts in DC since the 90's. However, it wasn't until a year and a half ago that he turned to storytelling – both as a creative outlet and as a way to make sense of his life after being misdiagnosed with lung cancer in the Fall of 2011. With a strong sense of humor and a knack for performing, Pierce turned to SpeakeasyDC to enhance his storytelling skills. He is our storyteller in focus. READ MORE

    A behind the scenes look at SpeakeasyDC

    October 9th, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    A team of documentary film-makers created a short film that captures a behind-the-scenes look at SEDC's process and SEDC's most recent show Atonement. We thought it turned out beautifully and wanted to share. Thanks to Stone Soup Films!  READ MORE

    SpeakeasyShorts Call for Actors

    October 8th, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    SpeakeasyShorts is a new type of film competition – a collaboration between filmmakers and storytellers. Eight filmmaking teams have only 5 days to write, shoot, edit-and screen a film based on stories from eight local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams know anything about the stories before they are presented. Interested in acting? READ MORE

    Help us pick our 2015 Themes

    September 26th, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    We are putting together the 2015 season of SpeakeasyDC’s 2nd Tuesday monthly. Find out how you can vote and help pick our 2015 show themes READ MORE

    SpeakeasyShorts winner Retirement Featured in Washington Post

    September 19th, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    DC Shorts’ and SpeakeasyDC’s innovative mash-up of storytelling and film - will return for the third time to the Burke Theater at the US Navy Memorial this fall. This collaboration recently attracted the attention of Washington Post blogger Clint Yates. READ MORE

    Calling All Suckers

    September 15th, 2014 By Stephanie Garibaldi

    Now’s Your Chance to Become a Sucker! Valentines Day 2015 is a mere 150 days away, and that means we are looking for stories for our signature, powerhouse Valentine's Day specialty show Sucker for Love (SFL). SEDC Storycoach and Sucker for Love Director Stephanie Garibaldi shares a little background on how to succesfully pitch your story for one of the biggest shows of the year. READ MORE

    UK Dispatch #2

    August 24th, 2014 By Amy Saidman

    Well hello good people of the Americas! I’m back from the UK and it was an amazing trip! Given that Jeffrey and I were completely wankered the entire time, I don’t remember much. I’m kidding. I hardly drank because I was too busy shagging sexy British storytellers.  Well… that’s not true, either. My trip was actually rather wholesome. Oh well. READ MORE

    An ESL Teacher reflects on her SpeakeasyDC experience

    August 20th, 2014 By Allison Kirsch

    A group of English as a second language students from the Washington English Center joined SpeakeasyDC for our 2nd Tuesday Show at Town Danceboutique based on the theme of Crimes and Misdemeanors. ESL teacher Allison Kirsch reflects on the experience here.

    Pitch your story for Speakeasy Shorts

    August 7th, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    SpeakeasyDC and DC Shorts are excited to announce the return of Speakeasy Shorts. In its third year, SpeakeasyShorts is a unique competition invented by SpeakeasyDC and DC Shorts that brings together the two art forms of live storytelling and filmmaking. Get the details on telling your story, joining a film team and more. READ MORE

     

    UK Dispatch #1

    July 29th, 2014 By Amy Saidman
    UK Dispatch #1

    The last time I was in London, Bill Clinton was president and Tony Blair was the prime minister. And it was Christmas, so it was cold and nothing was open. I spent most of my time eating peanut butter sandwiches in my friend’s dorm room. I’m expecting this trip to be a step up. READ MORE

    Help us pick our themes!

    July 21st, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    We need your help! We are currently exploring themes for our upcoming season. If you have an idea, a topic, or theme to for a show-- we would love to hear it. Tweet us @SpeakeasyDC or use #SEDCthemes to share your suggestion. READ MORE

    SpeakeasyDC is recruiting new Board members!

    May 20th, 2014 By Rachael Wilcox
    SpeakeasyDC is recruiting new Board members!

    SpeakeasyDC is recruiting new Board members! It’s springtime and everywhere around us is new growth and energy – SpeakeasyDC is no exception!  As an organization, we are thriving and we are looking for new Board members to support our growth! We’re looking for people from our community of storytellers, volunteers, and devoted audience members to join our Board and actively contribute to taking SpeakeasyDC to the next level.

    Tour de Telling $500 Challenge

    May 12th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich

    Here is a look at the teams as they enter the final stretch. The race continues to shift as we enter the final stretch! And everything could change with "Free for All for $500!" This is a big one! SpeakeasyDC SUPER supporter/volunteer Joan Susie will contribute $500 to the team that raises the most funds between now and the Closing Party. Every dollar teams raise from their current totals could earn you a $500 bonus. With the race as close as it is, $500 could leap-frog teams over all the other competitors. much as the teams over all the other competitors. Please RSVP today for the Closing Party and Silent Auction May 18 at the Boardroom, 1737 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009.

    Tour de Telling Week 4 Powering On

    May 5th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich
    Tour de Telling Week 4 Powering On

    Week 4 still has Tattle Tales solidly in the lead, but the other teams are building on their surges from last week. Find out the latest in #2014TDT.

    Tour de Telling The Long Climb Week 4

    May 1st, 2014 By Meredith Maslich

    On a tough series of climbs #TDT2014 teams are rallying forward. From brunches to U-street Gala's find out what our teams are doing to get themelves over the top.

    Tour de Telling: Why are we here?

    April 30th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich
    Tour de Telling: Why are we here?

    So what is this whole Storytelling thing? SpeakeasyDC 101 alum and Top Shelf Story Teller Allison Burg shares what SpeakeasyDC means to her.

    Tour de Telling Week 3

    April 28th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich

    Week three brings more excitement as the Tattle Tales continue to DOMINATE the competition. Other teams are hot on their heel. Kratos and the Enforcer brought in nearly $500 with a single event. They have a bit more work to do but with moves like that in their back pocket it is still very much anyone’s race to win!

    Tour de Telling Week 2 Shout Outs

    April 24th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich

    Week 2 is rapidly coming to a close, and we're ready to give out another prize to this week's highest donor, which will go to Rosie Tong, with a $250 donation made to the Tattle Tales! Rosie has won a $25 gift certificate to Mad Hatter, which pairs nicely with the $25 gift certificate that he son John Tong won on Monday he's the captain of the Tattle Tales who remain solidly in the lead. Read 

    Tour de Telling Events

    April 22nd, 2014 By Amy Saidman
    Tour de Telling Events

    In this year's Tour de Telling Spring fundraiser, there are five teams competing to raise the most money for SpeakeasyDC. Each team will employ a variety of strategies for raising the funds, including throwing a bunch of events and YOU are invited. Below is a list of upcoming events.  READ MORE

    Tour de Telling Week 2 Round the Bend

    April 21st, 2014 By Meredith Maslich

    We are starting the second week of Tour de Telling and the Tattle Tales are holding firm on the lead with $1960 raised so far! And that means that they are once again the recipients of this week's prize, provided by this week's Tour de Telling sponsor: Mad Hatter. The Tattle Tales will receive a $25 gift certificate to Mad Hatters, to add to their $25 gift certificate to Lillies that they won last week.

    Tour de Telling Week 1 Wrap Up

    April 17th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich

    The first week of Tour de Telling has been really exciting as the teams start to schedule their events and the trash talk heats up on Facebook. The best part has been the donations just flowing in, and we wanted to take a second and reward the week's highest donor with a prize! Anne Thomas, a member of the Tattle Tales is our highest donor in our opening week with a donation of $500!! That was not only a great kick start to her team's success, but to the whole race as well. Thank you for your donation Anne!!

     

    First week of Tour de Telling 2014

    April 14th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich
    First week of Tour de Telling 2014

    It's the end of the first week of Tour de Telling 2014 and what a great start to the race its been! All of the teams are on the board right out of the gate thanks to 100% participation in the bake sale at the April 8th 2nd Tuesday show. But Team Tattle Tale is out in front with a commanding lead, raising a total of $1599.40 as of 10am Monday April 14. And as a result of being in the lead, the Tattle Tales have won a $25 gift certificate to Lillies Restaurant and Bar in Woodly Park.  Read More

    Not your typical DC meeting: Spring 2014 Tour de Telling Launch

    March 25th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich
    Not your typical DC meeting: Spring 2014 Tour de Telling Launch

    Former Board Member, Storyteller extraordinaire Jeffrey Brady reflects on his experience with Tour de Telling You are invited to meet Jeffery and learn all about Tour de Telling at the launch party April 2nd, 7pm at Acre 121 (1400 Irving Street NW near the Columbia Heights Metro). Please RSVP via Facebook here or non Facebook users click here. Here's what Jeffery had to say about his experience as part of TdT  READ MORE

     

    Are you ready for Tour de Telling?

    March 12th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich
    Are you ready for Tour de Telling?

    We are excited to launch our second annual Tour de Telling (#TdT2014) spring fundraising campaign on April 8, 2014. So what’s the deal with Tour de Telling? The short answer is it's a friendly team competition for storytellers and friends to raise money to support SpeakeasyDC. Structured as a virtual bike race. Teams of up to six people compete to raise money pretty much anyway they want, including, but definitely not limited to, bakes sales, happy hours, five-course sit-down dinners, pledge drives, gold fish eating contests (Ok not so much that last one. There are some limits!). Read More...

    Welcome Ben!

    February 24th, 2014 By Amy Saidman
    Welcome Ben!

    Bring out the cigars (or your hipster e-cigarettes), it's time to celebrate! Our new Program Coordinator, Ben Thomas, just started today, and he's already making fun of me. Good sign? Not sure, but I'm optimistic. We were incredibly lucky to have so many talented and smart people apply for this job. Ben was our first choice because he seems ready to help us take over the world (as is our secret master plan, obvi).  READ MORE

    SpeakeasyDC is hiring (applications are no longer being accepted)

    January 23rd, 2014 By Amy Saidman
    SpeakeasyDC is hiring (applications are no longer being accepted)

    We are SOOOO sad to see our beloved Sheri Macatangay leave, but she's off to start an exciting new life in San Francisco. Sheri was the first person to take the position of Program Coordinator at SEDC back in April 2012.  I am lucky that she was the first person to take this job, because it was also the first time I had ever had an "employee" to manage. She handled my trial-and-error method with grace and patience. She learned the job quickly and embraced the mission and the community with enthusiasm and sincerity. Read more

    SpeakeasyDC is hiring (applications are no longer being accepted)

    January 23rd, 2014 By Amy Saidman
    SpeakeasyDC is hiring (applications are no longer being accepted)

    We are SOOOO sad to see our beloved Sheri Macatangay leave, but she's off to start an exciting new life in San Francisco. Sheri was the first person to take the position of Program Coordinator at SEDC back in April 2012.  I am lucky that she was the first person to take this job, because it was also the first time I had ever had an "employee" to manage. She handled my trial-and-error method with grace and patience. She learned the job quickly and embraced the mission and the community with enthusiasm and sincerity. Read more

    SpeakeasyShorts 2013 Film Challenge Recap

    December 1st, 2013 By Amy Saidman
    SpeakeasyShorts 2013 Film Challenge Recap

    SpeakeasyShorts is a new type of film competition – a collaboration between filmmakers and storytellers. Eight filmmaking teams have only 5 days to write, shoot, edit-and screen a film based on stories from eight local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams know anything about the stories before they are presented. Read more

    Speakeasy Storycast #48—John Tong: Put a Ring on It

    September 19th, 2013 By Amy Saidman
    Speakeasy Storycast #48—John Tong: Put a Ring on It

    I sat down with John Tong and my good friend Jessi Baden and we got to hear lots more about his romantic failures, his childhood fame, and his love of karaoke, among other things. Listen to his live perforamance then sit in on our conversation.  You can subscribe to the Speakeasy Storycast thru iTunes, download the Stitcher Radio app, or add this link to your RSS feed http://speakeasystorycast.com/rss.  To bring a SpeakeasyDC show and/or workshop to your town, email info@speakeasydc.org.

    Behind the Scenes of the Solo Show “No More Helen Keller Jokes”

    September 18th, 2013 By Anne Thomas
    Behind the Scenes of the Solo Show “No More Helen Keller Jokes”

    I told friends for the past 2 years “I want to do a one woman show.”  I had a vague idea about what I wanted the show to be about, but I wasn’t clear on how to approach it.  Do I come up with a theme first? Do I cobble together the stories I’ve already done and see if there is a natural story arc?  Can I use stories I’ve done before or will people get bored? I received all kinds of advice, but I have learned that for me there is only one way that works: I have to start writing.  I just have to do it and see what comes out and then seek lots of feedback. Read more

    Crank & Groove, Part II

    September 13th, 2013 By Amy Saidman
    Crank & Groove, Part II

    I heard my first go go beat in 1996… at a Jewish summer camp. I’m not kidding. I was a counselor at a Jewish summer camp (Habonim homies – holla!) and, at this camp, we have a ritual after almost every meal. As the dishes are collected, everyone starts to sing. But we don’t just sing, we shout and stand on the chairs, pound on the tables, and stomp our feet. It’s a kind of organized mayhem. In this particular year, there were threespeakeasy gogo4x6 guys – Benjie Porecki, Doug Silverman, and Matt Selig – who would start pounding out a go go beat on the tables. When I first heard it, I was like, what is that? I didn’t know it at the time, but I had fallen in love with go go. Read more

    Crank & Groove!

    September 11th, 2013 By Amy Saidman
    Crank & Groove!

    Guest post by Jess Solomon

    For the past two weeks I’ve been having those “How did I get here?!” moments. I imagine it’s the gut reaction most builders of things have when speakeasy gogo4x6they reflect on a nearly finished work.

    We are a few days out from opening night of Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story and instead of looking down from the perch of the director’s chair I find myself sitting in circles with the cast; rather an ensemble of brilliant Go-Go practitioners, griots and lovers of the music and culture. My teachers. From the very beginning, this production has been rooted in collaboration, improvisation and a little scrappiness. Read more

    Speakeasy Storycast #46 — Karen Lee: Footnotes

    September 9th, 2013 By Amy Saidman
    Speakeasy Storycast #46 — Karen Lee: Footnotes

    Episode #46: Karen Lee tells a true story about a crush gone awry. Hear more

    Turning Over A New Leaf

    September 9th, 2013 By Meredith Maslich

    The topic of this month’s open mic show is perfect for September – because isn’t the start of the school year really a time for renewal, upheaval and radical change? Read more

    Breaking Free

    August 12th, 2013 By Meredith Maslich
    Breaking Free

    Guest post by Lisa King

    Holidays are the worst right after you get divorced. Everything reminds you of traditions you don’t have or places you don’t go anymore. My ex wasn’t a big fan of turkey dinner, so for Thanksgiving, I would cook a prime rib roast at his parents’ who lived about 15 minutes away.  Family and friends would gather for a day of watching the Macy’s parade, football, and eating. Read more

    Speakeasy Storycast #45 — Elissa Laura: Backseat Driver

    August 5th, 2013 By Amy Saidman

    Episode #45 of SpeakeasyDC’s podcast features a story by and conversation with Elissa Laura about a teachable moment with her over-protective father. Read, hear & watch more

    Tour de Telling’s First Prize Unlocked!

    April 12th, 2013 By Meredith Maslich

    Our first ever Tour de Telling - our virtual bike race fundraiser - kicked off with much fan fare and fun at April’s Second Tuesday show at Town. In addition to a bake sale to support the teams, each team gave a 60 second pitch for support. There were costumes, there were props, there was even flying candy. The efforts of the teams paid off – in less than 48 hours the teams have raised a combined total of more than $1600! Read more

    Lend your voice to the DC Council to increase arts funding!

    April 8th, 2013 By Amy Saidman

    April 9th is the National Arts Advocacy Day and on that day, we will let the Council members know that we need them to increase the Mayor’s budget for the arts. SpeakeasyDC has applied for eight grants this year and has yet to receive any funding from the city despite the fact that we were one of five nominees for the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts. Read more

    Speakeasy Storycast #44 — Katy Barrett: Most Improved

    April 5th, 2013 By Amy Saidman
    Speakeasy Storycast #44 — Katy Barrett: Most Improved

    Episode #44 of SpeakeasyDC’s podcast features a story by and conversation with Katy Barrett about trapeze lessons and chimpanzees. Read, hear & watch more

    Speakeasy Storycast #43 — Mike Kane: 10th and Lombard

    March 22nd, 2013 By Amy Saidman

    Episode #43 of SpeakeasyDC’s podcast features a story by and conversation with Mike Kane about two art students who go head-to-head on the basketball court. Read, hear & watch more