Category Archive: Deep Thoughts from the Director

    A love letter to 2015 and the last 10 years

    January 11th, 2016 By Amy Saidman

    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

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

    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]

    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

    UK Dispatch #1

    July 29th, 2014 By Amy Saidman

    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

    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

    Mayor’s Arts Awards Part 2

    September 19th, 2012 By Amy Saidman

    We didn’t win. But, it’s ok, because we’re all champions. No really, it’s ok. I mean, we knew it would be hard to beat out our competition: Art Enables, FotoDC,  Life Pieces to Masterpieces, and Post-Classical Ensemble.   In the end, it was Art Enables who took the day.  Hard to beat a group that gives adults with developmental disabilities resources and support to become visual artists and exhibit and sell their work. Read more

    Mayor’s Arts Awards Part 1

    September 12th, 2012 By Amy Saidman

    I’ll admit it. I’m excited. I’m excited that we are a finalist for the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards in the category of Innovation in the Arts.  I was over-the-moon the day I got notice of our nomination. And on that day, I thought and said to others (with earnest sincerity), “This is awesome. I don’t care if we win. Being nominated is enough.” But dammit, the closer we get to the actual awards, the more I’m fantasizing about walking on stage to accept our award and making a grand speech. Read more

    Pitch Your Stories!

    September 4th, 2012 By Amy Saidman

    We need YOU! Yes you, you gorgeous people with fascinating, sweet, hilarious, and unbelievable life experiences that you want to share on stage in front of a room full of strangers. Read more

    Update From The Director

    August 7th, 2012 By Amy Saidman

    If there were an emoticon to show me jumping up and down, I’d use it. (Would you know what I meant if I said JUAD?). Why? Because we have so many jump-worthy things in the works for the next few months/year. For starters, we are a finalist for the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards! (This is when I break dance on my head with a sassy cross-legged finish). After three prior attempts, we are finally getting this recognition. Mark your calendars for September 13 and plan to be at the Lincoln Theatre in your best Academy-Awards-outfit to see us (possibly) accept an award. Either way, you should come because we will either want to celebrate our win or we’ll need support while we commiserate our loss. Read more

    Confessions of a Desperate Fundraiser

    June 5th, 2012 By Amy Saidman

    I’m about to say all the wrong things. Read more

    New Podcast Episodes… Finally!!

    May 1st, 2012 By Amy Saidman

    After an embarrassingly long hiatus, I’m thrilled to report that we have been working on new podcast episodes. By “we”, I mean me and our new producer, Emily Friedman (who you may hear on WAMU from time to time). By “hiatus” I mean…. um… almost exactly two whole years. Sad, I know… but let’s not dwell on the past because the future is looking bright and exciting. Read more

    The Agony and The Ecstasy of Telling the Truth

    April 3rd, 2012 By Amy Saidman

    There has been a lot of conversation in the media and the theater world about Mike Daisey’s performance of the Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs and the discovery that it contains a considerable amount of fabricated information. The questions being debated: Does it matter? What is the obligation of the storyteller to adhere to the truth? Are the rules different for journalism and theater? If the story inspires action towards a greater good, does that make it acceptable? Read more

    Welcome to SpeakeasyDC’s Blog!

    March 19th, 2012 By Amy Saidman

    If I were a Muppet, I’d be one part Animal and one part Statler (or Waldorf). I’m either as excited as a kid on Christmas or an insufferable crank voicing disdain for all things large and small.

    When it comes to blogs, I was the latter: “I don’t get it. Who has time? Read more