An Interview with Mike Boyd: Story District’s Co-Director of Out/Spoken
Any devoted Story District fan likely knows the name Mike Boyd. For those who don’t, Mike is a kind and creative individual who has served as a Story District director, volunteer, storyteller, board member and chair. His first introduction to Story District was through an invitation to a Second Tuesday Show where he was immediately hooked by the diversity of the storytellers and their inspiring stories.
Mike enrolled in the one day Story District Boot Camp and told his first story, a hilarious, enthralling tale about the time he spent an entire day at the White House in a bird costume!
This is Mike’s second year co-directing Story District’s 6th Annual Pride Show and tour: Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold, and Proud, True Stories Told thru an LGBT Lens with Story District’s Artistic Executive Director, Amy Saidman. A symbiotic pair; Amy takes the lead on all things artistic, while Mike works hard with his marketing skills on logistics. His expertise has come in handy on many occasions for the Story District crew--most recently last year, when he helped put together the name change from SpeakeasyDC to Story District. His skills are particularly suited to the 2016 production because this year the show is going on the road!
Out/Spoken is headed South, but begins right here in Washington, DC. Story District’s annual Pride Show is going to be held at the 9:30 Club on Saturday, June 4th. Nine fabulous DC storytellers will take to the stage, some for the first time! Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the show will hit two major southern cities. In October, the show will go to Atlanta, Georgia and in November to Birmingham, Alabama.
Hailing from the South, Mike spoke passionately about the importance of the show’s outreach to the South. His hope is for Out/Spoken to be not only a fun, thought provoking show, but also work to advocate for LGBTQ rights and captivate the new audiences. He also explained how The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) helped select the cities where the show will tour. HRC has a large steering committee and membership in Atlanta, so their visibility in the city guarantees deep outreach into the LGBTQ community.
Overall, Mike is extremely grateful to everyone who has pitched (and will pitch!) their stories for Out/Spoken. He explained that the casting process he and Amy go through is a delicate balance of unique, diverse, and captivating stories while also giving preference to first time performers. Mike is especially appreciative to the storytellers who will not get chosen this time, as he stressed how extremely brave and bold it is for anyone to tell their stories on stage and share their personal truth.
Stay tuned to the Story District website and social media for more Out/Spoken storytelling profiles and updates along the way. Get your tickets for the June 4th Out/Spoken show while they last, and tell all your friends down south that Story District’s Out/Spoken is headed their way!