Teachers and Private Coaching
Story District offers five different storytelling classes at different levels. In each, we convey the art of storytelling in a way that will help you develop your narrative, connect with an audience, and successfully convey your unique perspective. Together, our professional staff has taught thousands of individuals and conducted trainings with organizations in the DC metro area and around the country.
Story District's teachers may also be hired for one-on-one coaching in person, over the phone, or using internet video such as Skype to empower individuals, professionals, executives and leaders to be dynamic communicators.
Amy Couchoud has been directing, coaching and teaching with Story District since 2007. Her directing credits for Story District include the sold-out runs of Chocolate Jesus, Chocolate Jesus: The Resurrection, The Sin Show and Bad Mommy Moments. Other storytelling credits include Logic, Luck and Love (co-director) and fellow teacher Joseph Price’s one many show Operating System (director). She was the co-creator and director of e-Geaux (beta). Amy is the co-producer of Story District’s annual Top Shelf show. Prior to joining Story District, Amy was a professional theatre artist who worked at Studio Theatre, Studio Theatre Secondstage, Folger Shakespeare Library and Arena Stage. She is a former faculty member of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.
Katy Barrett is a writer and storyteller whose been involved with Story District for four years. She's performed regularly on the 2nd Tuesday stage,and was selected to perform in Top Shelf 2013. Other storytelling credits include: Story Showdown, Unraveled, Atonement, Swimming Upstream, Into the Wild, and Risk!: So Emotional. She also co-directed My So Called Jewish Life and Unhinged. Her stories have been featured on Story District's podcast and in The Washington Post.
Stephanie Garibaldi is Story District's most senior teacher (which does not make her old, just wise). She curates and directs Story District's 2nd Tuesday monthly stage, and over the last eight years, she has personally coached more than 1,000 people in the art of contemporary storytelling. What?! It's true... this woman has no threshold when it comes to her love of storytelling!
Meredith Maslich has introduced hundreds of people to the art of storytelling since joining the Story District faculty in 2008. She has led storytelling workshops for sales people and has experience in professional development for organizations like the Meyer Foundation and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Meredith runs Possibilities Publishing and was formerly Story District's board president.+ Learn more
Vijai Nathan is one of Story District's senior storytelling trainers and performers, and she is one of the leading Indian American female comedians. She was featured at the Montreal International Comedy Festival and the Smirnoff International Comedy Festival. She's also performed at the Smithsonian Museum, Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall, Library of Congress and won the award for Artistic Excellence from Story District. She’s gained attention from critics from her solo-shows Woman on Top: Tips from Mom, Dad & COSMO & Good Girls Don’t, But Indian Girls Do.
Joseph Price is a storyteller, playwright, and producer. His Story District credits include The Sin Show, Sucker for Love, and more than a dozen appearances on the 2nd Tuesday stage. He specializes in story structure and mixed media and many of his personal works focus on integrating performance and technology. His one-man show, Operating System, blended first-person storytelling with raw data and e-Geaux (beta) , incorporated live audience Facebook profiles into "social media improv" that was featured on NPR's All Things Considered.
Adam Ruben is a writer, comedian, storyteller, and molecular biologist. A two-time Top Shelf winner before joining Story District’s teaching staff in 2013, Adam has taught an undergraduate stand-up comedy class at Johns Hopkins for ten years. He currently co-hosts the Science Channel’s “Outrageous Acts of Science.”+ Learn more
Amy SaidmanExecutive Storytelling Coach
Amy Saidman, Artistic Executive Director of Story District, has been the driving force behind the growth of storytelling as a performance genre in Washington, DC and regionally. Called DC's "matriarch of storytelling", she's been running Story District's programs, telling stories, hosting, inventing new ways to present storytelling, building relationships with other local arts and culture groups, and spreading the gospel since 2001. She began coaching and teaching storytelling in 2006 and, along with the Story District teaching staff, has developed a curriculum and pedagogy for teaching the art of storytelling that includes more than five different classes at different levels and customized trainings for corporate, government, and nonprofit clients.