Storytelling 101-Mar 3
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    Storytelling 101:
    Five weeks w/final performance

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    Classes - Mt Vernon United Methodist Church

    • Monday Mar 3 - Apr 7
      7pm – 10pm
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    This class runs from Monday, Mar 3 through Monday, April 7, 2014 from 7-10pm. Please click the schedule tab for more detail. 

    SpeakeasyDC's Storytelling 101 is an intensive five-week course that will take you step-by-step through the process of how to identify and talk about meaningful narrative events in your life in a way that is entertaining and inspiring to the audience. These stories are personal, heartfelt, and demand that the storyteller be honest with yourselelf and an audience. Through a combination of theory and practice and a focus on tangible outcomes, you will leave this class with an understanding of narrative structure, several story ideas, and a single performance-ready story that will debut at the final performance.

    The 6:1 teacher-student ratio allows for a great deal of individual attention and is a reflection of our commitment to the success of each student.  Students who join the class come from varied backgrounds and have different goals and applications. Some hope to perform on a SpeakeasyDC stage, others have found storytelling useful in the work they do, and others just enjoy the creative process and the community.  SpeakeasyDC's teachers are sincerely some of the best and most experienced in the nation, and have coached hundreds of people through this process of personal growth and discovery and will do the same for you.

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    Refund Policy

    SpeakeasyDC does not give refunds (full or partial) for voluntary withdrawal from the class. There are limited slots in the class so that we may give sufficient attention to each student. Because of this, we typically have to turn people away. Should you choose to withdraw, we will have a vacancy that we can no longer fill.

    Stephanie Garibaldi


    Stephanie Garibaldi is SpeakeasyDC's most senior teacher (which does not make her old, just wise). She curates and coaches everyone on SpeakeasyDC'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!

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    Adam Ruben


    Adam Ruben is a writer, comedian, storyteller, and molecular biologist. A two-time Top Shelf winner before joining SpeakeasyDC’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" and is the author of "Surviving Your Stupid Stupid Descision to Go to Grad School." Learn more at

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    Week 1
    • Mon Mar 3

      Class 1

      Fnding story material + understanding story structure

      Mt Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave
      7pm - 10pm
    Week 2
    • Tues Mar 11

      No Class - Comp to SEDC show

      Use your free ticket to SpeakeasyDC's 2nd Tuesday Storytelling Series at Town. See Show Calendar for details

      Mt Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave
      7pm - 10pm
    Week 3
    • Mon Mar 17

      Class 2

      Crafting your story + developing characters

      Mt Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave, Washington, DC
    Week 4
    • Mon Mar 24

      Class 3

      Editing + polishing

      Mt Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave, Washington, DC
    Week 5
    • Mon Mar 31

      Class 4

      Practicing your story + Reviewing performance technique

      Town Danceboutique 2009 8th St, NW, Washington, DC
    Week 6
    • Mon Apr 7

      Final Showcase

      This is your chance to try your story out on a friendly invite-only audience of friends and family.  

    • Where

      Classes - Mt Vernon United Methodist Church
      Classes - Mt Vernon United Methodist Church 900 Mass Ave NW, WDC
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      Final Showcase - Tropicalia
      Final Showcase - Tropicalia 2001 14th St NW, WDC Entrance is on U St, downstairs. Next to/Below Subway.
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    • When

      Monday Mar 3 - Apr 7

      7pm – 10pm