Five weeks w/final performance
Classes - Mt Vernon United Methodist Church
Tuesday Oct 21 - Dec 2
This class runs from Tuesday, October 21 through Tuesday, December 2, 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 yourself 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.
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.
Storyteller and actor, Kevin Boggs has coached hundreds of individuals since becoming part of the SpeakeasyDC faculty in 2008. He "comes by storytelling naturally" since he grew up in Jonesborough, TN, the home of the National Storytelling Festival. His solo show -- & Afterwards -- was a popular and critical success at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival and he brings a sensibility to his teaching that helps each person tap into what will resonate most deeply with their audience.
Amy Couchoud has been directing, coaching and teaching with SpeakeasyDC since 2007. Her directing credits for SpeakeasyDC 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 SpeakeasyDC’s annual Top Shelf show. Prior to joining SpeakeasyDC, 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.
Tue Oct 21
Finding story material + understanding story structureMt Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave 7pm - 10pm
Tue Oct 28
Crafting your story + developing charactersMt Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave 7pm - 10pm
Tues Nov 4
Editing + polishingMt Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave, Washington, DC
- Tues Nov 11
Tue Nov 18
Practicing your story + Reviewing performance techniqueMt Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave, Washington, DC
Tue Dec 2
This is your chance to try your story out on a friendly invite-only audience of friends and family.TBD
WhereClasses - Mt Vernon United Methodist Church 900 Mass Ave NW, WDC + DirectionsFinal Showcase - TBD
Tuesday Oct 21 - Dec 2