Storytelling 101-July 20
    Details July 20

    Storytelling 101:
    5 week class w/final story performance

    Share +

    Classes - Mount Vernon UMC

    • Monday Jul 20 - Aug 24
    Add to Calendar

    This class runs from Monday, July 20 through Monday, August 24, 2015 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.

    Find out more from SpeakeasyDC's alumni

    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.

    Amy Couchoud


    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.

    + Read More + Read Less

    Stephanie Garibaldi


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

    + Read More + Read Less
    Week 1
    • Monday July 20

      Class 1

      Finding story material + understanding story structure

      Mount Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave NW Washington, DC
      7pm - 10pm
    Week 2
    • Monday July 27

      Class 2

      Crafting your story + developing characters

      Mount Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave NW Washington, DC
      7pm - 10pm
    Week 3
    • Monday Aug 3

      Class 3

      Editing + polishing

      Mount Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave NW Washington, DC
    Week 4
    • Tues Aug 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

      Town Danceboutique 2009 8th St, NW, Washington, DC
    Week 5
    • Monday Aug 17

      Class 4

      Practicing your story + Reviewing performance technique

      Mount Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave NW Washington, DC
    Week 6
    • Monday Aug 24

      Final Showcase

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

      Acre 121 1400 Irving St NW, Washington, DC 20010
    • Where

      Classes - Mount Vernon UMC
      Classes - Mount Vernon UMC 900 Mass Ave NW Washington, DC
      + Directions
      Final Showcase - Acre 121
      Final Showcase - Acre 121 1400 Irving St NW, DC Washington, DC
      + Directions
    • When

      Monday Jul 20 - Aug 24