Storytelling 101-May 19, 2015
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    Storytelling 101: Five weeks w/final performance

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    Classes - Mount Vernon UMC

    • Tuesday May 19 - Jun 23
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    This class runs from Tuesday, May 19 through Tuesday, June 23, 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 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.

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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.

    Vijai Nathan


    Vijai Nathan is one of SpeakeasyDC'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 SpeakeasyDC. "Woman on Top: Tips from Mom, Dad & COSMO"  and  "Good Girls Don’t, But Indian Girls Do."

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    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.

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    Week 1
    • Tue May 19

      Class 1

      Finding story material + understanding story structure

      Mt Vernon United Methodist Church 900 Mass Ave NW,
      7pm - 10pm
    Week 2
    • Tue May 26

      Class 2

      Crafting your story + developing characters

      Mt Vernon United Methodist Church 900 Mass Ave NW, WDC
      7pm - 10pm
    Week 3
    • Tue June 2

      Class 3

      Editing & Polishing

      Mt Vernon United Methodist Church 900 Mass Ave NW, WDC
    Week 4
    • Tue June 9

      Field Trip

      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
    • Tue June 16

      Class 4

      Practicing your story + Reviewing performance technique

      Town Danceboutique 2009 8th St, NW, Washington, DC
    Week 6
    • Tue June 23

      Final Showcase

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