Pitch Your Story

    Pitch your story at least six weeks before show of choice. For 2nd Tuesday shows at Town, there is one rehearsal about about two weeks prior to show (mandatory). Other shows may have auditions and require multiple rehearsals. If you are pitching for a 2nd Tues show, use this link and find the theme in the dropdown menu. For other shows, scroll to the specific links listed below.

    See list of upcoming shows

    October 28 - "Going Commando" at the Bentzen Ball at National Geographic
    Stories about roughing it, getting dirty, and flying without a net
    Pitch line closes: September 4
    Cast confirmed by: September 15

    Pitch your story here

    November  3 - Real to Reel at Miracle Theatre with DC Shorts
    See your story made into a film in this 5-day contest (Films screened on Nov 10) *No specific theme. Stories can be about anything
    Pitch line closes: August 30, 2017
    Cast confirmed by: September 12

    Pitch your story here

    In its fifth year, Real to Reel (Formerly Speakeasyshorts) is a unique competition invented by Story District and DC Shorts that brings together the two art forms of live storytelling and filmmaking. Eight stories will be performed live on November 3, 2017. Each story will be paired randomly with a film team that, after hearing the stories for the first time, will have only 5 days to write, shoot, and edit a film-adaptation or re-interpretation of the story. Films premiere on November 9. The audience votes for their favorites. The winning team and storytellers walk away with a cash prize.  See stories and films from 2012 -2014 a HERE

    October 10 - If They Could See Me Now at Town Danceboutique
    Stories about coming out on top and getting the last laugh
    Pitch line closes: September 1, 2017
    Confirmation email will be sent by Sept 3, 2017
    Rehearsal Date: September 17, 2017
    Pitch your story here (use dropdown menu to specify theme of choice)

    November 14 - Nom Nom Nom at Town Danceboutique
    Stories about food and festivities
    Pitch line closes: October 5, 2017
    Confirmation email will be sent by Oct 8, 2017
    Rehearsal Date: October 22, 2017
    Pitch your story here (use dropdown menu to specify theme of choice)

    December 12 - Home for the Holidays at Town Danceboutique
    Stories about returns and reunions
    Pitch line closes: Nov.1, 2017
    Confirmation email will be sent by Nov 2, 2017
    Rehearsal Date: November 12, 2017
    Pitch your story here (use dropdown menu to specify theme of choice)

    December 19 - My So Called Jewish Life at Sixth & I

    All pitches must be received by August 20.
    Auditions will take place on August 22*.
    Casting decisions will be shared by Sept 6.
    Show will take place on December 19.

    Pitch your story here

    Got an idea for show or theme? Email Story District

    How to make a good story pitch

    Your story must be true, must be told in the first-person, and must incorporate the show's theme. Be sure that your story is a story, not a speech, lecture, stand-up routine, or sermon. Be sure the pitch puts your story in a time and place. Help us understand what is at stake -- what matters -- in this story. Please speak with your natural voice in a conversational tone when leaving your voice recording for the second part of your pitch. We want to hear your natural voice. Visit Story District's YouTube channel and watch stories from any of our Top Shelf shows.