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February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

I saw a storytelling show last spring, and really enjoyed it. My friends encouraged me to give open mic storytelling a try, and I really enjoyed it! Not only have I found a regular place to enjoy one of my favorite types of performance, but I've had the opportunity to participate too. I can't say enough about how great this organization is.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

speakeasy dc has made me a better public speaker, presenter and given me many many great nights of entertainment.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

two shows a month?

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

I've been to many of the performances and am always astounded at the clever story telling of the performers. It is apparent that the guidance and coaching they receive from Speakeasy staff enables them to have the confidence and skill to make the story lively.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Experiencing the different lives of others.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them go into high school to put on classes.

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I told a story at speakeasy DC last year, and it was a lot of fun. I wasn't naturally the greatest at it, but my story was true and they were super helpful at helping me hone it into something approaching entertaining. Every time I've been back since I am amazed by how well organized and diverse their organization is--they are a great asset to the community, and the only thing like it in DC.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have supported other storytelling events and thereby learned more about DC's rich history and current culture.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make them grow even more until they had events every week!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

This is by far one of my most favorite things to do in DC. The art of storytelling is one of importance that I don't think people think too much about. The stories are engaging, thought-provoking, humorous, and heartfelt. It's one of those events that seem to draw different types of crowds that are all there for one thing: to listen to the stories. This is a great organization led by passionate people that you just can't help want to get more involved.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their monthly shows. I've enjoyed each show I've attended. And their passion of the art of storytelling is always evident.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing. I think it's already great.

February 24, 2011

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February 24, 2011

I love SpeakeasyDC! I go there with friends all the time and I bring my out of town friends there too whenever they visit and it's always a hit.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The joy of a finding a community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More venues! More stories!

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

Storytelling is the heart of the communicative power of art. To do this well requires organizations like Speakeasy DC. Speakeasy DC garners appreciation in the oral tradition and human experience. It provides an avenue to learn the craft of narrative.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having a better understanding of creative oratory and narrative work.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more shows

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I attended the Valentine's Day show with my girlfriend and I was thoroughly entertained. I didn't know exactly what to expect since it was a surprise but I found the stories to be very engaging, sometimes invoking poignant regret and lots of reflection. I could identify myself as a person who vacillates between 'logic, luck, and love' throughout my 33 years. The show also provided a great conversation starter. Bravo to the cast. They were great!!!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Because I attended one of their shows and plan to do so again.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I went to the Valentine's Day show and had a wonderful time. Now I am looking for blind lesbian love.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

went to a show

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

The Speakeasy is an INCREDIBLE resource that I was so lucky to have stumbled upon. I am a middle school theatre teacher, and professional theatre performer/director. With a background in playwriting, and 15 years of experience, I was curious what the Storytelling 101 class would really have to 'offer' me that was new/fresh/interesting/compelling. Honestly, my school paid for it, so I went.
I was BLOWN away by several things.
1. The teaching staff (namely Kevin Boggs and Vijay Nathan) was warm, constructive, enthusiastic, and a WEALTH of experience, ideas, and information.
2. The format was packed, well structured, and challenging. This class really forces you to "do the work" and dig in. I found myself challenged mentally, time-wise, emotionally, and creatively. I loved it. The schedule of 5 weeks, including watching a pro performance, rehearsing our performance, and performing our stories, was well crafted and filled to the brink. I hate to waste my time, and the Speakeasy folks respect our time, money, and intelligence.
3. The "community". I found (without knowing I was looking for) a tribe. I found people from all walks of life comign together once a week for a few hours to share stories, make mistakes, and listen and support one another. I was excited and inspired by my classmates, I looked forward with great anticipation to each class, and I was truly, honestly, deeply moved by their performances. The "result"- sharing a well crafted, personal, and honest story with others was touching enough- but the process to get there- watching the story and the storyteller grow and arrive at art- was astounding.
4. The resources! They offer fantastic handouts that I was able to adjust to fit the needs of my students. The opportunity for one-on-one coaching just seems too generous- even in a class, the faculty really make you feel as though they are personally, deeply committed to your success.
Overall the class, the experience, and the artists have motivated me to continue to attend performances, take additional classes, make personal connections, and find my stories. What a gift this has been.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

...my classroom, my theatre world, and my interpersonal relationships with other DC folks!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...offer more sections? Truly- I don't believe I'd change anything about the class. The organization could offer more open mics, just because I enjoy them so much! More seating, since they always pack the house!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Email

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To "do the work". To find the time for self-exploration. To meet other DC people and share & celebrate. To be brave, bold, and fearless. To get back onstage!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 23, 2011

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February 23, 2011

I have watched SpeakEasy DC grow from a local unstructured open mike format to what it has become.....a premier event with educators and tutors to provide the public with a rare opportunity to tell your story with professional guidance. Any SpeakEasy DC event is professional, intersting, mostly humorous and the best bargain in town for a night out. Can't wait for the next show.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Uplifting the spirit and understanding our diverse culture

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of performances and extend their services to the corporate sector.

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