SpeakeasyDC

Rating: 4.9 stars   214 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 1525 Newton St, NW Washington DC 20010 USA

Mission: Through the art of autobiographical story performance, SpeakeasyDC (formerly Washington Storytellers Theatre) gives voice to the authentic experience of ordinary people, provides a creative outlet, builds community, and promotes cross-cultural understanding. We have a three-part mission: to produce high quality storytelling performances; provide extensive training and performance opportunities; and preserve the oral tradition, while experimenting with new definitions and expressions that speak to and enrich contemporary life.
Geographic areas served: DC, MD, VA
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 52-1710488
240-888-9751
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I've taken the storytelling 101 class as well as performed at open mic nights. It's a great organization that adds a unique and amazing addition to the DC culture/arts/performance scene.

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

the storytelling 101 class and open mic nights.

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

make the open mic nights earlier or change the location of the venue regularly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Thanks for your comments and suggestion. We try to keep costs affordable, but understand that means different things to different people. One way to save on costs is to volunteer. Check out our volunteer opportunities and let us know if you are interested. http://www.speakeasydc.com/support/volunteer/

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This was our first experience with SpeakeasyDC and we had a blast. We were invited by friends to attend and it was standing room only. The performers were hilarious. It was a combination of great story telling and stand up comedy. Each performer had honed their skill so it was truly a pleasure to listen and watch the performance. There were no "ums" and "ahs" as all were excellent at the craft of story telling. If they were nervous, it did not show. The theme of Valentines Day for sucker stories ranged from love unspoken to stalker love, to sexy love ("wrong hole, wrong hole") to the most wonderful of all - true love. The venue was great. A little bit of a dive, but thankfully NO smoking. We did not come home reeking which is always a pleasure. We will attend again and look forward to the next show!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the art of story telling at its best. It is wonderful to see that people can take a personal experience and then translate it for an audience and make it so enjoyable to listen to.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Really nice. I met Amy S. and felt I already knew something about her since I become a fan on facebook.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Thanks for your comments and suggestions. For those of you with a similar desire to see shows on weekends -- you're in luck. "Wetbacks, Aliens & Towelheads: Stories from the First Generation" will take place Friday, Feb 26 and Saturday, Feb 27. Also, we will have several weekend performance during the Capital Fringe Festival in July. We'll keep adding more.

Also... yes, we are looking for bigger venues. Feel free to send suggestions to info@speakeasydc.org. We would consider weekend matinees if we thought people would come. So, if anyone out there is interested, let us know.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

SpeakeasyDC fills my life with art and creativity. I like many other Washington DC residents spend most of my time working and thinking in a linear way. This organization helps you escape to a creative place where you can learn about other peoples lives and share your own. It has been a wonderful experience.

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

the enjoyment of the shows they produce and the opportunity to get on stage.

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

Just think of more ways to get people involved

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Writing my own stories and performing them

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people just like me who enjoy the art

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to video and audio in a larger way and reach out to more specific communities in are area

Ways to make it better...

- I just can't think of any way

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding for the arts

One thing I'd also say is that...

they have given me the gift of getting to perform and I am thankful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Thanks, Molly. We love you, too.

Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I'm amazed by all the local talent that come out to tell their stories each month. It was really evident when they had a show featuring guest performers from NYC one time. I was anticipating it to be awesome because they were from NYC and all... but by the end of the evening, I thought the DC crew by far blew them away.

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

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

turn DC into a pretty decent entertainment locale with bigger productions.

Ways to make it better...

the special events were held at a bigger venue. The last one I went to was standing-room only for over 2 hrs.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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We are always looking for bigger and more comfortable venues. Feel free to send suggestions to info@speakeasydc.org. Thanks for your comments and suggestion!