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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Rating: 5 stars  

I've taken two Speakeasy workshops and been on stage twice. Speakeasy coaches have given me great advice and tools on how to craft a meaningful story that is worth telling. In the process, I've made great new friends and heard some amazing stories by amazing storytellers. Speakeasy is certainly a unique DC organization that I'm grateful to have stumbled upon when I moved here a couple years ago.

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

my ability to craft and perform a good story.

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

spread the word.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I attended "Logic, Luck, and Love" for your first Valentine's Day as a married couple.

It was the perfect evening - edgy, funny, touching. We hope to see many more of these shows in the future!

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

My local community.

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

Offer more performances

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm an English teacher who took a Speakeasydc course to help with my curriculum story telling unit. The experience did far more than enrich my teaching. It was a deeply meaningful time that sold me forever on the almost sacred act of sharing true stories. A very talented and professional staff.

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

...in my teaching and life. I've given a story telling workshop to middle school students and have become a braver, more skilled story teller.

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

Can't think of a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I would recommend Speakeasy DC for a great night out or to anyone who has ever wondered how to tell a story. I was introduced to the monthly format a couple of years ago when it was at the old location. Every show is well organized and professionally produced. I was inspired to take their storytelling bootcamp as well. What a rewarding experience!

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

the storytelling bootcamp

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

NONE!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to my first SpeakEasy event and heard absolutely fantastic stories about totally normal life events. I laughed. I cried. I wanted to be on stage. So I participating in their storytelling 101 boot camp--it was fantastic. To help people tell their stories and cut through the crap to bring out a narrative amidst the mundane is so valuable.

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

Becoming a better storyteller.

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

Make it bigger! They should be working with every public school in Washington DC.

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Rating: 5 stars  

had heard lots about speakeasy and whenever i tried to attend, they were sold out! finally got in and was amazed at the quality of material and organization of the show. met the director amy, who is just amazing. she was searching for bigger venues to accomodate the ever growing audiences and she found the perfect venue. i tell all my friends to go to each speakeasy and love to repeat the stories i heard. amy is super organized and has the speakeasy group appearing in every possible venue (aka fringefest), constantly bringing more lovers of speakeasy into the fold. she has top notch staff to keep the on-line stories and info up to date, video folks, volenteers, especially performers, teachers,you name it~all fabulous and totally top notch. i am happy to be a donor and supporter of this most orginal group. truely a gem in washington dc where the usual entertainment fare can be so hoo-humm. i am also amazed at how each show crosses all socio-ecomonic, racial, age...all demographics are represented and there are so few places where that happens in such a wonderfully creative yet organized way~LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SPEAKEASY!

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

repeated wonderful shows, i don't think i have missed one in 2 years...even in the snow!

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

give them more funding, i know they are working the hell out of their dedicated volenteers

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Rating: 5 stars  

SpeakeasyDC rocks! I attended one of their performances on Valentine's day, which was thoroughly entertaining, drop-dead funny, and quite inexpensive. Great organization: I would recommend them to anyone!

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

the art form.

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

encourage them to keep up the great work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

SpeakeasyDC rocked my world. I was loosely calling myself a creative writer, with no aspirations to get up in front of a room full of people (thought of it made my stomach turn inside out and all pores commence sweating), when I signed up for Storytelling 101 in order to improve my writing skills.

The curriculum and instructors taught me how to not only relay my stories to connect with an audience better and evoke emotion, suspense, excitement, etc...they also taught me, through baby steps, how to have the confidence to get up in front of people and share, overcoming, at least in the moment, the insane nerves and nausea.

Beyond that, SpeakeasyDC has brought new supportive/funny/interesting friends into my life and welcomed me into a new community.

I enjoyed the class and continue to enjoy the salons and performances, as well as the improvement in my writing and public speaking.

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

My writing, public speaking sills and friendships.

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

Not change anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SpeakeasyDC has exposed me to the wonderful world of storytelling. It is not just telling stories, it is sharing a part of a person's life experiences. The warm and friendly atmosphere is always welcoming to all who attend the shows.

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

experiencing a new genre

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

Speakeasy DC, to the best of my knowledge has never done anything about homelessness, poverty, disease, or substance abuse. In fact*, they may actually encourage alcoholism, because its so much fun to drink at their shows. They have not furthered humankind's understanding of the universe, supported scientific discovery or even enven encouraged a child to participate in the science fair. In fact*, they told him it was for nerds. Yet, this is my favorite non-profit in DC. I can't really justify all the money that I think you should give them, so check out a show and see for yourself.
* - not a fact.

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

I originally thought Speakeasy DC was one of those "secret" bars in DC. I kept saying the password loudly, but no one cared. The show was really good, though.

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

Maybe fix the latch on the stall in the men's room.

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