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  

SpeakeasyDC coached me by phone to tell a story for one of the Peace Corps' 50th anniversary events. Amy did an amazing job of pinpointing key entry points for my story, key elements that brought out my motivation for telling the story, and appropriate opportunities for humor. SpeakeasyDC was also clear about the format and expectations for the event itself. It put me at easy and gave me confidence to tell my story well.
At the event, I enjoyed hearing other stories, and seeing the range of emotional responses elicited. It gave a good feeling for Peace Corps' range itself.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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During a Peace Corps-sponsored story telling presentation, the staff of SpeakEasyDC provided a considerable amount of instruction and constructive input to enhance my public-speaking skills. In a short period of time, I was able to stand before an audience of 60 people and tell a 10-minute story with the right amount of clarity, humor, and sincerity. Thanks to the folks of SpeakEasyDC!

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

Gaining confidence and improving the way I articulate my thoughts.

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

I wouldn't change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

two shows a month?

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered and also just attended these shows with family and friends. I rave about them to all sorts of folks. It is ABSOLUTELY the best time you can have in this city for $10.00, and the buffet is an additional plus. It's a great experience, come and see.

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

Having a great time

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

Bring back the podcast

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Rating: 5 stars  

Superb!!!!! thank you and i will definatly come again

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wouldnt do anything....you guys are Awesome!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with SpeakeasyDC in some way, shape, or form for about three years now, and it has rarely disappointed. Not only have I gotten a lot out of volunteering, but I have gained friends who will last a lifetime.

SpeakeasyDC is one place I know I can come to to feel completely accepted and whole. Most of lthe people I've encountered in the organization are phenomenal.

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

Events, Classes, Volunteering, Video

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

Expand its reach so that more people can share in the storytelling -- including hiring more full-time staff.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Speakeasy DC is a wonderful outfit on so many levels. I appreciate the opportunity it gives novice performers to find their inner voice and tell their true personal stories on stage. Everyone has a story, and Speakeasy DC, through its courses and open mic nights, provides a safe and nurturing setting allowing people to transform their experiences - joys, heartaches, et. al - into a resonant experience that anyone can relate to. In the process, Speakeasy has built a supportive community of storytellers that celebrates both individual uniqueness and universal truths. It's an organization that's truly changed my life.

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

Through participating in open mic nights and a "special" holiday-themed show, as well as now-and-then volunteering supporting different productions.

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

I would suggest outreach events to corporate audiences as an expansion of its current slate of storytelling classes...

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a fantastic organization, and not only have I enjoyed being a part of the audience, but I have also enjoyed performing. The audience is supportive and wonderful and this is truly an opportunity to let your VOICE be heard, tell a story, and connect on a human level with others. We need more of this in DC and the world actually! Please support this organization, it has done so much already and can do a lot more with more support.

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

Washington DC - this has be come a creative place and safe space to explore, connect and engage.

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

Find ways to get it more support!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned about Speakeasy DC by going to an open mic night and was amazed by the quality of story tellers, but more amazed by the sense of community created by Speakeasy. I decided to take a class and was hooked. As a educator, I found the classes helped me find my voice and have helped me communicate more effectively with my coworkers and students. Speakeasy DC has also created more opportunities for me to get involved in the local DC arts community.

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

my work life and personal life.

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

like more open mics.

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