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  

Friends introduced me to SpeakeasyDC by inviting me to an open mic night shortly after I moved to DC in 2007. I was immediately hooked. The stories are so human, so universal. It's not quite stand-up, though it's often funny. And it is a form of performance, though not actorly. It's just a wonderful organization that draws stories from people that we can all relate to, drawing us together and making us realize that our similarities as human beings are far greater than our differences.

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

building confidence in performing a story, meeting a diverse, energetic group of people.

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

Get wider exposure for it across the city.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

There are many nonprofits in the DC area but I joined the Board of SpeakeasyDC because I fundamentally love the mission of the organization - provide a platform for people to share true stories. And if it inspires others or provides entertainment value then that's all the better.

As individuals or organizations we all have stories that will move someone but more often that not we are not aware of the potential impact of our story until it is told live. An inspiring story that is not told is a lost opportunity to provide hope and for that reason I am grateful that an organization like SpeakeasyDC is committed to providing that platform for artistic expression.

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

watching members of the audience come up to the story tellers after a show and affirm how they relate to a story

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

Raise more funds

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with SpeakeasyDC as an audience member, storyteller, teacher, and board member for more than 6 years. Every time I attend a show, I'm overwhelmed at the quality, and authenticity of the product. I don't think I'll ever get tired of being a part of this organization, or humbled at the amazing talents we continue to encounter.

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

being a part of the creative community as well a board member.

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

find more funding for us!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

SpeakeasyDC is the best! I've been attending performances since the beginning, and I have been impressed with the professionalism of the organization, the community-minded events, and the sheer fun of the performances. SEDC is my favorite DC arts organization...

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

Spending an evening at a SEDC event gives a great glimpse into what's going on in our city and what people are thinking...

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

Keep up the great work!

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I was so excited the first time I came to a SpeakeasyDC event 3 years ago. I had been searching throughout DC for a community in which I could share my stories and humor. The open-mike comedy venues were not as welcoming and lacked individuality. When I came to my first SEDC event, I knew I had found my home. The audience is so welcoming; appreciating creativity and personal stories rather than a quick joke. I attended a few shows and then began performing. Performing with SEDC has been so much more rewarding than performing in comedy venues. Developing and delivering a story is an enriching experience where you learn something about yourself and get a chance to share a fascinating tale with others. SEDC's coaches are talented and generous. Every story I have put together has been greatly improved through their guidance.
I have always been impressed with the leadership of the organization. They balance a professional tone with a vibrant energy which fosters stellar entertainment.

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

I am now a better performer. Through the SEDC class, I learned some helpful tips to developing a story. Everytime I perform, I receive guidance that improves my story. I have also found a community of friends.

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

I would perhaps suggest some changes in the types of performances provided. Each month, there is a different theme but generally it is the same format. Perhaps SEDC could change up the format from time to time. Specifically, I am thinking it would be interesting to see multiple performers sharing a story rather than always one person on stage at a time.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

The second Tuesday of every month is a real red letter day for me. That's because the monthly open mic storytelling series is so much fun! It's a chance to connect with friends, hear some amazing life experiences and feel a sense of community with fellow artists and fans.

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

watching people learn that the oral tradition is truly a vital art form.

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

the original ensemble shows keep me on the edge of my seat with riveting stories. I never know what's going to happen next.

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

friendly, supportive of first-timers, seasoned veterans and even casual audience members who feel like voluntarily sharing a brief anecdote.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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