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: 4 stars  

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.

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

Experiencing the different lives of others.

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

Have them go into high school to put on classes.

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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 is a wonderful organization that encourages members of the community to share their compelling stories. Every month I look forward to the 2nd Tuesday so I can sit and listen to real stories from real people. People who are brave enough to put themselves on a stool behind a microphone in front of more than 100 people.

But Speakeasy helps to make sure they're prepared and ready by offering speaking lessons which teaches them how to convey their thoughts.

So often we rely on movies and youtube clips to entertain us, but it's stories like those told at Speakeasy which bring us back to the real world, and help us feel closer to our community.

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

The sense of relief and confidence people feel after sharing their deep stories is truly incredible.

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

I would add more opportunities for people to share, once a month isn't enough for fans like me!

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Rating: 5 stars  

They put on a great show which highlights many local individuals. They craft a story which is supposed to captivate and translate their personal experiences- and that's just what the presenter does. I love this organization!

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

Their Speakeasy event held two days ago!

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

n/a

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Speakeasy is such an amazing experience. I am heartened to see the revival of storytelling, especially when the stories are told so well. Common human themes are exposed and discussed at each monthly show, reminding all of us that we are not so different. No to mention I have so much fun at Speakeasy!

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

cultural and artistic enlightenment

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

make the shows more often!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a donor to SpeakeasyDC for more than five years now, and I've seen it grow from a small monthly gathering in a modest-sized jazz club to a vital community of people who still attend those ever-bgger monthly shows, but can also: attend classes to learn the craft themselves; pack Woolly Mammoth theater for special storytelling shows; and see the Moth's founder George Dawes Green talk about his work during another special event Speakeasy hosted.

What really impresses me about Speakeasy is that in a multicultural city where the cultures too often remain separate, it really is a place where all people come together -- and where every story gets told.

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

Multiple shows.

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

...enlarge the permanent staff. Amy Saidman, the director, does amazing work, and I think she has a solid core of people who assist in teaching classes and doing some technical support, but if they had the funding to hire more full-time staff I think the organization could be an even more vital part of the DC arts and nonprofit world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

after years of watching my husband on stage I finally took the plunge and performed with Speakeasy back in May 2009. It was an amazing experience that allowed me to bond with others on a creative level while tapping into my own (long-lost) creative self!...so much fun!

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

generous and kind...very supportive and talented...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I began attending the SpeakeasyDC events when a friend invited me, and I have been hooked since. A supportive community, wonderful heartfelt expressions of highly personnel stories, a venue unlike any other in DC. I have come to truly appreciate the unique space that the SpeakeasyDC team has been able to create.

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

the warm, caring, nurturing environment that they have created for the DC community.

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

try to provide them with the financial stability to allow for long term planning.

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

the lengths they go to supporting the storytellers.

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

wonderful.

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

change the dynamics of the DC arts community.

Ways to make it better...

they had a better financial base to work from.

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

growing without losing their focus.

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

they have grown with a shoestring budget, it would be amazing to see what they could do fully resourced.

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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