Since moving to the DC area I have been fortunate to attend several Speakeasy events and have had a wonderful time at each one! I really value the opportunity to see young, up-and-coming talent and look forward to sharing a story of my own one day.
In a world of constant electronic connection, Speakeasy brings actual people together to tell and hear personal stories. I guess I started with This American Life, then discovered Porchlight in San Francisco through friends, the Moth in NYC through a guidebook, and Speakeasy through... years ago I heard somehow about the Washington Storyteller's Theater, and they used to have an International Storytelling Festival. I trekked out to the Finnish Embassy where I heard the tale of the Barking Mouse, and that's still one of my favorite stories. I keep hoping I'll meet a cute single guy at one of the events, and maybe someday I will. In the meantime it's a great way to build community and reconnect with live humans having the courage to stand up in front of a crowd and share their stories. Great social event/excuse to get together with people, too, with the option of drinking but not just a boring happy hour where you have to talk. Sometimes it's good just to listen.
At the Church of the Pilgrims, to which I belong, we often include personal storytelling in worship. One of our members told me about a SpeakeasyDC course she had taken. Intrigued, I signed up for a 1-day storytelling boot camp. Fantastic! Eighteen strangers spent 6 hours helping each other find and develop personal stories. I was convinced that training like this could enhance the storytelling we do in worship -- and build community! I pitched idea to our regional denominational office, and they contracted with SpeakeasyDC to offer two, one-day storytelling workshops for member of our congregations. Now we have about 30 people, clergy and lay, in about 8 churches, who are trained in the basics of effective personal storytelling. If you're in a faith community, check this out!
I took storytelling classes offered by Speakeasy DC, and it was a fantastic experience. The things I learned about structuring and delivering a story have helped me professionally as a marketer. I think the classes could benefit people in all fields. Everyone needs to be able to express themselves persuasively and stories do that best.
I first encountered SpeakeasyDC when it was still part of Washington Storytellers Theater, maybe in 2005. I began telling stories immediately, and Speakeasy became a homebase for me. I have performed more than 10 times on stage, and taken several storytelling classes. This experience led me to other storytelling experiences including appearing in the Capitol Fringe Festival. What is most admirable about SpeakeasyDC is the clear decision and commitment taken to be an educational venue for all, a place where non-tellers could try it out, gain skills and coaching, all in front of a very generous audience, and all while assuring the top quality possible -- a very difficult formula indeed, but one that's been met and more. The staff, board and volunteers are extraordinarily loyal - and their energy, charisma and talent continue to sustain a high quality endeavor that now has deep roots in the community and increasing connectivity nationwide.
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 have been attending SpeakeasyDC events for over a year and I took their Storytelling 101 class.
SpeakeasyDC creates a sense of community and humanity, in a city where that can be very difficult to do. With every event, I feel closer to the city that I now call home, and to the many different people who share it with me.
I am a huge fan of SpeakeasyDC!!!
Everytime I go to a SpeakEasy event, I am never disappointed. Great people. Great stories. Great venues. I feel more connected to my community when I attend these events. All of the storytellers are really open and honest and relateable. Great job, guys!
The first night I experienced the Speakeasy I wondered why DC wasn't more well-known for its depth and quality of its arts scene. The stories were amazing, the event was extremely well run and an all around good time. It made me feel like I was part of a community in this big city.
Speakeasy DC is a great organization serving the DC metro area. They make their shows affordable, entertaining, but best yet, keeping the rich art of storytelling alive and well. Storytelling is core to American culture and heritage.
Speakeasy is about as good an organization as I've seen in the 60+ years I've lived in DC. It works on so many levels. First, it is about building community through the intimacy of sharing true stories with strangers, acquantances and friends. Second, it is about building community through a gathering where new friendships and connections are made. Third, it is about the highest quality of entertainment available. Every night it will make you laugh, make you think and make one aware of the quality of the shared human journey. Fourth, it is about quality and professionalism. Because of the quality of the coaching, screening, and educational services the open mics are always of the highest quality. It is amazing to witness the incredible level of amatuer quality that is manifest EVERY tuesday. Because fo this quality it self generates an expanding outward spiral of quality. More peopel coem because of the high level of quality, really good tellers are motivated by the quality to tell, the level of quality continues to grow. Remarkable.
I'm a writer and have attended several SpeakeasyDC storytelling performances. I am always delighted by the way I feel after hearing a really good story. Some of the stories are humorous and some are serious, but they're always true tales from people's personal experiences. An excellent night out.
Speakeasy provides a wonderful class that I found enlightening from a personal and professional perspective. I felt that I grew in the class and came to know my own story better - to know what it meant to me and to others, and how it related to other aspects of my life. I believe I came to know myself better in the class, and learned a lot about the other people in the class as well. It is really a remarkable experience and I would (and have) recommened the introductory class to others.
Our first experience was a performance to which my friend and I were lucky enough to be given tickets. It was delightful! The performances were intelligent, comical, poignant, entertainting. Our first time as patrons will not be our last; we have already purchased tickets to future events and are eagerly looking forward to making Speakeasy DC part of our "social" lives.
Speakeasy produces wonderful events for the DC community. Each time I attend a storytellers event I am so grateful that such an organization exists.
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Speakeasy DC is a fantastic outlet for undiscovered talent in the DC area. Always a good vibe, great people, and the woman who runs it has awesome energy.
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I have been to two SpeakeasyDC events and loved both. The venues are warm and welcoming and the people are as well. I can't wait to go back for the next.
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