Artistic Executive Director
St. Stephen's Church
1525 Newton St, NW
NPO Spotlight - SpeakeasyDC
To produce high-quality storytelling performances, provide ongoing storytelling training and performance opportunities to the public, and preserve oral tradition in a way that speaks to and enriches contemporary life.
About the Organization:
SpeakeasyDC, formerly Washington Storytellers Theatre, was launched in 1990 by a group of storytellers and storytelling enthusiasts led by Robert Revere to bring performers from around the country to the nation's capital to perform and teach the art of storytelling. In 2006, the organization shifted its focus to developing the talent of local performers, ending its fifteen-year-old program that featured out-of-town storytellers and changing its name to SpeakeasyDC to reflect that change. Today, the organization produces approximately twenty-five original shows and more than a dozen storytelling classes each year, while serving an audience of over two hundred and fifty people s month through its open-mic series.
Now in its thirteenth season, Speakeasy's monthly open-mic series invites experienced and first-time performers to share true stories with an engaged audience in under seven minutes. Performers attend a mandatory rehearsal, where they practice and receive coaching from skilled storytellers. SpeakeasyDC also offers private coaching and classes and professional services, including public speaking seminars and training. Educational offerings include a one-day Storytelling Boot Camp and two four-week comprehensive courses: Storytelling 101 for beginners and Storytelling 201 for intermediate-level students. In addition, the organization produces several original ensemble shows; a podcast series called the Speakeasy Storycast; and has collaborated with a number of organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts's Big Read and DC Independent Film Fest.
Visitors to the SpeakeasyDC Web site can browse a list of upcoming performances and past shows, sign up for an open-mic night, learn more about the organization's professional services, watch recent videos, read and comment on the SpeakeasyDC blog, and connect with the organization via Facebook and Twitter, or by subscribing to its podcast series via iTunes.
Support for SpeakeasyDC is provided by foundations, corporations, individuals, and government agencies.