Post from August, 2012

SpeakeasyDC Supports Oral Traditions, Teaches Storytelling Skills

Tuesday, 7. August 2012 15:19

Established in 1997 under the name Washington Storytellers Theatre, Speakeasy DC is an organization that empowers individuals to share their experiences through the rich traditions of storytelling. Not only does the group produce 25 original live storytelling shows each year, but it also offers both public classes and private coaching to those who wish to improve their skills.

SpeakeasyDC’s goals are simple: to produce high quality storytelling performances; provide ongoing storytelling training and performance opportunities to the public, and preserve the oral tradition in a way that speaks to and enriches contemporary life. Through these goals, SpeakeasyDC allows ordinary people to share their authentic experiences, promotes understanding and builds community.

The rules for performances are simple: every story must be true, under seven minutes, and adhere to the night’s theme (if there is one). The group’s monthly open mic storytelling series takes place on the second Tuesday of every month. SpeakeasyDC also has special performances throughout the year, like a Valentine’s Day Sucker for Love even or a performance at Sixth & I titled My So Called Jewish Life. This non-profit is able to continue the art and instruction of traditional storytelling through donations, sponsorships and the support of DC locals and visitors at its performances.

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