First four classes will take place at Mount Vernon Place Methodist Church at 900 Massachusetts Ave. Closest metros to class are Gallery Place/Chinatown or Convention Center. Fifth class, which is the final showcase, will take place at another location TBD. Limit 12 for 6:1 ratio. More info at www.speakeasydc.org
$375 through Sept 17; $395 thereafter. Can be paid online or send a check to SpeakeasyDC at 1525 Newton St, NW, Washington, DC 20010. On check, please include your name, address, email, and phone number, and write the name of the class with starting date in the memo. Includes comp to our monthly show on Oct. 8. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION. IF YOU DON’T, IT MEANS THE CHARGE DIDN’T GO THROUGH.
Turn your life stories into performance. Learn the art of storytelling in SpeakeasyDC’s acclaimed 5-week class which will take your through the storytelling process from beginning to end, culminating in a public performance for your friends and family. Students who join the class come from varied backgrounds and have different goals and applications. Some hope to perform on a SpeakeasyDC stage, others have found storytelling useful in the work they do, and others just enjoy the creative process and the community. Your expert instructors have years of experience, coaching people through the storytelling process.
Week 1 – Tu Sep 24 – Class– Finding story material + understanding story structure
Week 2 – Tu Oct 1 - Class – Crafting your story + developing characters
Week 3 – Tu Oct 8 – Comp to SpeakeasyDC’s monthly show (See Event Listings)
Week 4 – Tu Oct 15 – Class – Editing + polishing
Week 5 – Tu Oct 22 - Practicing your story + Reviewing performance technique
Week 6 – Tu Oct 29 – FINAL SHOWCASE - This is your chance to try your story out on a friendly invite-only audience of friends and family. Location TBD
SpeakeasyDC does not give refunds (full or partial) for voluntary withdrawal from the class. There are limited slots in the class so that we may give sufficient attention to each student. Because of this, we typically have to turn people away. Should you choose to withdraw, we will have a vacancy that we can no longer fill.
Comments from alumni of SpeakeasyDC classes
I’ve had the great opportunity to participate in a class, an open mic, and a performance workshop with Speak Easy DC and in each event I took away a whole difference set of skills and “tricks of the trade”. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone wanting to learn how to craft an engaging story and/or learn to perform your work on stage. Not only is the crafting processes enjoyable, but you will never find a more embracing and accepting audience to present your work than those that attend the Speak Easy shows. I truly believe that Speak Easy DC is an exceptional NGO that affords novices and practiced storytellers alike with the opportunity to share their stories and grow as artists. — posted by jarkarta1
I’m about to take my second class with Speakeasy and I’m very excited. I learned so much on the first go around and many of my fellow classmates ended up telling their fantastic stories at open mic. What an entertaining evening…I laughed, I cheered, I cried and I can’t wait to go back again! — posted by ter