Speak Up storyteller: Alan MacKenzie

Our next Speak Up storytelling event is on Saturday, May 17th at Real Art Ways in Hartford. Doors open at 7:00 PM. The show begins promptly at 8:00 PM.

There are still some tickets available, though we are expecting a sell out, so purchase them now before it’s too late. Tickets available here.

This week we introduce the storytellers who you will be hearing from on Saturday night. Hope to see you there!


Alan MacKenzie was born on a naval base in the Philippine islands on New Year’s Day. He grew up on his grandparent’s citrus ranch in southern California. While his father was fighting in the Pacific, he learned to love raising animals, creating things, working hard and playing outdoors. His grandfather, a self-made man, was his mentor, role model and father figure.

During his elementary and high school years, his family moved back and forth between California and Washington D.C. He graduated from Princeton, got an MBA from Stanford and was a Sloan Fellow at MIT.

After working 25 years in large corporations, he burned out and left to start my own business, Street Smart Ventures. He create entrepreneurial projects that teach social and workplace skills to young adults facing barriers to work. He is an avid fly fisherman, hunter and wood carver who watches UConn basketball far too often for his wife, Carole, who is a Clinical Social Worker, Sex Therapist and Professor at the University of Hartford. Alan and his wife live in Hartford’s West End along with along with their two dogs, Posy and Virginia Woof.