WHAT IS SPEAK UP?

Speak Up is a Hartford-based storytelling organization that seeks to promote the art of personal storytelling to a wide audience and foster and support a community of storytellers in Connecticut. Speak Up brings professional and amateur storytellers to the stage to share true stories from their lives. Speak Up founders and producers Matthew and Elysha Dicks work closely with storytellers to help them craft their stories for the stage and teach storytelling workshops to storytellers and professionals at all levels.  

Speak Up shows feature storytellers who tell true stories from their lives on a predetermined theme. Our shows showcase a blend of seasoned storytellers and people telling stories for the first time.

Speak Up has established partnerships with Real Art Ways, Infinity Hall, The Mount, The Connecticut Historical Society, The Noah Webster House, Kingswood Oxford School, Amity Regional High School, and the Farmington Library. 

Shows are produced by Matthew and Elysha Dicks. They are hosted by Elysha Dicks, and Matthew Dicks serves as one of the storytellers for the evening. 

LISTEN TO SPEAK UP STORIES HERE

UPCOMING EVENTS

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STORYTELLING SHOWS 2017
January 26: "Relatively Annoying" at Infinity Hall Hartford (8:00 PM)
February 25: "Competition" at CT Historical Society (8:00 PM)
February 26: Voices of Hope showcase at Mandell JCC (2:00 PM)
March 11: Unified Theater storytelling showcas
April 8: "Food and Drink" at the Unitarian Universalist Society (7:30 PM) 
May 4: "Imposters" at Infinity Hall, Hartford (8:00 PM)
June 24: Speak Up at CT Historical Society (8:00 PM) 
August 3: Speak Up Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT (8:00 PM)
October 26: Speak Up Infinity Hall, Hartford, CT (8:00 PM)

STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
January 28: Advanced level storytelling workshop at CT Historical Society
March 18: Beginners level storytelling workshop at CT Historical Society
April 1: Advanced level storytelling workshop at CT Historical Society
May 12-14: Storytelling weekend workshop for kids at Kripalu, Stockbridge, MA
July 31- August 4: Speak Up Boot Camp, CT Historical Society
August 13-18: Advanced level storytelling workshop at Kripalu, Stockbridge, MA

ACCEPTING PITCHES TO THE FOLLOWING SHOWS AND THEMES:
February 25: "Competition"
April 8: "Food and Drink" 

CONTACT INFO

Executive Director: Elysha Dicks
Creative Director: Matthew Dicks

Email: speakupstorytelling@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/speakupstory
Twitter: @speakupstory