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.
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STORYTELLING SHOWS 2017-2018
May 11: "Close Calls" at Infinity Hall Hartford (8:30 PM)
May 26: Storytelling showcase at Miss Porter's School (7:00 PM)
June 9: "Conflict" at CT Historical Society (7:30 PM)
June 16: Storyworthy book launch at Real Art Ways (7:30 PM)
October 19: "Walk of Shame" at Infinity Hall Hartford (8:00 PM)
November 3: Speak Up at Real Art Ways (7:30 PM)
November 11: Voices of Hope conference, Mandell JCC
December 1: Speak Up at CT Historical Society (7:00 PM)
June 9: Beginner's storytelling workshop, CT Historical Society (9:30-4:30)
July 30-August 3: Storytelling bootcamp, CT Historical Society (M-W-F 9:30-4:30)
August 12-17: Storytelling bootcamp, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA
December 7-9: Beginner's storytelling weekend, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
ACCEPTING PITCHES TO THE FOLLOWING SHOWS AND THEMES:
"Conflict" on June 9