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 throughout 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 they also teach storytelling workshops for storytellers and professionals at every levels.  

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

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

SPEAK UP STORYTELLING: THE PODCAST

Each week we bring you a story from the Speak Up stage followed by commentary and critique designed to make you a better storyteller. 

Subscribe in Apple podcasts, Spotify,  or wherever you receive your podcasts, or listen to the most recent episode each week here: 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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STORYTELLING SHOWS 2018-2019
October 19: "Walk of Shame" at Infinity Hall Hartford (8:30 PM)
November 3: "Transit" at Real Art Ways (7:30 PM)
November 18: “Mischief” at Space Ballroom (7:30 PM)
December 1: "Patios, Pools, & the American Backyard" at CT Historical Society (7:00 PM)
February 23: Speak Up at Infinity Hall Hartford (8:00 PM)

STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS 2018-2019
November 17: Advanced storytelling workshop, CT Historical Society (9:30-4:30) 
December 7-9: Beginner's storytelling weekend, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA
January 19: Storytelling workshop (beginners), CT Historical Society (9:30-4:30 PM) 
February 2: Storytelling workshop (advanced), CT Historical Society (9:30-4:30 PM) 

ACCEPTING PITCHES FOR THE FOLLOWING SHOWS:
"PATIOS, POOLS, AND THE AMERICAN BACKYARD"

CONTACT INFO
Executive Director: Elysha Dicks
Creative Director: Matthew Dicks

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