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. 


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: 


Click on links to purchase tickets. If there is no link, tickets are not yet available. 

August 10: Great Hartford Story Slam at Hartford Flavor Company
August 17: Solo storytelling show at Taproot Theater, Seattle, WA
September 7: “Tests” at Real Art Ways
November 2: Great Hartford Story Slam, location TBD
November 9: Sara Kaplan: Champion of the World at Emmanuel Synagogue, West Hartford, CT
November 23: Twenty-one Truths About Love book release, CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT
December 14: “Crafty” at CT Historical Society, Hartford, CT
April 4: Speak Up at Unitarian Universalist Church, Manchester, CT

July 27: Storytelling workshop (advanced), CT Historical Society
July 29-August 2: Storytelling bootcamp, CT Historical Society
August 17: Storytelling workshop, Taproot Theater, Seattle, WA
October 4-6: Storytelling workshop, Art of Living Retreat, Boone, NC
October 25-27: Storytelling workshop (beginners), Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
November 9: Storytelling workshop (Beginner), CT Historical Society
November 16: Storytelling workshop (Advanced), CT Historical Society
December 6-8: Storytelling workshop (advanced), Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
January 25: Storytelling workshop (Beginner), CT Historical Society
February 22: Storytelling workshop (Advanced), CT Historical Society

Now accepting pitches for “Crafty”

Executive Director: Elysha Dicks
Creative Director: Matthew Dicks

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