Through the art of autobiographical story performance, Story District gives voice to the authentic experience of ordinary people and builds community.
Through the art of autobiographical story performance, Story District gives voice to the authentic experience of ordinary people, builds community, and promotes understanding. We have a three-part mission: to produce high quality storytelling performances; provide ongoing training and performance opportunities to the public; and preserve the oral tradition, while experimenting with new definitions and expressions that speak to and enrich contemporary life.
Our monthly open mic storytelling series- serves an audience of over 350 people a month and trains 120 storytellers each year. Each night features 8-10 true stories on a given theme. All are welcome to sign up for the open mic through our website. Free (and mandatory) coaching is provided.
Story District also produces several original ensemble shows, with unique casts, each year. Past shows include: top-selling and critically acclaimed Capital Fringe Festival shows The Sin Show, Chocolate Jesus, Story Showdown; plus holiday specials like Sucker for Love Valentine’s Day Special; My So Called Jewish Life, and Bad Mommy Moments: A Storytelling Playdate for Moms.
Each year, we offer over a dozen educational opportunities, including a one-day Storytelling Boot Camp, two five to six-week comprehensive courses–Storytelling 101 for beginners and and Storytelling 201 for intermediate level students, Solo Story Performance Workshop, master classes on specific skills and topics, outreach programs, and on-site professional trainings. Our clients have included the Peace Corps, Chemonics, and NOAA.
Story District has collaborated with many other organizations including: the NEA’s Big Read, Atlas Performing Arts Center, INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival, Woolly Mammoth, Capital Fringe Festival, Dance Place, and Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
Our free podcast - Speakeasy Storycast - will be renewed soon. We are working on new episodes featuring recordings of stories told live on our stage, plus guest interviews with the performers. You can find videos onVimeo and YouTube.