Story District will celebrate BIRTHDAY BASH at the Lincoln Theater in October

Story District will celebrate its silver anniversary on October 1, 2022, with an anniversary party featuring a special performance at the Lincoln Theater with some of their favorite storytellers from its 25-year legacy.

The Birthday Bash will feature funny, poignant and heartwarming performances, including Caitlin Reilly, Graham Campbell, JR Denison, Antwan Perry, Mike Kane, Alexandra Petri, Yasmin Elhady and Jenn Kamara. The celebration will continue after the performances in the lobby of the Lincoln Theater with cupcakes, games and beats from DJ Sugarpants.

Tickets for the Birthday Bash are on sale now at

“Over the past 25 years, Story District has trained more than 3,000 storytellers to act out their authentic, true stories,” said Amy Saidman, Story District’s Executive Artistic Director. “Our mission has been to provide real people with a creative outlet, provide audiences with an evening of entertainment, and give everyone a sense of connection with one another. As we emerge and recover from a pandemic that separated us, our classes and shows bring people together – and that’s something to celebrate!”

Story District teaches and presents the art of autobiographical storytelling to inspire, connect and build a community of diverse voices in the Washington, DC area and beyond. Through a love of storytelling, Story District creates opportunities for people to deepen a sense of meaning, belonging, and connection to common humanity.

Named the “gold standard” of storytelling by the Washington Post, Story District reaches an audience of more than 12,000 patrons, 200 aspiring storytellers, and 300 adult learners each year through its performances, classes, free coaching, his advice and a podcast.

For more information about Story District, to view the class schedule, or to purchase tickets for upcoming shows, go to


Story District is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching and showcasing the art of autobiographical storytelling to inspire, connect, and build a community of diverse voices in the Washington, DC area and beyond.


Story District gave birth to the storytelling “scene” in the region and gave nearly 5,000 people the opportunity to develop and share their stories in front of enthusiastic audiences. In 1997, the Washington Storytellers Theater hosted its first storytelling open mic for DMV residents to share stories on stage. The monthly event was called The Speakeasy, which became SpeakeasyDC in 2005, and Story District in 2015. By this time, the organization had grown from a small monthly open-mic series to a thriving local arts institution with a community dynamic, extensive educational programming, business and organizational services and partnerships. For more information, visit


Called the “Storytelling Matriarch” by DC Magazine, Amy Saidman (She) has been teaching the art of storytelling and producing large and small-scale live storytelling shows in the DMV since 2005 as Executive Artistic Director of Story District. A storyteller, coach, host, podcast host, and consultant herself, Amy has appeared on the cover of the Washington City Paper, been featured in the Washington Business Journal and Washington Jewish Week, interviewed on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, and been a nominee. for a DCW50 Remarkable Woman. awards, in addition to receiving several artist grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

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