Speak Story Series

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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the Speak Story Series?
2. Where/when does Speak take place? 

3. How much are tickets?
4. Can I bring children to the show? 
I thought storytelling was for children / I have heard this storyteller before at a children's show.
5. Can I record the shows to share with my family later? 

6. Where should I park? 
7. How do you find the storytellers for your series?

8. How do I get to be a storyteller on the Speak Story Series?

1. What is the Speak Story Series?
Speak is a community-based storytelling organization that presents inter/nationally recognized storytellers in concert for the public and for local schools. Presenting concerts since 2013, Speak is now in its fifth season. Storytelling allows people of different backgrounds to listen to the words of diverse tellers, learn about cultures and beliefs, and bond over deep emotional experiences.

2. Where/when does Speak take place? 
Speak takes place at Reynolds Hall, 109 North King Street in Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Two concerts this season (June and July) will be held down the street at Storer Ballroom in the 3rd floor of the Shepherd University Student Center. Speak is usually on the second Tuesday of the month, although this season our April and September concerts will be on the third Tuesday of the month.

3. How much are tickets?
Tickets are $12 at the door. This season, there are no advance sales. If you would like advance tickets and the option of saving money, become a Member of Speak (see Memberships at the top of the page).

4. Can I bring children to the show? I thought storytelling was for children. I have heard this storyteller before at a children's show.
Speak is advertised as storytelling for adults. We say that mature children are allowed at the discretion of adults, but we will not refund ticket money if it is later decided that the child should not have been present. While most shows are suitable for a variety of ages, we do not censor storytellers. This allows them to present material that might not be suitable at other venues, while at the same time allows the artists to be artists. 

5. Can I record the shows to share with my family later? 
No. No recording or unauthorized photography is allowed at Speak. If you wish to share storytelling with someone else, please bring them to a show or consider purchasing one of our artists' recordings to share. Storytellers make their living giving concerts and unauthorized recording or duplication harms their ability to make a living as an artist. 

6. Where should I park? 
Shepherdstown is a small and walkable town. Nearby street parking is available on King, German, and High Streets, but most streets in town are only a few blocks from the venue. MAKE SURE that you are not parking in a residential area or in a metered spot that requires payment. The Shepherdstown Parking Patrol is not merciful. 

7. How do you find the storytellers for your series?
Speak hires full-time storytellers with a national or international reputation. There are many networks and events that allow us to find our artists. If you are looking to find storytellers, consider beginning with the National Storytelling Network or a regional storytelling Guild. 

8. How do I get to be a storyteller on the Speak Story Series?
Speak is always accepting promotional/demo materials from interested storytellers. We book an entire season at once, so you must know your availability a full year out. We also book storytellers who can present shows for adults AND for school students. If interested, send applicable materials (such as bio, résumé, headshot, links to website, audio recordings, links to video of your storytelling, letter of intent) to our email address or our PO Box (see footer below). Materials will not be returned.