Speak Up brings their widely acclaimed storytelling show to Hill-Stead’s Veranda. Founder Matthew Dicks is a record 51-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion. His stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast. Speak Up’s co-founder, Elysha Dicks, serves as the evening’s host, and Matt will be one of the featured professional and amateur storytellers sharing true stories from their lives.
Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic.
6 pm Gates open
6:30 pm Performance begins
Rain Date: Thursday, August 19
In person tickets | $15 per person
Seating is limited and we strongly advise attendees to purchase tickets in advance. Any available tickets sold at the gate will be by credit card only.
Elysha Dicks is the co-founder, Executive Director, and host of Speak Up and also the co-host of the Speak Up Storytelling Podcast. Elysha recently returned to her first love, teaching, and now spends her days ushering her kindergarteners towards hard work and kindness. Elysha likes dark roasts, hates cilantro, and can regularly be found strumming her ukulele or baking a challah.
Matthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing, Unexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, Twenty-one Truths About Love, The Other Mother and the nonfiction title Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Art of Storytelling. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide. He is also the author of the rock opera The Clowns and musicals Caught in the Middle, Sticks & Stones, and Summertime. He is an advice columnist for Slate magazine and the humor columnist for Seasons magazine. He has written comic books for DoubleTake Comics.
When not hunched over a computer screen, he fills his days as an elementary school teacher, storyteller, blogger, wedding DJ, minister, storytelling and communications consultant, and life coach. He has been teaching for 21 years and is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.
Matthew is a record 51-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast.
Matthew is also the founder and creative director of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization that produces shows throughout New England. He teaches storytelling and public speaking throughout the world to individuals, corporations, school districts, hospitals, universities, and more. He has most recently taught at Yale, MIT, the University of Connecticut Law School, Yale New Haven Hospital, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Mohawk Nation of Canada, and Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.