About the Stoop

The Stoop Storytelling Series is a popular event in Baltimore in which 7 people get 7 minutes each to tell a true, personal tale on a shared theme in front of a live audience.

Guided by the motto, "Everyone has a story. What's yours?," The Stoop's mission is to showcase the extraordinary stories of "ordinary" people. These stories are not read or memorized or performed. They’re shared.

Stoop shows are intimate and surprising, wonderful and weird, hilarious and heartbreaking.

Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has featured the stories of more than 600 Baltimoreans onstage. Listen to these stories by clicking Past Shows — or via Podcast.

In addition to its mainstage shows, The Stoop presents Special Events, Workshops, and Second Stoop open mic evenings. If you’d like to bring The Stoop to your venue or organization, email info@stoopstorytelling.com.

Laura Wexler, Producer and Host

Laura-new Laura Wexler is a writer, producer, teacher and editor. She is the author of a nonfiction book about the nation's last mass lynching and is currently developing several TV and theater projects. laurawexler.com

Jessica Henkin, Producer and Co-host

Jessica-new Jessica Henkin works for Baltimore City Public School’s Office of Early Learning Program. She's passionate about her family, autism education, Baltimore City, keeping her house clean, finding most things funny—and, of course, storytelling. You can occasionally see her onstage with the Baltimore Improv Group.

Stoop Storytelling Podcast

Feed-icon All Stoop stories are available via our podcast.