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.

Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has featured the stories of more than 450 Baltimoreans onstage. These stories are now available on its web site and podcast, and are frequently aired on local public radio station WYPR-FM.

Guided by the motto, "Everyone has a story. What's yours?", The Stoop's mission is to showcase the extraordinary stories of "ordinary" people. We believe strongly that sharing a true, personal tale is an act of witness that offers empowerment to the storyteller, and enlightenment, inspiration, insight—and entertainment!—to the listener.

In addition to its mainstage shows in the 540-seat Pearlstone Theater at Center Stage, The Stoop presents a yearly show at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, offers storytelling workshops, and runs a popular bar series called "Second Stoop."

Laura Wexler, Producer and Co-host

Laura 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 the co-writer of a TV pilot based on a radical experiment at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She's currently at work on a novel and an immersive theater piece depicting the “secrecy era” of adoption in the United States. laurawexler.com

Jessica Henkin, Producer and Co-host

Jessica Jessica Henkin has a master's degree in special education from Johns Hopkins and serves as a Special Education Liaison with the Baltimore City Public School Early Learning Programs. She's passionate about her family, autism education, Baltimore City, keeping her house clean, finding most things funny—and, of course, storytelling. You can also see her onstage with the Baltimore Improv Group.

Stoop Storytelling Podcast

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