A New Place to Teach and Learn in Astoria!
By Ilija Sekulovski
Q.E.D is coming to Astoria, and they call themselves “A place to show and tell.” What they are is a space for teachers – and a space to learn. There’s classes on everything from arts and crafts, to stand-up comedy, tastings, DIY projects, poetry slams, game nights, walking tours, storytelling, gardening, improv, and everything in between.
The cool thing is that the stage is open to nearly anyone – if you have a talent, for example, you know how to draw elephants upside down with sand – you can sign up to teach a class. The workshops aim to be accessible, fun, and above all, affordable.
Q.E.D stands for the latin phrase “quod erat demonstrandum,” which translates to “that which was demonstrated,” which is a pretty unique phrase that seems to perfectly accomplish what they’re trying to say.
Some fun information from the Q.E.D site:
Q.E.D. was created by Queens resident Kambri Crews. A long time producer and promoter of stand up comedy, Kambri is bringing the fun and creativity home to Astoria. For four years she served as the Director of Marketing and PR for the comedy club Comix, during which time she also created and ran the 50-seat comedy venue Ochi’s Lounge. She followed that by becoming the comedy booker for the 92Y Tribeca. Kambri is also an accomplished public speaker and storyteller, giving speeches and performing around the USA promoting her memoir BURN DOWN THE GROUND which was published by Random House in 2012. By creating Q.E.D., Kambri hopes to bring the community together to share in learning and laughter.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Shows consist of stand up comedy, sketch, improv, poetry, storytelling, readings, solo shows and more performed by talent ranging from the novice to the veteran. Check out ourupcoming shows here.
ABOUT THE TELL:
Classes range from arts and crafts to flower arranging to home brewing. Pickling? Sure, why not! American Sign Language? Throw your hands in the air! Twisted balloon animals? Hey, whatever you’re into, pal!
Best of all, the classes are very affordable with low commitment. No need to pay a few hundred bucks for an 8-week course only to find out you hate pickled vegetables (because you’re a monster!) or you got a gig that means you’ll miss most classes. They’re usually only a couple of hours long and kept to one or two sessions.
Our list of upcoming classes can be found here. We make up class topics and search out instructors, but suggestions are highly welcome! If you have an idea for a class you’d like to teach or take, let us know.
WANT TO SHOW OR TELL?
We like performers and teachers of every stripe.
If you’re excited to teach it, chances are someone wants to learn it. We’re always looking for something new to learn from history to art to DIY projects to languages, you name it. Click here to learn more about teaching.
If you want a shot at hosting or producing a show, let us know that, too. If you’re brand new at performing, we suggest coming to a few open mics and other shows and introducing yourself to the other performers and the producers of shows. Plus we offer a wide selection of classes on the craft of writing, performing and breaking into the business.
The view from the (currently being remodeled) stage – how awesome would it be to teach a class here?
So, this all sounds super fun. We’re interested to see how the classes take off – we know that Astoria loves its singers and poets and painters, but we can’t wait to see what other types of talent are hiding between the streets of Astoria!
Would you be interested in taking a class here? What about teaching one… what talents do you guys have?
27-16 23rd Ave
Astoria, New York