Veterans Open Mic

Veterans Open Mic on May 22 at 6 pm

Veterans and their families deal with a range of experiences, both when they serve and after they leave the military. Join us on May 22 at 6pm for an open mic that uses the tools of performance art such as poetry, comedy, and storytelling to address these complicated issues and to help us gain insight into veterans’ lives and experiences. We hope this will be an ongoing discussion as to how veterans support us and how we can support them using the arts as a bridge.

Veterans and their family members are invited to perform at this event. When you register, there will be a question asking if you are interested in performing.

The event will be held at New Spire Spaces at 115 E Church St. There is free parking behind the building, which can be accessed by making a left from Church St onto Chapel Alley and then another left into our lot.

Featured Artists

Jacquelyn Bengfort

Jacquelyn Bengfort was born in North Dakota, educated at the U.S. Naval Academy and Oxford University, and now resides in Washington, DC. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Gargoyle, Storm Cellar, Jellyfish Review, New Flash Fiction Review, matchbook, CHEAP POP, The Fem, and numerous anthologies, among other places. She has been a finalist for SmokeLong Quarterly’s Kathy Fish Fellowship and The Iowa Review’s Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award for Veterans, and her work has been recognized by a fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; find her online at

Michael E Sutton

Michael E Sutton currently, serves in Department of Homeland Security Active Assailant Preparedness and Security under the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP). Before assuming his DHS role in 2011, Mr. Sutton had several years of experience in working in the Diplomatic Security Service for the US State Department’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Countermeasures Division Mr. Sutton has provided his services to over 70+ countries.

Michael studies acting/improvisation, screenwriting and standup under actor, writer and producer Michael Mack under the banner of the Fearless Acting Workshop. Michael is also an alumni member of the Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP). Michael has taught the Fearless Acting style of acting/improvisation to American teens in Italy and has performed world-wide.
Michael lives in Frederick, Maryland.

Michael Carrasquillo

Michael is a US Army Veteran with 2 combat tours turned disabled veteran when he was shot 5 times in combat. He went through 40+ surgeries and even died twice! Now he does stand-up comedy using his life and experiences to make you laugh.

Leon Gray

Leon is a veteran of both the Air Force and the Army. He studied stand-up and improv with Armed Services Arts Partnership. He has performed all over the DMV area.

  • May 22, 2018
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



115 East Church St, Frederick, Maryland, 21701, United States

Apr, 13, 2018