Parking and Afterparty Details for Ignite Seattle #43

We’re excited to see you tomorrow night for Ignite Seattle #43 at the beautiful Town Hall Seattle, located at 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101!

This event will not be livestreamed; if you want to catch it, please join us live!

Parking: There is no on-site parking, but Town Hall is located near several parking garages. Discounted $5.75 parking is available nearby at LAZ Parking (Hilton Hotel) by following the instructions at the bottom of this page.

Afterparty: We hope you can join our speakers for drinks after the event @ W Hotel Seattle Living Room Bar, entrance on 4th & Seneca. It’s a short walk down Seneca St. from Town Hall. (There is a parking garage but it’s expensive.)

One week until Ignite Seattle #43 (Thurs, March 16th)

We’re thrilled to bring you another edition of the best open submission public speaking event in the Northwest. Our event often sells out at the fantastic Town Hall Seattle, so get your tickets now before they’re all gone.

Our shows are a great, fun, social experience, perfect for a date night, catching up with old friends or even just to hang out with coworkers after work. 

If you’ve never come before, or have missed a few, this is a great one.

Our speaker lineup (not listed in order):

  • You Don’t Just Need A Friend, You Need A Community! by Christiana Birkeland
  • Start a Sexual Revolution But Don’t Tell Your Mom by Alisa Eddy
  • Surviving the Swimmer’s Cemetery by Kate Curtis 
  • Cut My Life Into Pizzas by Tricia Aung
  • How To Understand Patents – Using Frisbees by Adam Phillipp
  • Protein polymers and yeast farts: a scientist becomes a baker by Sam Blackman
  • How Masculinity Culture is Killing Men by Annie Kuo
  • Online Dating for Men Who Are Not Quite Dead by Eric Holdeman
  • The Holiday Card Dies with the Horse. by Nancy Hostert-Ruiz
  • Deal’n Drugs & Save’n Lives in the ER by Fay Hosseini

What to expect at the show:

  • Doors open at 6:30pm. Get there early for an optional pre-show activity!
  • Show starts at 7:30pm
  • One intermission halfway through
  • Show will end around 9pm

Doors open at 6:30pm (as does the cash bar). Talks start at 7:30pm, with an intermission.

If you want to grab food or a drink before the show, here’s our guide.

Join us for Ignite Seattle 43— March 16 at 7:30 pm!

Want to learn what frisbees can tell us about patents, pizza can tell us about life, or horses can tell us about holiday traditions? Of course you do—and what better way to do it than attend Ignite Seattle’s first-of-2023 event at Town Hall: Thursday, March 16th at 7:30 pm! Sign up for your ticket here. 

Our speaker lineup (in no particular order):

  • You Don’t Just Need A Friend, You Need A Community! by Christiana Birkeland
  • Start a Sexual Revolution But Don’t Tell Your Mom by Alisa Eddy
  • Surviving the Swimmer’s Cemetery by Kate Curtis 
  • Cut My Life Into Pizzas by Tricia Aung
  • How To Understand Patents – Using Frisbees by Adam Phillipp
  • Protein polymers and yeast farts: a scientist becomes a baker by Sam Blackman
  • How Masculinity Culture is Killing Men by Annie Kuo
  • Online Dating for Men Who Are Not Quite Dead by Eric Holdeman
  • The Holiday Card Dies with the Horse. by Nancy Hostert-Ruiz
  • Deal’n Drugs & Save’n Lives in the ER by Fay Hosseini

What to expect at the show:

  • Doors open at 6:30pm. Get there early for a pre-show activity!
  • Show starts at 7:30pm
  • Show will end around 9pm

Excited? Early bird tickets are $10 so you’d better get yours now. If you would rather watch from home, that’s cool too! Sign up for our newsletter to receive a link to our livestream as the event gets closer.

See you soon!

The Ignite team

Talk Submissions for Ignite Seattle #43: Thursday deadline

We are coming up fast on Ignite Seattle 43. The event is Thursday, March 16th 7:00pm and tickets are on sale now.

If you’re not familiar with Ignite Seattle, this short video explains what our event is about. We regularly sell out at the main stage at town hall and have one of the friendliest and most supportive audiences in the world.

Submit talk ideas here. You can read our advice guide to understand what we look for.


Tickets for the event are on sale now ($10 early bird / $15).

Ignite Your Storytelling Skills on January 24!

Do you have a story to tell? Of course you do! And 2023 could be your year to tell it!

Do you want to improve your ability to share your passion? Finally get past your fears of speaking in public? Or learn how to catch people’s attention from your very first sentence?

Ignite Seattle has been training speakers to harness their unique experiences through the power of compelling storytelling for years, and we want to teach YOU what we know. 

Join us on January 24, 2023 at Town Hall Seattle for a fun, fast-paced, FREE event where you’ll learn new ways to think about your own story and how to share it with others—both verbally and in writing!

You’ll get actionable and proven advice from experts on:

  • How to turn your life experience into a great story
  • How to get past your fears of public speaking
  • How to identify the spark of your story and grab someone’s attention right away

Plus, there will be plenty of time for your biggest and toughest questions about public speaking, lots of discussion, and chances to share your own story in small groups led by experienced speaker coaches.

You don’t need to have a talk prepared, or even know yet what story you want to tell, to participate. (Although if you’re thinking about taking a turn on the Ignite stage, this is a great place to hone your pitch…applications for our next event—hint, hint—are due February 2!)

Your coaches will be:

  • Professional speaker, bestselling author of Confessions of a Public Speaker, and Ignite Seattle emcee Scott Berkun
  • Author, former literary agent, and publishing consultant Beth Jusino
  • Storyteller and inspirational speaker Andrew Spink


The training is free, but space is limited, so register today!

Let us know if you have questions, and we look forward to seeing you on January 24.

PS. Help spread the word! If you know someone who has a great story or idea, or wants to feel more confident as a speaker, forward this post and invite them! Or share our Facebook Event Page on your social media channels.

We need your help to bring Ignite Seattle back!

Hi Ignite Superfan! Let’s start with the bad news: we’ve had to cancel our planned Ignite in October. Through the pandemic our team has shrunk, and we no longer have enough folks to make this event happen. (If you’re new to Ignite, this explains what our events are like).

Here’s where you come in: we need your help to bring Ignite back. Ignite Seattle is run by an fun, energetic, and enthusiastic all-volunteer team. We’re a group of former attendees who raised their hands and said “I want to help.” Now it’s your turn!

We’re hosting a volunteer info-session on Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm @ The Lab at Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave E Seattle WA 98112.

Not sure what volunteering for Ignite looks like? Below are a few ways volunteers help make the event possible. (But no experience is necessary, we’ll work with you to learn the job!)


We have a growing email list and follower count, but we have no one to tell them what’s happening. If you’re new to marketing, we have a playbook detailing what sorts of posts we usually make when, but you can also implement your own opinions or crazy ideas. You also get to press a red button that instantly emails thousands of fans of Ignite Seattle!

Speaker/Slide Wrangler:

Ignite gives anyone 5 minutes, live on stage, to share their project or passion with Seattle and the world. Many are first-time speakers, and the speaker/slide wrangler coordinates the training sessions and makes sure everyone has their slides ready for the stage. (You don’t need to have public speaking experience for this role, though.)

Speaker Coach:
Former Ignite Seattle speaker? This is your chance to give back by giving coaching to help our speakers share their stories with clarity and charisma.

Production Team:

Love bringing people together? We need your help to coordinate things like our pre-show activity, intermission, live-stream, and more. No experience necessary, but this job is a good fit for anyone who loves being organized. (Bonus points if you like spreadsheets.)

Rethink the event, and bring crazy ideas to life:
Did you know Ignite Seattle never did a survey until 2018!? When we did, we learned the audience wanted a shorter show that started earlier. (It only took us 12 years to find out…)What if you were in charge of the 3 Rs: help us research, recommend, and realize crazy new ideas? Research could include surveys, observations, and plain old talking to people. Yes that is still a thing.

These ideas (or your own ideas for Ignite) won’t happen without you. Are you ready to help? Sign up for our volunteer info session below or visit our volunteer page if you can’t make it.

Ignite Seattle Volunteer Info Session

Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm @ The Lab at Ada’s Technical Books, 425 15th Ave E Seattle WA 98112.


(Thanks to our many volunteers who left the team over the pandemic for various life reasons, including: Nicole Steinbok, Sumit Basu, Jenny Bambara, Kent Whipple, Emily Martin, and Daniel Baird)

Ignite Seattle #42 Recap

Thank you for being part of another Seattle Town Hall event! Your support helps us continue to use storytelling to build community and bring people together. A big thank you to Town Hall for making this event possible and safe. 

Need more Ignite Seattle in your life? You’re in luck! We have videos and photos from Ignite #42 ready for your viewing pleasure. Videos from each Ignite #42 talk can be found here. Please share your favorites on social media (@ignitesea #ignitesea). We want these people to have their stories heard by as many people as we can. 

Check out amazing snapshots from the night by viewing our full photo gallery here. Thanks to Brady Harvey and Randy Stewart, our official photographers.

And, the Ignite #42 Speakers Are…

Woohoo – Ignite Seattle #42 is happening Feb 17! We have selected 10 outstanding speakers.

Our speaker lineup (in no particular order):

  • Someone Finally Showed Me How to Walk by Doug Thomas
  • Get Paid to Travel the US Full-Time in an RV by Silvana Clark
  • The G-Word: The Fight for Roma Rights in America by Caren Gussoff Sumption
  • Boatbuilding: A Journey Through a Dying Industry by Dustin Espey
  • A Single Black Women’s Guide to Surviving A Pandemic by Alicia Crank
  • 50 years after Title IX: Women Athletes Deserve Parity by Sara Kiesler
  • Gender Identity: A Parent’s Transformational Journey With Their Non-Binary Child by Melissa Reaves
  • Welcome to the Theatre. Please, Turn On Your Cell Phone. by Carl Sander
  • Book writing tips from a Dyslexic by Anne van Gessel
  • I Don’t Have Imposter Syndrome and Neither Do You! by Ruchika Tulshyan

What to expect at the show:

Our team is so excited to bring back the magic of Ignite Seattle! We all could use the kind of enlightenment, entertainment and joy our community creates through our events. We also want to make the event as safe as possible. Ignite Seattle is going beyond the required safety requirements for our community’s safety:

  • We are capping the event at 30% capacity  
  • Proof of vaccination is required and will be checked at the door
  • Doors and seating open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm
  • Everyone will receive an N95 mask to wear for the show
  • No intermission
  • Show will end around 9pm

Ignite #42 will be different, and it will still be a delight. Join us at Seattle Town Hall on Thursday Feb 17. Buy your tickets today.

If you would rather watch from home, that’s cool too! Sign up for the Livestream (you will get a reminder and the link). 

Last Day for Talk Submissions

We would love for YOU to submit your talk idea to Ignite Seattle, happening on Feb 17 at Town Hall Seattle. Talk submissions are due today (Jan 14) before midnight.  

If you would like some guidance beforehand:

About COVID: We are working to make this event as safe as possible, and we’re going beyond the legal minimum and what many other events do. All our audience members will be vaccinated, and we’re providing everyone with fitted N95 masks and making other changes to the format to reduce the chance of transmission. We expect cases to decrease significantly by the time of the event, but in the meantime speaker training may be online.

P.S. If you would rather be in the audience, you can buy your tickets now to our Feb 17 event with early bird pricing. 

Our Next Host Is…

We are so excited to announce our host for Ignite Seattle #42 is…. Marice Sy.  Wooohoo!!

Marice is a proud transnational living in Ballard. In 2018, they found a home in the Ignite Seattle Team, which shares their values of internationalism and broadmindedness.  Like many of you, Marice has never spoken in Town Hall.

“The Ignite stage is for everyone. I love that anyone can be a rockstar for five minutes, and I get to be the hypeman.” -Marice Sy

Want to know what your hypeman is like? Check out their fantastic open mic Ignite Seattle Talk: The Life-Changing Magic of Firing Marice.

Ignite Seattle #42 Quick Links:

We can’t wait to see you and hear your stories!