Storyteller, Instructor, & Producer
Scott Whitehair is as passionate about hearing your stories as he is about telling his own.
As a performer, he has brought his dynamic blend of vulnerability, humor, and insight to dozens of venues throughout the Chicago area, ranging from the backrooms of neighborhood taverns to the world-famous Steppenwolf Theater. He has also appeared on NPR, WGN Radio, and in such festivals as Fillet of Solo, Printer's Row Lit Fest, and The Chicago Improv Festival. Scott's effortless delivery and likable stage presence have made him an in demand fixture of the Windy City's burgeoning live literature scene.
As an instructor, Scott is empowering. Over the last several years, he has lead dozens of workshops and classes for diverse groups of all ages, from theater camps to corporate seminars. No matter the environment, his goal is always the same: to help people discover and develop their own unique voices as storytellers, and to introduce them to the tools and techniques that will aid them in reaching their fullest potential.
As a producer, Whitehair has made it his mission to spread his love of storytelling and create as many opportunities for fellow Chicagoans to share their own stories as possible. Currently, he produces four critically-acclaimed reoccurring story series in the Chicago area, including This Much Is True, the city's most intimate storytelling showcase, and Story Lab Chicago, which has put 250+ new or first-time storytellers onstage since its inception.
NEWS & UPDATES
Stop looking to dip a toe into storytelling and jump right in! The April class is now open for registration. The course is affordable, engaging,and fun, culminating in a student show at a Chicago venue. It is capped at 6 so that participants get tons of stage time and individual feedback. More details here.
In March, I will once again be offering one of the workshops I designed for my teaching trip to Hong Kong, Filling The Pantry: Generating Ideas and Mining For Material in Personal Storytelling. This 3-hour session is a great way for anyone of any experience level to uncover and begin to work with new material for his or her stories. Details and sign up here.
Beginning in April, Do Not Submit Chicago, an exciting new series of storytelling open mics, will take place monthly throughout Chicago in an effort to include and truly represent the city's diverse people, neighborhoods, and communities in the city's rapidly expanding storytelling community. No pressure, no judgment, and no experience necessary. I am thrilled to be producing these events, and hope to see you out at one of them soon. Click here for full details.
I am excited to announce that I have been appointed to the board of directors for the National Storytelling Network. It is an incredible honor to be have the opportunity to work with NSN, as they are at an exciting point in their evolution as the country's premier organization advocating for the growth and preservation of the art of storytelling. More details as I learn the ropes and get to work!
Story on Risk! Podcast
I share a new story about my childhood obsession with Freddy Krueger on the Risk! Podcast with Kevin Allison. I am thrilled to once again be included on such a quality show alongside some supremely talented people. Listen here.
A Little Conversation
I was fortunate to sit down with superstar storyteller Beth Horner recently to capture some of her wisdom for Chicago Artists Resource. Beth is an amazing performer, mentor, and friend who has been incredibly generous in giving her time and attention to the recent wave of new storytellers. This interview is worth a read for anyone even slightly interested in the preparation or performance of oral stories. Check it out.