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 February class has sold out, but the next session 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.
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!
Holiday Writing Project
IT'S BACK! Chicago's weirdest holiday writing project returns this December, with another opportunity to get creative and receive fun mail. The Second Annual Christmas Letter swap invites you to create one of those obnoxious holiday newsletters for a fictional family. In return, you receive weird, hilarious newsletters from five other faux families in your mailbox. Get more details and sign up today.
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.