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
Hong Kong, Here I Come!
I am honored and excited to announce that I will be traveling to Hong Kong this fall to teach workshops at Story Worthy Week, headlined by David Sedaris. In preparation for the trip, I am offering a unique workshop in Chicago at much less than normal cost, in order to fine tune it for my new friends overseas. Learn more about this offering here.
NEW - November Class
Stop looking to dip a toe into storytelling and jump right in! The September class has sold out, but November 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.
The 25th Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest was a huge success, with over 450 people packed into Ravenswood UCC for an evening of outrageous stories, stellar music, and more than a few surprises, including a full wedding-style reception after the show. Thanks to everyone who made this year's contest a night we will never forget. See you in two years for the next one.
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.