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 150+ new or first-time storytellers onstage since its inception.
NEWS & UPDATES
Stop looking to dip a toe into storytelling and jump right in! A new round of classes is set to begin in early 2014. The course is affordable, engaging,and fun, culminating in a student show at a Chicago venue. More details here.
Every holiday season, mailboxes across America are assaulted by a flood of family Christmas newsletters. Do they drive you nuts? Have you ever wanted to write one? Christmas Letter Swap is a seasonal writing project that gives you the chance to write one of these obnoxious things for a fictional family, and also to receive 5 fictional newsletters in the mail from other participants. Sign up today!
New Story on Risk! Podcast
I share a new story about my childhood obsession with Freddy Krueger on this month's Halloween-themed 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.
After the huge success of the 43rd Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest two years ago, I am happy to announce that the venue has been set for the next competition. The 25th Annual Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest will take place at The Ravenswood Church of Christ in May of 2014. Audition notice and more details soon!