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 July 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 8 so that participants get tons of stage time and individual feedback. More details here.
In May, I will be offering a brand new workshop in Chicago, called Making It Happen: Producing and Hosting the Live Storytelling Event. This 3-hour intensive is a great way for anyone of any experience level to learn all the tricks and techniques to putting on a live event. 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.
Fox Valley Folk Festival
I am thrilled to announce that I will be a featured performer this upcoming Labor Day weekend at The 39th Annual Fox Valley Folk Festival Folk Music and Storytelling Festival, one of the biggest of its kind in the Midwest. Details for this year's fest are not up yet, but check the site periodically for full details.
Nice Write Up
Thanks to Kim Steele and Amy Danzer at New City for the thoughtful, well-written article on the work I have been doing lately. Check it out 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!
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.
On the Road Again
In August, I have the honor of joining my good friend and colleague David Fink to teach a weeklong course in storytelling at All Hallow's College in Dublin, Ireland. I am unbelievably excited to make my first trip to this amazing country full of stories and storytellers, and can already taste the Guinness on my lips. More details as they become available.