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 diverse venues all over the world, including Steppenwolf Theater, the historic Green Mill, NYC's Webster Hall, and The Woodstock Opera House. He has been featured at festivals and conferences across the country, and has been seen/heard on NPR, PBS, WGN Radio, FOX-TV, Sirius XM, and The Risk Podcast. He is a two-time Moth Slam winner and runner up at The 2012 Windy City All-City Story Slam Championship. Scott's work ranges from the heartbreaking to the hilarious, and he has personal stories for both an afternoon with a child in your lap and a late night with a cocktail in your hand.
As an instructor, Scott has lead hundreds of workshop and class sessions for diverse groups of all ages, from theater camps to corporate seminars. His independent monthly class has been selling out every month since 2012, and he has facilitated training for Loews Hotels, RW Baird, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Chicago Cares, Price Waterhouse Cooper, and many more. He has been a guest instructor at DePaul University, Northwestern University, Loyola University, IO Chicago, The Latin School, and The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. His private coaching clients have included a Fortune 500 CEO, nationally known speakers, and grandparents. In 2014, he was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Worthy Week, headlined by David Sedaris. No matter the environment, Scott's 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 as possible for his neighbors to hear and share stories. He is the producer of This Much Is True, one of the city's longest running personal narrative series, creator of Story Lab Chicago, which has put 450+ new storytellers onstage since its inception and was recently mentioned in Forbes and Newsweek, and founder of Do Not Submit, a citywide network of open mics with the goal of building empathy among neighbors through story. He has also produced numerous large-scale special events, including The Chicago's Biggest Liar Contests, and is frequently asked to provide his production talents to private performances, organizational showcases, and corporate events of all types.
NEWS & UPDATES
June Class Now Open
Have you been interested in a storytelling course to help you on the stage, in business, or just over drinks with friends? This 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, and the course culminates in a class performance More details here.
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.
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!
Hot Off The Press
The Chicago Tribune recently ran a feature article on the thriving storytelling scene in Chicago, and I was featured, alongside Story Lab and some other wonderful tellers and events in the windy city. Read it 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!