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
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.
On November 5th, I will be producing The Last Ever Chicago's Biggest Liar Contest. In this immersive, theatrical storytelling experience, 10 of the city's finest storytellers will meet up in a top secret doomsday bunker to duke it out with their biggest whoppers and tallest tales. You've never seen storytelling like this, and you never will if you don't reserve a spot today, as the event is almost sold out! Click here for full details and ticket sales.
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!
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.