Megan Wells
Storyteller

Spoken Word for Inspiration Innovation and Insight

Circle of Excellence Winner

YOUR venue as well as:  

National Festivals

Regional Theaters

Chicago Symphony

 

"You ROCK!"

Yo Yo Ma

 

Megan Wells as Jane Austin in A Voice of My Own at EverGreen Theater

megan@meganwells.com

888.821.0456

RESUME


TOURING STORYTELLER:  1992 until Present

    Custom design story programs.  (See product page for list of stories.)

    Sample Venues:

Theaters:  Skokie Theater, The New American Theater, EverGreen Theatre, Woodstock Opera House, Madison Street Theater, Oak Park Festival Theater, Island Theater (Bainbridge Island), Chiesa Nuova

Festivals: Illinois Storytelling Festival, Foxtales Festival, Rock River Festival, National Storytelling Festival (Tennessee), Spirit in the House (Minneapolis), Minnesota Fringe Festival, Indiana Arts Storytelling Festival (Indianapolis), Bay Area Storytelling Festival (California), Jungle Tales Festival (Minneapolis), Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Wild Onion, Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, Chicago Celtic Festival, Oklahoma Storytelling Festival, Taste of Chicago, Joseph Campbell Society, Schaumburg Prairie Center Festival, Sterling Festival

Orchestras/Choral Groups:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago a capella, Glen Ellyn's Children's Chorus (Anima), Old Town School of Folk Music

Churches:   First Presbyterian of La Grange, Oak Grove Presbyterian (MN), United Methodist of Naperville, Westmintster Presbyterian (IN), Unitarian Universalist of Oak Park, St. Peter's Cathedral, United Methodist of Lake Forest

Museums:  Chicago Art Institute, Chicago History Museum, National Hellenic Museum, Oriental Institue, Chicago Field Museum, NYC’s Scandinavia House, 

Clubs and Venues: Uncommon Ground, Celtic Pub, International Club of Lake Forest, Ragdale Arts Society

Radio: WTTW ARTBEAT, WBEZ, US99

Women's Clubs, Libraries, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges


GUEST ARTIST for CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:  2012 until Present

Write and perform for the Once Upon a Symphony program.  Story concerts, created from classical folktales, are performed with four members of the CSO.

Story Concerts:  THE UGLY DUCKLING, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, GOLDILOCKS, ABIYOYO, THREE LITTLE PIGS, STONE SOUP

 

STORY CONSULTANT for UNLEASHING THE LEADER:  2007 until Present

Teach the art and craft of storytelling to organizational leaders.

 

CHILDREN'S PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR:  2006 until Present

Write and direct plays for elementary school age.  (Scripts available by request.)

Plays:  RIDDLE QUEST, FIREBIRD, BOG MOON, RAVENS AND WRITING DESKS, ALICE!, OZ, JULIET'S POTION, MERMAID'S LAGOON

 

THEATER/PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR:  1986 until Present

The Miracle Worker          Director/Village Players

Alice!                                   Writer/Director/BRAVO program Oak Park

Ravens and Writing Desks             Writer/Director/Ogden Drama Club

Mermaid’s Lagoon                          Writer/Director/Ogden Drama Club

Oz!                                                  Writer/Director/Ogden Drama Club

The Case of Juliet’s Potion             Writer/Director/Ogden Drama Club

Bog Moon                                        Writer/Director/Ogden Drama Club

Firebird!                                           Writer/Director/Ogden Drama Club

The Riddle Quest                                Village Players Summer Theater

                                                        Writer/Director/Ogden Drama Club

Go Down Moses Director/Chicago a cappella

Seventy Scenes from Halloween        Director/Buffalo Theater

A Letter to Maria Writer/Director/Theater of Western Springs

The Yellow Wallpaper Writer/Palace Theater, England

Writer/Director/Theater of Western Spring

In the Wake of the Welded Director/Theater Building Chicago

Cenci Writer/Director/Off-Loop Theater Festival

The Assignment     Director/Theater Building Chicago

Good                                         Director/Theater Building Chicago

Ruffian Under the Stair Director/Theater Building Chicago

 

ACTRESS/PRINT MODEL:  1986 to Present

Hamlet, understudy Gertrude                     Oak Park Shakespeare Festival

Botanic Gardens, Kate                                        Citadel Theatre

A Voice of My Own, Various Roles                        EverGreen Theatre

Love Letters, Melissa                                 Citadel Theatre, Village Players

Twelth Night, Olivia                                          Theater of Western Springs

A Few Good Men, Jo                                       Theater of Western Springs

Artoud at Rodet, Muse                                        Blind Parrot Theater

No Exit, Estelle                                                  Stage Left Theater

Backpedaling, Mom, short Film directed by Sebastian Lamas       Tribeca Film School

Streamline, Mom, short film directed by Dan Marcus                   Independent

Internet Commercial, Business Mom                        Revolutionary Tracker

Big Witch, short film directed by George Pitstolis                    Independent

Past Lives, directed by Georgia Makely                                  Independent

Walgreens, Nurse Practitioner                                                     Print Ads

Aleve.com, hand model                                                                 Website

 

Artistic Director, Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, 2007 to present

Artistic Consultant, Madison Street Theater, 2011 to present

Artistic Associate, Absolute Theater, 1987 (Won the Joseph Jefferson Directing Award)


MFA, Illinois State 1985

BFA, Illinois Wesleyan 1981

Communications Consultant, Instructional Services Group, 1986 to 1996

Acting for High School, Brooks Middle School Summer Program, 2014

Theater Teacher, New Trier High School, 1982

Adjunct Faculty: Northeastern, DePaul University, Columbia College, 1999 to 2005

Storytelling and Presentations Coaching/Workshops, 2001 to present

Software Trainer, Computer Concepts USA, Microsoft office 2003, 2007, 2010

Presentations Consultant, Ovation Communications, 2013 to present