Megan Wells Storyteller

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Megan Wells Resume

Touring Storyteller: 1992 - Present

Custom Designed Story Programs

Sample Venues

Theaters: Saltbox Theater Collective, 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, Speak Story, Story Space, Artists Standing Strong

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

Churches: First Presbyterian of La Grange, Oak Grove Presbyterian (MN), Shepherd of the Hill (MN), United Methodist of Naperville, Westminster 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 Institute, Chicago Field Museum, NYC's Scandinavia House

Clubs and Venues: Uncommon Ground, Celtic Pub, International Club of Lake Forest, Ragdale Arts Society, Mrs. Murphy's Pub with Scott Whitehair, Gorton Center of Lake Forest


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


Guest Artist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra: 2012 - Present

Megan writes stories and performs with four members of the CSO for the Once Upon a Symphony program. These stories are inspired by classical folktales, including:

  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Goldilocks
  • Abiyoyo
  • Three Little Pigs
  • Stone Soup

Story Consultant for Unleashing the Leader: 2007 - Present

Megan teaches the art and craft of storytelling to organizational leaders.

Children's Playwright & Director: 2006 - Present

Megan writes and directs plays for elementary school-aged kids. Scripts are available by request and include the plays:

  • Riddle Quest
  • Firebird
  • Bog Moon
  • Ravens and Writing Desks
  • Alice!
  • Oz
  • Juliet's Potion
  • Mermaid's Lagoon

Theater, Playwright, & Director: 1986 - Present

  • The Miracle Worker - Director, Village Players
  • Alice! - Writer/Director, BRAVO 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 - Present

  • Turn Here Sweet Corn - Atina Saltbox Theater Collective, Chicago (Jeff Nomination for Solo Performance)
  • 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
  • Twelfth 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
  •, Hand Model - Website

Experience & Education

  • Artistic Director - Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, 2007 - Present
  • Artistic Consultant - Madison Street Theater, 2011 - Present
  • Artistic Associate - Absolute Theater, 1987 (Won the Joseph Jefferson Directing Award)
  • Communications Consultant - Instructional Services Group, 1986 - 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 - 2005
  • Storytelling and Presentation Coach - Coaching/Workshops, 2001 - Present
  • Software Trainer - Computer Concepts USA (Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, 2010)
  • Presentations Consultant - Ovation Communications, 2013 - Present
  • Storytelling Coach, 2014 - Present