Megan Wells began her career as an actress and director in Chicago. She also worked as a communication consultant to Fortune 500 companies. A lover of words, Megan helped executives craft presentations with great care for the structure, rhetoric, and dynamic of words carried from mouth to ear.
After a workshop, an enthusiastic client said, “You should tell stories,” and suggested a trip to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. There, Megan discovered the art of storytelling. After sharing a personal story at the open mic, Megan was approached by the MC, Rafe Martin. A featured teller at the festival, Rafe asked, “Are you a storyteller?” Megan replied, “I don’t even know what that is!” Rafe replied, “You are.”
At the end of the weekend, Megan found Rafe and asked, “What do I do to become a storyteller?” Rafe advised, “Find stories you love and tell them.”
Megan has been following his sage words ever since.
Megan is a respected and experienced story and theater artist. She is known for creating an intimate storytelling atmosphere, infusing her characters with living souls, and delivering the experience with delicious theatrical timing. Author and Professor Rives Collins says it best:
“Megan Wells is both intimate and epic in equal measure.”
An award-winning storyteller, Megan performs in museums and symphonies, enhances education for thousands of children, entertains families in festivals and libraries, and helps executives, actors, and storytellers craft powerful stories to effect change.
With more than forty years of experience, Megan has developed an extensive story repertoire. Perhaps, her daughters describe her most accurately:
“Mom’s a storytelling jukebox. Put a quarter ‘n pick your favorite!”
Megan is also among the top literary storytellers in America. As the Artistic Director of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, Megan was granted permission by Ray himself to perform his works. Additionally, she is equally comfortable in the jazzier domains of Chicago’s current spoken word explosion.