Megan was an excellent presenter and the Ovation course is designed in such a way that it is "sticky," meaning memorable. ...Megan was so positive and non-judgmental that she put everyone as much at ease as we could be given the nature of the exercise.
Senior Major Gifts Officer
Megan Wells has been coaching executives and performers in crafting effective stories for over two decades. An actress, director, and a nationally touring Storyteller, Megan’s long form performances are akin to one-woman shows. Her most popular touring programs include Helen’s Troy, Dracula, Mary Magdalene, and Wizard of Oz. Megan also wrote and performs a touring story/musical Fire in Boomtown, which has won the EdPress Distinguished Achievement award, the Parent’s Choice Gold, and the 25 Best of 25 Years (also for Parent’s Choice). As a Guest Artist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Megan writes and tells for their popular "Once Upon a Symphony" program. Megan earned a BFA from Illinois Wesleyan and an MFA from Illinois State University, and won a Joseph Jefferson Award for excellence in Directing.
What is your favorite moment in the training room?
My favorite moments in training are all variations on the theme of truth telling. There is a moment when the trust in a room reaches critical mass. One of the attendees will risk a more honest level of presence -- protection drops a notch and out comes a “truth.” These truths name a conflict or distrust or disbelief or frustration. Then a deeper training comes into play. All of us learn on levels. Trust is the elevator that moves the learning further up or down from the exit door.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
In 2008, I experienced Shingles on the right top quadrant of my face. Blisters from tip of nose to a Frankenstein forehead were an assault to my vanity. Then, the blisters attacked my right cornea. Surviving this is NOT my greatest achievement. My greatest achievement occurred a year later. One Monday afternoon, after bumping into the dishwasher for the 104th time, since I was now depth impaired from the cornea scarring, I swore out-loud to the heavens, “WHY??!!!” The answer rose from my being, a new thought, a new way of perceiving everything. The answer was, “Why not?” I can’t explain it fully, but I laughed myself to a stomach ache (yes alone in my kitchen like some crazy woman). I let go. I just simply let go of the thought that I was a victim of anything. Now, to the best of my ability, each day, I respond to challenges with as open a mind as I can muster. Grateful for all of it. Challenge and delight.
Which talent would you most like to have?
How I long to play the piano! To have 88 notes to play and combine -- to bring forth the music of classical greats, jazz fire, ragtime delight, Sondheim passion. Yep. Piano.
What can’t you start your day without?
I cannot start my day without walking my dog. It would be cruel. He did not choose to be a non-bathroom entity – he requires grass, bushes, flowers, any size pile of sticks, and new smells in the air. When I am out of town, I wake in hotel rooms and reach with my left hand to feel for him.
What is your hidden talent?
I’m mildly psychic and can read tarot. Really. I do not fly on a broom, but I can usually discern how a person’s innermost longing can be weeded and gardened to full bloom.