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Meet Nic Wehrwein, playwright and 2014 SHOUT OUT! Cast Member!

Nic Wehrwein

NIC WEHRWEIN received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of New Mexico and his BA in History from North Central College in Naperville, IL.  Having participated in theatre from a young age, it wasn’t until his junior year at North Central that he discovered his love for dramatic writing.  What started out as a hobby soon turned into a passion.  Because of the encouragement of friends, Nic continued writing, slowly teaching himself the craft of dramatic storytelling.  He eventually wound up at the University of New Mexico where he met the people who would forever impact his writing.  Upon receiving his MFA, Nic moved back to Chicago to make an impact on the artistic community that originally inspired him.  He is the co-founder of Coffee & Whiskey Productions with his writing partner Matt Diel (www.facebook.com/coffeeandwhiskeyproductions).  The rest, as they say, is history.  You can reach Nic at wehrwein82@yahoo.com.

Nic is a former student of mine and Diane McFarlin’s and we were THRILLED when he agreed to speak at the SHOUT OUT!  We know you’ll love him as much as we do!

  • What is your educational background? I went to Kaneland from kindergarten all the way up through high school.  From there, I went on to North Central College in Naperville, IL.  After receiving a BA in History, and realizing that I hated my job/life, I applied and got into the University of New Mexico’s Dramatic Writing MFA program.  I received my MFA in 2011.
  • What do you want to be when you grow up? In other words, what do you do for a living? I work at Vivid Seats to pay the rent, but my real job is being a writer of plays and screenplays.  I am also the cofounder Coffee & Whiskey Productions (facebook.com/coffeeandwhiskeyproductions), which puts on free play readings, booze drinkings, and conversation having productions in Chicago.
  • Do you have a favorite story (that you’re not telling for the SHOUT OUT) that happened to YOU during your education? I probably can’t tell those stories without receiving some sort of amnesty or waiver.
  • Do you have any favorite teachers? In chronological order: Nancy Pederson, Mr. Richmond, Diane McFarlin, Ken Dentino, Barney Callahan Carin Silkaitis, Matt McDuffie, and Brian Herrera.
  • What subject in school was your LEAST favorite and why? Economics…because I just don’t care.
  • Who do you feel is the hardest working person in an educational system and why? Anyone who fights the bureaucracy and red tape…because it’s endless and unrelenting.
  • What teacher in your life would you like to hear from during a future KAI SHOUT OUT? I’d love to hear from Barney Callahan; he was a riot.
  • Did you walk to elementary school or ride a bus? Any funny memories?  I rode the bus for the most part.  As for stories, again, probably can’t tell you …
  • What excites you the most about education? Opportunity to make yourself better in ways that you didn’t think you could.

Nic will share his story, What I learned from Professor Orange Chinos, on Monday, November 17th at 7:00 pm in the Kaneland Auditorium.  All tickets are $5 at www.kaneland.org or at the box office.

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