Welcome Director Merlin Bell


Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is pleased to announce that Merlin L Bell has joined the Collective as the inaugural Steward Family Foundation Director.

Merlin Bell is a social justice artist early in a very promising career.

He grew up in North St. Louis and graduated from Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. Bell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from Denison University in Ohio in 2015 and a Master of Arts in Theater in 2017 from Fontbonne University.

He has gained experience at the Shakespeare Festival, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis Repertory Theater, Inspire St. Louis at Wyman, the Nine Network, and at the Missouri History Museum where he worked on the Civil Rights exhibition through performance and work with their teen theater group.

The video shows Merlin’s first day at Saint Louis Story Stitchers on January 5th, 2019, where Open Auditions for the Pick the City UP Tour were taking place.

Our sincerest thanks to the Steward Family Foundation, Ken and Nancy Kranzberg, Yvette and John Dubinsky and the many friends who are joining in to help make the directorship a reality.

We are super excited and ready to grow!!!