Performing History: How to Research, Write, Act, and Coach Historical Performance addresses those areas that are of greatest challenge to novice historical performers. Historical performers must approach the process that is their work with a respect for both subject matter (the people who made the decisions that lead to what we call history) and for audiences, whatever the knowledge level they bring to the subject. That respect requires careful, on going research (to wear the mantle of authority), while also recognizing that none of us will ever know everything there is to know (the mantle is lined with humility). It requires the crafting of stories that will interest targeted audiences, and the skill to tell those stories in a compelling manner.
Performing History is crafted for people who want to develop a first person narrative, those who have created a first person narrative but want to make it better, and those who want to help others develop first person narratives--museum and historic site volunteer coordinators, program and education curators, and, of course, those who wear many hats in small staffs. It is also for teachers, parents, and partners who are providing support for historical performers.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 266
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 238 x 157 x 25 mm
Performing History: How to Research, Write, Act, and Coach Historical Performances is an excellent follow-up to Telling History. Sorting through many sources of information and deciding what to use and how to use it was difficult for me as a beginner in historic interpretation. I found Chapter 2: 'Overcoming Fear of Research with Historians' Powerful Tools' especially helpful in resolving these issues. Overall, the information contained in this book has given me tools to strengthen my interpreter skills. -- Roberta Perkins, historical interpreter
Performing History is infused with the joyful creativity that Ann and Joyce have consistently brought to historical performance for many decades. Whether you are a beginning performer, a seasoned one, or a presenter, you will find a wealth of helpful tips and inspiration for your work here. -- Bill Adair, director, Exhibitions and Public Interpretation, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage