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The American Historical Theatre provides world-class Historical Characters and Interpretations. We provide over 100 characters and a variety of programs, and we tour all 50 states and Europe. To inquire about a character or to book an event, please call us at 215-625-0986 or:

Eliza Powel

Eliza Powel

Upcoming Event! Eliza Powel: A Moral Dilemma
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Powel House, Philadelphia, PA

It is 1792, and Philadelphia socialite, Elizabeth Powel has learned from her dear friend, President George Washington, that he is intending to resign the Presidency of these United States. Though it may seem somewhat presumptuous, she has crafted a letter aimed at persuading him to remain in his post. Join with Eliza in discussion about the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and friends, to speak one’s mind even in a situation fraught with potential perils.

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The Philadelphia Cultural Fund

Support for American Historical Theatre has been made possible in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, enhancing the cultural life and vitality of the City of Philadelphia and its residents for 20 years.


Upcoming Events

Christian Johnson Comes Out of Retirement

Sun, Mar 8 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Bessie Coleman: Fly! Bessie! Fly!
Madison Library, 39 Keep Street, Madison NJ
The inspiring life story of Bessie Coleman, the first African American Aviator, and her obstacle filed journey to fulfilling her dreams. This one hour presentation includes time for questions and answers. Free and open to the public courtesy of the NJ Council for the Humanities. 973-377-0722

Mon, Mar 9 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Jefferson and Adams at Branchburg Central Middle School
Branchburg Central Middle School
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams will engage in a lively discussion with 8th grade students. Sponsored by the Jacobus Vanderveer House.

Mon, Mar 9 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Rosie the Riveter: We Can Do It!
1st Presbyterian Church of Cranford, 11 Springfield Ave, Cranford NJ
Rosie the Riveter: “We Can Do It”: A one hour program highlighting the new roles women took on during WWII and their eventual return to traditional roles once the fighting was over. Free and open to the public courtesy of the NJ Council for the Humanities. 908-403-6324

Tue, Mar 10 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
Thomas Jefferson
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1601 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460, United States
Thomas Jefferson charms students of Paradise Canyon Elementary School with stories of his life and experiences through the Rev War and beyond. A Private event

Wed, Mar 11 6:30 pm-7:30 pm
George Washington
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, 1601 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460, United States
George Washington engages students of Paradise Canyon Elementary in conversation and gives them an accounting of his like and times, with a muster of the troops to support the cause a probable outcome. A private event

Additional Events

Christian Johnson as Governor NewellWe are delighted to announce that Christian Johnson, an AHT favorite, has come back. Johnson who has captured the attention of audiences all over the country (and additionally in Paris) decided a few years ago to retire from the interpretive world to focus his attentions on home and other matters. Johnson is known predominantly for excelling in performance as Abraham Lincoln, and William Penn, but had a long list of characters under his belt including Charles Wilson Peale and Governor William Livingston. Though Johnson has decided to perform only as his latest obsession, Dr. W. A. Newell, we consider ourselves very lucky to once again add him to our roster of talented performers.

About Dr. Newell: Dr. William Augustus Newell, a former US Congressman from Monmouth County, served as Governor of New Jersey and was the private physician to President Abraham Lincoln and his family. In 1848 Newell passed an act to create the United States Life Saving Service, now known as the US Coast Guard, along the coast of Monmouth County. In 1860 President Lincoln appointed him the superintendent of the Life Saving Service.  Close friends with the Lincolns, he escorted Mary Todd Lincoln to her summer vacation, at Long Branch, a year later.


Celebrate Women in March!

March is Women’s History Month, which is a great opportunity to celebrate some of the fascinating women who have contributed to our nation’s history. ¬†American Historical Theatre provides a wide range of characters who can showcase the extraordinary contributions of these women at any event. Book an intriguing Historical Interpreter Today!

March (Women’s History Month)

  • First Ladies:
    • Grace Coolidge
    • Eleanor Roosevelt
    • Abigail Adams
    • Martha Washington
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Alice Paul
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Rosie the Riveter
  • Clara Barton (Civil War Nurse)
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin)
  • Deborah Read (wife of Benjamin Franklin)
  • Juliette Gordon Low (founder of the Girl Scouts)
  • Rosa Parks
  • Sojourner Truth (Abolitionist and Women’s rights activist)
  • Oney Judge (Washington’s Runaway Slave)
  • Madam CJ Walker (First Female African American Millionaire)
  • Bessie Coleman (first female African American Aviator)
  • Phyllis Wheatley (first female African American poet)
  • Harriet Tubman