Bob Gleason was trained in Theater by performing in 60+ productions at West Chester University, where he became almost a “cult figure.” Mr. Gleason’s acting was further enriched by his service as a Psychiatric Aide at Norristown State Hospital. A member of the Army’s Special Services Chorus, Mr. Gleason shared his four-octave vocal talents as a goodwill ambassador touring the US and Germany.
Joining the American Historical Theatre as James Wilson in 1991, the Bicentennial for the Bill of Rights. Mr. Gleason had been portraying this Founding Father for the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge since 1985. But Gleason terms his meeting with AHT’s William and Pamela Sommerfield as a turning point in his personal and professional life. In-depth historical research and audience interactivity have become hallmarks of Mr. Gleason’s historical portrayals.
Since 1991, Bob Gleason has been AHT’s “go to guy” – If you need it, Bob can do it! Over the years, Mr. Gleason has been featured at the White House Visitor’s Center, Ford’s Theatre, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Constitution Hall, the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, Mask & Wig, Elder Hostels, Bartram’s Garden, Betsy Ross’ House, the General Warren Inn, and the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge. Bob has been especially popular at schools, museums, historic sites and libraries throughout the United States. He’s now performing for the children of children he previously educated and entertained.
Characters portrayed by Bob Gleason: John Bartram, Alexander Graham Bell, Christopher Columbus, Thomas Edison, Galileo Galilei, William Howe, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, Samuel Morse, Thomas Paine, Charles Willson Peale, William Penn, Edgar Allan Poe, David Rittenhouse, Benjamin Rush, Gilbert Stuart, Baron von Steuben, Mark Twain, John Wanamaker, James Wilson, John Witherspoon, Frank Lloyd Wright