Spend an hour with Harriet Beecher Stowe or Anne Bradstreet, the first poet of the new world. Talk with abolitionists Sarah Grimke and her sister Angelina, as they reminisce about their lives as former slave holders.
Susan Lenoe specializes in portraying women in history. She engages the audience in her stories as she explores the forces that triggered her characters to push beyond the restrictions of their lives and to act in ways that changed the world. "I am passionate about these extraordinary women. I want to know what gave them the courage to do what they did."
Harriet Beecher was trying to augment her family's income when she set out to write the serialized story that became Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her skill was in writing, her children were young, so she sat a the kitchen table and wrote, a little each day.
Anne Bradstreet penned her poems by candlelight, as her family slept at their home in the wilderness of 17th century New England.
Sarah Grimke, at the age of eleven, taught her personal slave to read and write.
When we explore the lives of these pioneering women, we shed light on the history of their times and we realize the ways that they are really much like us.
Susan Lenoe holds a degree in English and Drama from Barnard College in New York City. She is an actress and storyteller who has appeared at the Three Apples Festival, Sharing the Fire, the Bread and Roses Festival, Minnowbrook Storytelling Conference in New York State, and the prestigious Connecticut Storytelling Festival. She performs stories and one-woman shows throughoutNew England.
Her portrayals of note include: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Anne Bradstreet, and Alice Buck, early leader in the land preservationist movement. Recently, she and Lani Peterson developed and are performing The Grimke Sisters: Turning the World Upside Down. This presentation has appeared at schools and historical societies throughout Massachusetts. The Grimke Sisters was picked to perform at the National Endowment for the Humanities sponsored week-long workshop, "The American Lyceum and Public Culture."
Honors include a Best Supporting Actress Award at the New England Community Theater Conference and an award from the Andover (MA) Preservation Commission "for bringing history to life through her interpretation of Andover's historical characters."
Lenoe is also known for her imaginative work in bringing story to very young children. She presents a weekly storyhour (A Rollicking Good Time!) at the Andover Bookstore in Andover, Massachusetts.
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