John Muir: Father of The National Parks

by  Actors Company

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John Muir: Father of The National ParksJohn Muir (1838-1914) was a brilliant inventor who went through a life changing experience to become one of the world’s most recognized and impactful conservationists.  His writings have inspired millions to take to the outdoors, and rediscover the beauty and importance of nature. Using passages from Muir's own works, and a depth of research into his life and times, award-winning playwright/actor J.T. Turner celebrates the life of this great American immigrant, philosopher, writer, known as the Father of The National Parks. This is a first person dramatic performance that will transport you from Muir's childhood in Scotland, through his years as an engineer, inventor and explorer, to his fight to preserve the wilds of America. Run time: 45 minutes plus Q/A.

From the organizer of J.T.'s 7/16/20 premiere performance of John Muir: Father of Our National Parks: 
"The audience was enraptured, me included! Your demonstrated knowledge of the subject matter, quality acting, and overall professionalism are admirable and appreciated." - Becky Vitkauskas, Programming & Collection Development, Storrs Library

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Point to Point: $280.00
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45 min - 1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Leadership, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Social Studies/History, STEM, Writing

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Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Actors Company

Waltham, MA
United States

The Actors Company's professional teaching artists offer original, engaging, historical and literary character-based shows, as well as customized workshops in theater topics and mindful & creative movement. 

Our highly interactive programs support educational objectives in ELA, HSS, STE, SEL, performing arts & physical literacy, in schools, as well as life-long learning goals in community settings. Our carefully researched historical & literary shows are presented in period costume, and all our programs are adaptable to specific curricular, developmental, and scheduling needs. 

TAC was founded by J.T. Turner (SAG-AFTRA, AEA), an award-winning professional writer, actor, director, and educator, and is managed by Marci Diamond (MPA, SAG-AFTRA, AEA), also a professional teaching artist/performer. Additional programming is provided by Marisa Diamond (BFA, SAG-AFTRA, AEA). 

All our teaching artists have extensive performance and teaching experience, both virtually and in-person, working with film and theater companies, universities, schools, senior communities, museums, universities, corporate and government clients, and non-profits. For more information: www.jtturner.org www.diamondcircus.com www.marisadiamond.com

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Program Details


Historical interpreter/actor visits with participants and shares his life story and discusses his writings with them, followed by a live question and answer period with the playwright/performer/teaching artist.


Participants will develop an appreciation of :
-the natural world and human relationship with it
-a 19th century immigrant's journey from curious child to world-renowned author and conservationist
-the origin of U.S. National Parks and their relationship to a global ecological conservation movement that continues today