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Hank Fincken: A National Theatre Company of One

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Hank’s grandfather
used to say, “Go Back far enough and every successful family begins with a
horse thief. “ Then let’s take it as a given: All historical characters have
serious flaws, just like you and me.  Hank’s
goal in representing famous people from history is not to explore a rosy past
but rather to better understand mistakes while keeping in mind noble intentions
and achievements.  Of my eight original
one-man historical plays, six are appropriate for your venue. 



For thirty
years, Hank has presented historical plays with a bite.  He wants the audience to understand that the
past was as complex as the present and the only way to improve this inherited
culture of ours is to honestly discuss virtues and flaws.   No two performances are the same because all
Hank’s plays are interactive, and they evolve according to the interests of
each audience.  In one play, the main
character says, “The History you get depends on the questions you ask.”



Hank
provides award-winning study guides.  If
the audience (student or adult) comes prepared, Hank can go deeper into the
material.  Hank interprets prepared
students as a sign that the teacher is as committed to the success of the
presentation as he is.  Hank speaks to a
venue representative long before he arrives to make sure he covers the issues
that the teachers and/or audience think are important. 



Hank has added a new STEM component to all his plays. Details
about this, and how his programs meet state standards, are available upon
request.



 



The
Indiana Arts Commission gave him the title of Master Artist, and the Indiana
Theatre Association gave him its Service Award for promoting Theatre throughout
the state.  He has performed all across
this nation and in Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, and Spain.  In the summer of 2019, Hank received his
seventh national Pinnacle Award for his teaching of History and Creative
Writing through video conferencing.  

2018-2019

2016-2017

Honorable Mention

2013-2014

Honorable Mention

2012-2013

2010-2011

2009-2010

Honorable Mention

2008-2009

 

Programs by Hank Fincken: A National Theatre Company of One

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1849: There's Gold in California, I promise

During the last year of his life, J. G. Bruff was punished five times for arriving five minutes late to his twelve-hour/day Washington DC job. The year was 1889 and Bruff was 84-years-old. So, why should you care?Because in 1849, this same man...

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Christopher Columbus: The Shame in the Glory

Columbus has just returned from "Japan" and shares with The Spanish Court (program participants) all he has learned. The Court is permitted to ask Columbus questions about himself or the trip. Mr. Fincken will also discuss the other voyages and...

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CREATIVE WRITING (Traditional Genres: Tall Tales, Myths, Fables and Legends

What makes a tall tale a tall tale, a myth a myth? Why does writing riddles help students better understand poetry and why does writing poetry help students write better prose? Why are drafts and rewriting essential to the writing process? In...

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FICTION and NON FICTION (Learning to Write Well and Read Better)

In this discussion/performance workshop, students discuss the differences between writing fiction and non fiction. The program will be customized depending on the specific needs of the student audience. Hank will give a dramatic reading of his...

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Henry Ford: Driving Force in America

Henry Ford did not begin the automobile industry, but his insights about consumers and manufacturing changed the world as we know it. He was a complex man in a complex time and to judge him you must know something about his background, the world...

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Johnny Appleseed: Cutting to the Core

Johnny Appleseed tells you about his importance on the western frontier. Along the way, he will share funny stories based on his life and experiences. This program is highly interactive. Mr. Fincken has been portraying Johnny for over 20 years...

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Thomas Alva Edison: Man vs Myth

Thomas Alva Edison:  MORE THAN JUST THE LIGHT BULBStarting this winter and all next spring, Hank has added a new dimension to his program on Edison.  With new props and new ideas, Edison can talk about his youth, his first inventions, his many...

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More About This Provider

Type of Organization

Independent Provider of Content

Contact

Hank Fincken   hankfincken@gmail.com
6303 Evanston Avenue
Indianapolis IN 46220
3172553566
United States

http://www.hankfincken.com

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Hank Fincken: A National Theatre Company of One cover:

Social Studies/History
Foreign/World Languages
Career Education
Economics/Business
Language Arts/English
Performing Arts
Sciences
Special Education
Literacy
Writing
Reading
Gifted & Talented

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

"I think your portrayal of my great grandfather, Thomas A. Edison, would make him proud." David Edward Edison Sloane
The University of New Haven

"Your portrayal of Columbus was factual, enlightening and challenging."
Liz Sowell
Imagination Celebration
Fort Worth, Texas

"I feel it was a unique learning experience to be involved with a person who re-enacts anothers life. He was so knowledgeable and effecient that at the end some of my children asked was it really Thomas Edison."
Elementary Educator New York