Commanding Space – The Rise of Annie Easley and the Centaur Rocket
By Stephanie Leary

For more information contact:

MiKayla Hawkinson
Community Outreach and Education Assistant

PRICING: $400 for one performance, $750 for two. $100 distance fee for performances over 50 miles away. 

The Backstory program is a live, interactive and creative history lesson for upper elementary students through adults. Actors visit classrooms and other venues to bring historical characters to life. Audiences have the unique opportunity to interact with the character following the performance.

Roughly 45 minutes in length, each performance includes a talkback with the actor(s). Our helpful study guide supports further classroom exploration.

Pre-or post-show sessions with our talented teaching artists can also be arranged.
Backstory invites students to step back in time for an interactive classroom experience with a featured historical character portrayed by a Syracuse Stage artist-in-residence.

"When people have their biases and prejudices, yes, I am aware. My head is not in the sand. But my thing is, if I can’t work with you, I will work around you. I was not about to be discouraged that I’d walk away. That may be a solution for some people, but it’s not mine.”

Spoken by Annie Easley, those words defined how a young African American woman worked to break gender and color boundaries while excelling for 34 years in a field dominated by white men. Easley was a ground-breaking rocket scientist, mathematician, and computer engineer who worked on the Centaur rocket project and early versions of batteries for hybrid vehicles.

Backstory 2018





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