Middle School - High School

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.

The Backstory Program is an interactive, live, creative history lesson for middle and high school students. Actors visit classrooms and other venues to bring historical characters to life. Each performance includes a talkback with the actor(s) and our helpful study guide for further classroom exploration. Pre- or post-show sessions with our talented teaching artists can also be arranged.

Backstory 2020: Americans Who Tell the Truth

For the upcoming 2020 school tour production of Backstory, Syracuse Stage Education proposes to partner with nationally recognized playwright Nambi E. Kelley, New York based storyteller Daniel Carlton and American portrait artist Robert Shetterly. They will create a production drawn from the work of Shetterly’s “American’s Who Tell the Truth” portraits and narrative series. These portraits share the stories of Americans from all walks of life who have made a change in their community and the country. 


Commanding Space – The Rise of Annie Easley and the Centaur Rocket
By Stephanie Leary
Directed by Joann Yarrow

For more information contact:

MiKayla Hawkinson
Community Outreach and Education Assistant

"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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