Massachusetts
Profile Type: Creative Business
NEFA Grant Recipient
Creative Business
History At Play

History At Play was founded in 2010 to chronicle the lives of influential and often forgotten women and continues to produce immersive living history performance experiences for audiences of all ages across the nation.  The performance repertoire currently includes seven solo performances and 2 ensemble performances with original scripts researched, written, and produced by History At Play's Artistic Director and Founder Judith Kalaora.  Kalaora is a professional writer, actress, educator, and living historian. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, where she graduated Magna cum Laude, and attended the Globe Education Program of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, in London, England.  History At Play is woman-owned and operated with a commitment to employ artists from the Northeast region.  Our troupe currently consists of 10-15 performers and adminstrative staff.

Some of the historical eras and subjects portrayed include:

Solo Peformance

~ American Revolutionary War (A Revolution of Her Own! Deborah Sampson)

~ American Revolutionary War, The Seige of Boston, Battles of Lexington & Concord (Rendezvous with Rachel Revere)

~ War of 1812, Burning of the White House, Madison Administration, Bipartisanism (Chit Chat with The Presidentess Dolley Madison)

~ Abolitionism, Civil War, and Women's Suffrage (I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone)

~ World War II (World War Women: The Unsung Heroines of WWII)

~ Hollywood, World War II, Technology (Tinseltown Inventor: The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Hedy Lamarr)

~ Education, Civil Rights, Space and Technology (CHALLENGER: Soaring with Christa McAuliffe)

Ensemble Performance

A Downton Experience Dinner Theatre

~ The House of Hancock: Hamilton Inspired History 

Clients include but are not limited: The National Park Service, The Bob Dole Institute of Politics, The United States Daughters of the War of 1812, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the New-York Historical Society, Partners Healthcare, Brandeis National Committee, The Paul Revere House, Old South Meeting House, Boston Public Library, Arts Escape, Asa Waters Mansion, The Freedom Trail Foundation, Newton Community Education, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Newbridge on the Charles, Orchard Cove, Fox Hill Village, Amazing Things Arts Center, Ashland Historical Society, The Cabot Theatre, Wood Memorial Library and Museum, MIT Endicott House, Hampshire House (Cheers), and many more.

For more information, visit us at www.HistoryAtPlay.com and follow us on social media: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HistoryAtPlay/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/historyatplay

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/historyatplay/

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Judith
Job Title/Position: 
Founder, Artistic Director, Principal Performer
Mailing Address: 
History At Play
P.O. Box 120233
Boston, MA 02112
Physical Address: 
P.O. Box 120233
Boston, MA 02112
Last Name: 
Kalaora
Phone: 
617-752-2859

About

Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - History
Humanities - Literature
Multi-Disciplinary
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
2010
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
300
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Solo Together
Massachusetts Tenant Assistance Program
Rev250
Massachusetts Cultural Council
Stage Source
Education: 
Syracuse University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theatre
Syracuse University, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Language and Culture
Globe Education Program, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, England
Awards: 
Massachusetts Cultural Council Award Recipient
Bob Jolly Charitable Trust Grant 2014, 2015, 2016
United Solo Theatre Festival Official Selection 2015
Sea Station Shakespeare Competition (Adult Winner)
2019 Dr. Bobby Gilmer Moss Lectureship Series Award, The South Carolina Sons of the American Revolution
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
No Technical requirements
Fee Range Minimum: 
$600
Fee Range Maximum: 
$2,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
8

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Literature
Theater
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
Adult Education Instructor
Artist in Residence in MA schools (Cedar School, Hanover; Wrentham Elementary)
Fee Range Minimum: 
$50
Fee Range Maximum: 
$250