George’s performing career includes working as a professional storyteller for audiences of all ages. For many years, he has brought his love of stories and of performing to public schools in and around Boston where he worked as an artist educator for grades K-8. In recognition of his teaching skills, he was selected as a Master Artist Teacher by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
For several years, he acted with the Museum of Science’s Science Theater, where he performed in the Planetarium as Galileo and in the Theater of Electricity as Nikola Tesla, in addition to acting in a play celebrating the scientific genius of Leonardo da Vinci. His original, one-person shows include a performance based on the letters of a 19th century English immigrant in Lowell, MA and a fictional monologue drawing from actual events during the first Gulf War in 1991.
George has performed in many of Boston’s theaters, including the American Repertory Theater (ART). As a member of the cast in ART’s Alcestis, written and directed by Robert Wilson, George traveled to Paris to perform in the annual Festival d’Automne. He is also a writer and award-winning poet. His published works include both fiction and nonfiction titles for educational publishers. He is particularly proud of the books he wrote for a science series. His most recent writing accomplishment is a series of hardcover books exploring aspects of colonial New England.
He was very good! Very convincing, and he was a great example for our students of a deep, creative thinker. He brought out Einstein’s humanity and humor, in addition to his off-the-charts intelligence. There were many excited questions from students at the end, dealing with speed of light and time travel, etc. that he did a nice job with. He was so convincing that we actually had to explain to some of our students afterward that he wasn’t the REAL Albert Einstein!
In my three years of coordinating various enrichment programs, I have rarely had as much positive feedback as I did following George’s performance. . . His talent and teachings have certainly inspired and stimulated the ‘storyteller’ in our students.
George Capaccio premiered his one-person performance of Albert Einstein at the Walpole Public Library on the evening of April 6, 2015. He was outstanding! He kept a large audience in rapt attention, including some pre-teens, for more than an hour. He assumed the persona of Albert Einstein, Time magazine’s “Man of the Century”, recounting his youth in several European countries, his failed marriage, his Nobel Prize, and especially his “special” and “general” theories of relativity– all the while speaking in his native accent. He was both insightful and funny. One member of the audience came up to me and said we (the library) should have him back. And a youngster told one of the library staff afterward that Albert Einstein was his favorite person. High praise indeed. Needless to say, I couldn’t have been more pleased.
Albert Einstein came to life on the NewBridge (on the Charles) stage tonight! George Capaccio entertained the audience as Albert Einstein, inviting them into “his” home on Mercer Ave in Princeton, N.J, sharing stories about “his” life with reflection and humor. At the end of the performance, NewBridge members became participants in the story, asking Professor Einstein questions about science and his opinion about unfolding world events in 2016. George’s answers reflected how well he had prepared and his ability to stay in character. It was an entertaining and informative evening!
George, The Warwick Arts Council wants to express its appreciation for your tremendous performance on Saturday night. You wowed them! The ideas, stories, accent were enchanting and really made us feel like we were in the presence of Einstein.
George, I want to express my thanks for your recent portrayal of Einstein at our campus. This was a special event intended to supplement my summer physics course. As in past years, my students learn the basics of relativity theory. This summer, however, they were able to learn, through your performance, about the man behind this theory. It humanized the science and gave them a historical perspective on Einstein’s work, his personal story, and the challenges he overcame. This is something too often lacking in academic science courses. My students enjoyed your program and the opportunity to ‘meet’ Einstein, himself. They enthusiastically recommended we do this, again, for future classes. Our campus director, staff and older OLLI students also expressed their appreciation for attending what one participant called your ‘remarkable performance’. You, indeed, have an uncanny ability to draw the audience into Einstein’s study for a visit with this great historical figure. It was a moving story interlaced with Einstein’s humor and genius. Thank you, again, for contributing to my students’ education and a successful campus program.