An accomplished actress and historian, and executive director of the Louisa May Alcott House in Concord, MA, Jan Turnquist brings Alcott and other important women from American History vividly to life. In her Inter*Act performances, she comes in character, tells stories full of audience participation, and answers students questions, providing a unique and insightful experience of history.
Jan has led teacher workshops at numerous sites including the Wang Center in Boston and Old Sturbridge Village, and has performed internationally at sites such as: Old South Meeting House in Boston, the Martin Van Buren Historical Site in Kinderhook, NY, Winter Chatauqua in Florida, and the American School in Mexico City and she has performed for first lady, Laura Bush.She has presented her work under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Women’s Council, the National Park Service, and Continental Airlines and has performed at numerous libraries, schools, and universities.
Jan has also appeared in several BBC productions including Blue Peter, Britain’s longest running children’s television show, Book Worm, and the BBC’s Open University programs. Jan has appeared on “This Old House” with Norm Abrams on PBS and on “Chronicle” with Mary Richardson on WCVB.
I wanted to thank you again for arranging the Inter*Act performances for Harvard Elementary School. Jan was wonderful and enthusiastically received by students in all six grade levels and the teachers as well. She very deftly tailored her program to each grade level.
An amazing performance that captivated the audience.
Jan truly captivated her entire audience – from 3rd graders to teachers. She had the perfect mix of history, drama, and interactive fun. Phoebe Emerson was FANTASTIC and we’re going to have her come visit us again this year!