Emily Lapisardi’s Historical Impersonations are a continually expanding repertoire of first-person portrayals of notable women. These presentations are not dramatic readings or scripted monologs. Careful attention to research and development of total personalities make each woman come vividly and realistically to life. Detailed reproduction clothing and authentic artifacts are integral to the portrayals.
Historical Impersonations do more than present biographical information through first-person portrayal. The subject’s body of work or area of expertise is demonstrated– Jenny Lind sings, Gertrude Rapp raises silkworms.
While all of these portrayals can be given as structured presentations, less formal approaches—such as spontaneous conversations or question-and-answer sessions—have also proved successful. Each performance is tailored to the particular interests of the audience, and no two presentations are ever exactly alike.
Emily Lapisardi has been a featured speaker at museums, historical societies, educational institutions, festivals, fundraising events, and reenactments in nine states and the District of Columbia.
“Miss Lapisardi, in her performance, captured the style of speech, gestures, and, most difficult, spirit of the times.”
-Mike Jones, DeRidder, Louisiana
“You are an extremely talented actor and your acting skills, commitment to authenticity and research, and your truly gorgeous clothes made it an absolute joy to work with you.”
-Kathryn Coombs, CEO, Heritage House Productions (http://www.HeritageHouseProductions.com), 1st AD, “Spies in Crinoline”
“You are indeed an enchantress.”
-Amanda Ohlke and Anna Slafer, Education Staff at the International Spy Museum