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Living History Portraits of Amazing Women



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In each miniseries, six to eight women are stunningly portrayed in her own words by veteran actor and women’s historian Elaine Partnow. The woman are individually introduced by Partnow so that audiences have a context, an historical perspective of her life and times.

The following are also available live:

I’m Nobody, A Visit With Emily Dickinson

A unique interaction with the poet, who engages the assembly in a lively discourse on several of her better-known poems, including her famous riddle poems, and answers questions about her quiet life in Amherst, Massachusetts.  

A Lovely Light, A Visit with Edna St. Vincent Millay

The dynamic poet regales the assembly with tales of her glamorous life in Greenwich Village in the Roaring Twenties, sprinkling several of her better-known poems amidst her stories, including the famed “Renascence” and several of her best sonnets.


Elaine has also written a two-act one-woman play, which has been produced in several cities. With lighting cues and musical transitions, it is a full-scale production, available under special arrangement.

Hear Us Roar, A Woman’s Connection

A ninety-minute, two act play presenting a vast array of women from around the world in a memorable, informative and entertaining context, with music, an imaginative stage setting, and costumes.

Note: for live performances, presenters may use the above selections, or pick the women they want for a customized program.

Available on the Internet or on DVD

(Running time: 53 min.)

Global Women Speak - Shot on realistic locations in authentic costumes.

Murasaki Shikibu, Juana Ines de la Cruz, Sarah Winnemucca, Sojourner Truth, Golda Meir, and Benazir Bhutto (also

Available live)

Future mini-series,

available live now!

American Women Speak

Julia Ward Howe, Katherine Lee

Bates, Elizabeth Cady Stanton,

Susan B. Anthony,

Eleanor Roosevelt

Hispanic Women Speak

Dolores Huerta, Gabriela Mistral, Saint Teresa of Avila, Emilia Pardo Bazan, Dolores Ibarruri, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, Queen Isabella, and Eva Peron.

Jewish Women Speak

Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein, Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem, Ray Frank, Sophie Tucker, Hannah Senesch, Henrietta Szold, and Gluckel of Hamelin.

Literary Women Speak

Ursula K. Le Guin,  Dorothy Parker, Rachel Carson, Gertrude Stein, Louise Labe, Erica Jong, Murasaki Shikibu, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Grace Paley.

Women in the Healing Arts Speak

Clara Barton, Margaret Sanger, Florence Nightingale, Sister Elizabeth Kenny, Rosalyn Yalow, Wilma Scott Heide, and Alberta Hunter.

Women in Entertainment Speak (& Sing)

Phyllis Diller, Mae West, Uta Hagen, Lotus Weinstock, Dorothy Fields, and Sophie Tucker.

Women of Wit Speak

Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, Roseanne Barr, Rita Rudner, Totie Fields, Lotus Weinstock, Grace Paley, Dorothy Parker, and Gertrude Stein.