The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman

The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman

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Take a glimpse at an American Hero, Harriet Tubman, as she takes you on a trip via the Underground Railroad and relates it to illiteracy today. Make the PROMISE to Help on the NEW UNDERGROUND READING RAILROAD! Also "Meet Mrs. Rosa Parks" - the late "Mother of Civil Rights"


Educational Entertainment -Teaching history via theatrics! Trained professionals go inside the schools and colleges to teach history, social science and humanities to students and instructors via actual historical characters.Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux (Actor/Storyteller/Playwright) a graduate of the performing arts who has performed for audiences for the past 30 years attempting to teach history via theatrics. Her portrayal of “The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman in Escape to Freedom” has been recognized and accepted as one of the regional programs for the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Study for the Intermountain Region in 2004. This artist portrays a variety of historical characters from the pages of history books and provides performances to colleges, schools, churches conferences and festivals. She is a recipient of the prestigious OTTO Award for Political Theater in New York City at the Rene Castillo All Stars Project for her work with incarcerated youth in Houston, Texas. Her new show, “Meet Mrs. Rosa Parks” was a finalist in last year’s Diversity showcasing at the college level and her performances are continually requested by a multitude of universities/colleges, community organizations, corporate and military entities. Her newest show tells the story of Bessie Coleman, the first African American Female pilot, in “Queen Bess” and her riveting account of “Cathay-The Female Buffalo Soldier”

Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux-Historical Re-enactor/Lecturer
This Actor/Storyteller/Playwright has performed for over 40 years in various venues throughout the U.S. such as Coastal Georgia, Alcorn State, Jackson State University, University of Houston, Prairie View University, Texas Southern University, Lon Morris College, McNeese College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Blinn College, University of Southern California, Fort Hood, TX, DuSable Museum in Chicago, IL, Blacks In Wax Museum- Baltimore, MD, Southern University, Temple University, Tinsley Temple, and The Paul Roberson House-Philadelphia, PA, NAACP Annual Conventions (Washington, DC last performance July 2006), Fort Riley, KS, The D.E.O.M.I. Military School, African American Museum of Philadelphia, UJIMA Black Theater-NYC, Harriet Tubman Home-Cambridge, MD, UGRR Symposium-Greenwich, NY, Long Island, NY, Jefferson City, MO and Portland, ME. She began Flying Geese Productions in 1997 to teach history via theatrics, as well as encourage literacy and enlighten her audiences on historical facts. Take a trip back in time as M. Waddy Thibodeaux takes you on a journey into the past to make sense of today’s issues. Her thought-provoking lecture/re-enactment programs are followed with a Q&A, interactive discussion with the audiences.


SEE PICTURES IN MEDIA - Harriet Tubman (Melissa....) answers questions from Megs Smith (8) and Cade Smith (5) after a performance at the Crossroads Theater in Studio City, California.

Photo Credit: Brigman Foster-OwensCD - The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman (Maine UGRR-CD)- Lecture and Performance - 2006

"Harriet Tubman" at the Rothko Chapel, Houston, TX- Available in Audio-CD and Video-DVD - 2005

DVD- "The Resurrection LIVE in Hollywood"-Classroom Performance - 2006

BOOK - The Underground Reading Railroad by M.W. Thibodeaux - A look at what our children of today know about their history- 2005

"The Story of A Saint Named Harriet Tubman" by M. W. Thibodeaux - 2004

"American Herstory-Pt. 1"- The Story of Black Women involved in the U. S. Military - 2007

Set List

Most presentations are designed to give little-known facts about the operation of the Underground Railroad and this program is sanctioned by the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, Interpretative and Educational Department - 45 minutes to 1 hour.