Women in History
Anne McEvoy as Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Anne McEvoy joined Women In History in 1998 and currently portrays Abigail Adams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Annie Sullivan, and Amelia Earhart.
Ms. McEvoy has found that WIH has provided her with the opportunity to combine her lifelong love of performing with her newfound love of history. “Until recently I had never felt much passion for history unless it related to a play I was working on. Now I can’t seem to get enough of it. Women in History affords me a rare forum for combining so many of the things I love to do – from the research and writing and costuming, to the actual portrayal with a live audience. I only wish I could have learned history in this multi-dimensional kinesthetic way when I was a kid. It would have been so much more engaging.”
Ms. McEvoy is a full-time writer/editor for the Creative Division of American Greetings, Inc. Her background is in theater, receiving a BA in Speech and Drama from Ursuline College and working for over 40 years in the varying capacities of director, playwright, composer, lyricist, choreographer, and actor in professional and community theater in the greater Cleveland area. In 1975 she co-founded Cornucopia, Inc, a non-profit organization that offers vocational opportunities, job training, and placement to mentally and physically challenged adults. Cornucopia currently owns and operates Nature’s Bin, a Lakewood health food market and deli. She has two sons and three daughters, all pursuing divergent career paths and with whom she has written her “favorite chapters of family history.”
Memorable Women in History Moments
“My favorite memories are almost always from the question and answer period that follows each presentation. There’s no controlling what will be asked and it’s always a coin toss to as to whether you’ll know the answer. Sometimes the most difficult questions come from our younger audiences who’ve just read a book about the character I’ve just portrayed. Many of our older audience members have shared their own accounts of meetings, mutual friends, and little known fascinating facts about several of our characters which is always a thrill for me as a performer. I find that the question and answer session is a win-win situation. If I know the answer it’s like winning on Jeopardy. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find it before I perform again, and my portrayal will become that much better.”