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Hank Fincken

About the artist

For the past 30 years, Indianapolis-based performer Hank Fincken has toured the country with eight original one-man plays based on famous people from history, including, Johnny Appleseed, Thomas Edison, Christopher Columbus, the 49er J.G. Bruff, Henry Ford, Francisco Pizarro, and Richard Crowley, the prosecutor at Susan B. Anthony’s 1873 trial on woman’s right to vote. Hank has an M.A. in English from Indiana University, served three years in the Peace Corps, and has published more than 30 short stories, poems, and essays on his historic characters, the creative process, and the arts. “Students who encounter my work get to see how the arts make curriculum come to life,” Hank says. “I work to find new ways to challenge them, just as I seek new ways to challenge myself.” Meanwhile, Hank views his role as a teaching artist as complementary to that of teachers. “Teachers are my colleagues and teammates, while students remind me that I am still a student, and we share the joy of discovery.” To learn more about Hank, visit his website.

Programs

HENRY FORD: FIT TO A “T”

Performance

He didn’t invent the automobile; he invented the automobile industry.  His $5 a day wage made the working class middle class.  In this one-man play, Ford dealers from all over the country have come to Detroit to learn about the man’s latest life-changing car, the Ford V-8.  Was he a saint?  Hardly, but his work continues to influence us all as much as any pioneer in US History.  (grades 4th-12th)

This program meets standards in Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $375 Double: $688

A POCKETFUL OF ROCKS

Performance

In this one-man play, an 1849 Argonaut and a modern dad travel The California Trail in search of gold and self-understanding.  With the help of historical slides, period paintings, contemporary photographs, and the audience’s suggestions, the true wealth of the country shines brighter than any metal.  (grades: 3rd-12th). 

This program meets standards in Critical Thinking Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $375 Double: $688

FRANCISCO PIZARRO: TO SERVE YOU

Performance

If you are teaching World History or just want to understand how the Conquistadores changed the world, this one-man play is for you (5th – 12th).  The conqueror of the Incas was brave, committed, and ruthless.  His search for gold cities reminds us of the best and worst in ourselves.  

This program meets standards in Critical Thinking Social Studies South/Central Amer. & Carribean Culture World History & Culture
  • Grades: 3-56-89-12
  • Length: 44 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $375 Double: $688

“Almost, Mr. Edison, Almost”

Performance

Students will be transported to the 50th anniversary of the incandescent light bulb, meeting Thomas Edison in an interactive performance. Students will find out why Edison celebrates his failures as much as his 1,093 patents.

This program meets standards in Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $375 Double: $688

Johnny Appleseed

Performance

You know the myth, but you may not know how important he was to the pioneers moving west. This is storytelling in theater form, blending man and legend into one. Presentation varies depending on the age of students.

This program meets standards in Indiana History Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $375 Double: $688

Christopher Columbus

Performance

Columbus sailed west in 1492 with faulty information. Today his journey is both celebrated and condemned. What makes him so controversial? This is a performance that will encourage your students to ask thoughtful questions.

This program meets standards in Social Studies U.S. History & Culture World History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $375 Double: $688

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