Distance Learning

History Science Theatre LIVE

Live theatre is a powerful experience that fosters imagination, listening, and empathy. History Science Theatre LIVE brings a live experience directly to students via video conferencing. A perfect complement to distance learning, our professional actors bring science history to life through live storytelling.


In a standard 30-minute session, our professional actor will deliver a presentation that includes a personal story, a STEM demonstration or experiment, and interactive conversation with students, including Q&A. While this activity maintains safe social distancing, we can visit any classroom in the world! Please specify your time zone when booking.


The fee for each standard 30 minute session is $50 USD. Sessions can be customized according to length and content for additional fees.


All standard sessions are perfect for the elementary school level. Sessions can be modified for the middle school level, and modified further still to accommodate socially distant scenarios outside the classroom. Just some examples of online events where our historical scientists have been featured guests: birthday parties, professional meetings, one-on-one conversations with homeschooling students, online awards ceremonies. What’s your idea? Contact us and we can probably make it work for you!

Available characters:

Marie Curie

Portrayed by Sadie Bowman

Nobel Laureate, famous for isolating the elements radium and polonium and coining the term “radioactivity.” Madame Curie tells the story of how she grew up in occupied Poland where it was illegal for girls and women to be educated, then went on to contribute to science in a way that changed our understanding of the universe. She engages students in conversation about elements and the scientific method, and demonstrates how she used chemical reactions to isolate two undiscovered elements from a very interesting mineral.

Isaac Newton

portrayed by Ricky Coates

Mathematician and physicist, best known for his laws of motion and the invention of Calculus. Sir Newton joins your class from his own isolation during the great plague of 1666, when his university and most of London was shut down. He tells students how he used this time to conduct revolutionary experiments and invent a new kind of math! Through visual demonstrations and story, students will learn about force, gravity, and inertia (and the very fascinating behavior of apples). Sir Newton will inspire students about the possibilities of what a curious mind can do even from home.

Henrietta Lacks

Portrayed by Shermona Mitchell

Source of the first immortalized human cell line: HeLa. Mrs. Lacks made immense contributions to medical research, including the development of vaccines, cancer treatments, human cloning and countless other innovations. Only problem is: Mrs. Lacks was never informed or compensated for these contributions, which occurred without her consent. Through storytelling and conversation, Mrs. Lacks will discuss the fascinating ins and outs of human biology as it intersects with the ethics of scientific research, consent and bodily autonomy, and racial justice. While Mrs. Lacks was not a scientist, her contributions to science are enduring and complex, and her story shines a light on the unrecognized scientific contributions of Black Americans.

Nikola Tesla

Portrayed by Ricky Coates

Inventor and electricity pioneer, Tesla will tell the story of his life as a Serbian immigrant in late 19th century America, including his most famous inventions and infamous rivalry with Thomas Edison. Using physical demonstrations, students will learn about the force of electromagnetism and how it is used to power lightbulbs and run motors. He will also demonstrate the difference between direct current and alternating current, and explain how his alternating current changed the world. Students will see a live tesla coil explained by a visionary who was at least a hundred years ahead of his time.

Ada Lovelace

Portrayed by Sadie Bowman

Referred to as “The Enchantress of Number,” this mathematician envisioned the future of computer coding and is believed to have written the first computer algorithm in 1842. Lady Lovelace will joyfully share her imaginative fancy for mathematics with your students, and describe the basics of computing as she innovated it in the mechanical age. She also addresses the unique circumstances of her life as the daughter of a celebrity, and the way her limited opportunities as a woman intersected with her immense privilege as a member of England’s aristocratic class. She encourages your students to embrace math as a flight of the imagination.

George Washington Carver

Portrayed by Les Kurkendaal-Barrett

Biologist and agricultural scientist, best known for his innovative work with food crops. Dr. Carver will tell his story of life as a Black scientist in the aftermath of the American Civil War, and his ceaseless curiosity about plants, flowers and nature. His experimental scientific work developed growing techniques that innovated access to food in the rural South and championed compassionate and responsible stewardship of the land. He will share a botanical demonstration and speak to the wonders of the natural world.

Galileo Galilei

Portrayed by Ricky Coates

Astronomer and mathematician, Galileo is best known for discovering moons of Jupiter and arguing the solar system is heliocentric (or sun-centered). Galileo will tell the incredible story of how he used scientific methods to disprove the prevailing theories of his time, and how his unpopular ideas landed him in big trouble. Students will learn about the motion of falling objects, the phases of planets and moons, and how what we observe can teach us about “this grand book, the universe…written in the language of mathematics.”

Caroline Herschel

Portrayed by Sadie Bowman

Astronomer, first woman to discover a celestial object, first woman to earn a salary as a scientist. Best known for her work as a duo with her brother William, Caroline’s story tracks a rise from humble, working-class beginnings to an unexpected role as an eminent astronomer. Along with her brother she developed techniques to track and catalogue the night sky using emerging telescope technology by which they discovered numerous comets, nebulae, and a brand new planet! Students will experience an optical demonstration and learn about light pollution. Miss Herschel’s story will inspire students with the enticing music of the night sky.

Matheatre’s Science History Mysteries

Episode 1: Schrödinger's Cat

A live, interactive puzzle adventure that plays out over text message. Groups of up to 20 work together (from wherever they are) to use chemistry knowledge to rescue a curious kitten from a very suspenseful box! A live character texts with the group, sending pictures and media to lead them through an interactive adventure similar to an escape room! Participants need a smart phone with WhatsApp installed. Participants will identify atoms, learn about radioactive decay, and experiment with cat chemistry. High school level chemistry knowledge recommended. 

Science History Mysteries
Stuck in this box. Halp

Playing on Fridays

Matheatre Presents

The Historically Inaccurate
(But Scientifically Relevant)
Comedy Show

Imagine Ada Lovelace managing a social media campaign, or Nikola Tesla on a matchmaking app. What discovery will a scientist uncover in today’s unboxing video? Will Pythagoras get to keep his TikTok channel? Matheatre Presents The Historically Inaccurate (But Scientifically Relevant) Comedy Show communicates real STEM content while riffing on the details of the time and place. 


For programming with honest to goodness historical integrity, see History Science Theatre LIVE, History Science Theatre Podcast, Curie Me Away! Tesla from the Machine, Voyagers.

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