WOMEN IN HISTORY - ACTRESS PROFILE - LISA WILEY
Charlene Connors' favorite character is Cassie Chadwick because she is the most “infamous” woman that she performs. “Not only is the costume I wear for Cassie is wonderful, but I can be absolutely outrageous when I portray her!” Since joining Women In History in 1995, Ms. Connors has become an Executive Board member and coordinates all of the performance dates. WIH is important to Ms. Connors because she loves history and WIH allows her to express her love of history, especially women’s history, in a very unique and special way. She enjoys constantly reading about and researching the life stories of the various women she portrays. “I feel privileged to be able to provide the voice of the brave and courageous women in American History whose voices, sadly enough, have been forgotten.”
Ms. Connors attended Cleveland Public Schools, graduating from South High School. She has a degree in Special Education from Cleveland State University. She currently lives at Morningside, a 55+ retirement community in Lorain, with her husband Tom. Ms. Connors loves "The Arts" and is currently the secretary of the Lorain Arts Council. She spends many wonderful hours visiting with her four grown sons and their families especially her twelve precious grandchildren.
Memorable Women In History Moments
“I will never forget the feeling I had when I was researching turn of the century Cleveland author and poet Sarah Knowles Bolton at the Cleveland Public Library. In their archives they had a box of her original writings, copies of journal entries and several books that are no longer in circulation. Consequently, when I portray Sarah, I know I am giving the audience her authentic 'words' that were lost for so long.
I also experience ongoing 'memorable' moments, with each performance. Inevitably there is someone in the audience, oftentimes a child, who all of sudden looks at me with big bright eyes and somehow I know that I have connected with that person. I realize that probably for the first time history is coming alive for them and they finally have an understanding that women have also contributed to the history of our great nation.”
Figures Portrayed By Charlene Connors