WOMEN IN HISTORY - ACTRESS PROFILE - RUTH PANGRACE
Ruth Pangrace joined Women In History in 1998 and portrays Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady Florence Harding, Puritan Ann Hutchinson, Civil War spy Elizabeth (Crazy Bett) Van Lew, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Molly Pitcher, gossip columnist Louella Parsons and Empress of Modern Art Louise Nevelson. "Women in History gives me an opportunity to explore and discover notable women's stories that often are buried in our nation's history. Sharing these stories with audiences of all ages is an exhilarating experience. Also, I love the spirit of sisterhood among the Women in History actress educators. Their talents, dedication and passion never cease to amaze and inspire me. I am so grateful to be part of this group!"
Ms. Pangrace has a BA in Art Education K-12 and a M.Ed in Gifted Education. She currently teaches social studies and history at Harding Middle School in Lakewood Ohio in addition to coaching Power of the Pen, Middle School Mock Trial and Middle School Academic Challenge teams. She resides with her husband in Rocky River Ohio, has three grown children and two grandchildren. The entire family enjoys sailing and are always on the lookout for new female historical characters to develop and shopping for vintage clothing and hats to wear!!
Memorable Women In History Moments
“My most memorable moment was my first performance, an ensemble presentation with four characters each telling her story in turn, except that my cue line was accidentally dropped and the performance ended before I actually shared my dramatization. I wasn’t sure what I should do. After an awkward, frozen moment, the actress playing Bessie Coleman finally stood up, strode across the stage right up to me and asked, “So what is your story?” I knew from that moment on that even though there could be rough spots, this was a group of women that would be there to help each other in any circumstances.”
Other memorable moments occurred while answering children’s questions as Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. “How long was that book? Did her kids have to read it? Is that your real hair? What is under that skirt that makes your behind look so big?”
Figures Portrayed By Ruth Pangrace