Leslie McCurdy 2017-08-02T14:19:13+00:00

Project Description

Leslie McCurdy

Harriet is my Hero – Performance

Booked in combination with The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, this interactive performance introduces primary students to the remarkable life of Harriet Tubman. Leslie explores Harriet’s heroism with students using dolls to re-create aspects of her life as a leading abolitionist and “conductor” on the Underground Railroad.

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman – Performance

This extraordinary play, written and performed by Leslie McCurdy, depicts the entire life story of Harriet Tubman, the African-American abolitionist slave who led so many of her peers to escape slavery through the Underground Railroad. Students learn of the faith and conviction that drove Harriet to follow her dreams and the connection between the spirit of the past and present.

Things my Fore-Sisters Saw – Performance

Written and performed by Leslie McCurdy, this one-woman play introduces audiences to four Black women who affected significant social changes in Canadian History.  This docu-drama portrays real historical events, collected from primary and secondary sources, to share remarkable stories from the lives of Marie-Joseph Angélique –a slave from Montreal, Rose Fortune –the first female police officer in Canada, Mary-Ann Shadd – the first Black female newspaper publisher in Canada, and Viola Desmond, who’s fight against segregation is to be honoured on the Canadian ten-dollar bill in 2018.

Booking Inquiry

Curriculum Connections

  • Celebrating leading figures in Canadian and American Black History
  • Using voice and body language to portray different characters

Booking Details

School Fee: $750.00 + HST (Spirit or Fore-Sisters); $1,140 + HST (Spirit + Hero)
Audience Size: 250 maximum (Spirit or Sisters); 80 maximum (Hero)
Grades: K-2 (Hero); 3+ (Spirit), 5-8 (Fore-Sisters)
Language: English
Availability: Limited

About Leslie McCurdy

Named Outstanding Performing Artist of Windsor, Ontario, Leslie McCurdy has been touring with her historic plays for over fifteen years across Canada and the U.S. Her brilliant solo performances are at once educational and inspirational and leave a lasting impression on all who experience them.

“Her performance was brilliant and inspiring. We felt that Harriet Tubman visited our school. We were captivated by Leslie’s storytelling techniques.”

Teacher, Toronto

“Leslie is a brilliant writer and performer: she had our kids mesmerized from the moment she entered. They were enthralled not only by the content of her story, but by the incredibly varied delivery. Really, it is one of the most outstanding performances we have been fortunate enough to enjoy at our school. Leslie’s question and answer period added tremendous depth to their understanding and she handled their questions with respect and thoughtfulness. The children – boys and girls alike – want to talk about nothing else today! The study guide was a wonderful tool. It enabled the students to bring an understanding of the background and vocabulary to their experience, and as I write this, they are debriefing the key messages in class with their teachers.”

Ms. Young, Principal, Private School Toronto