Jane Austen Speaks

Debra Ann Miller as Jane Austen
Invite Jane Austen to speak at your school assembly, museum, library, or Jane Austen themed special event.  Available as a 30 to 60 minute performance, let Jane Austen speak to you about her life, loves and family.  Drawing from Jane Austen's letters, novels and Juvenilia, Jane speaks to you from Chawton Cottage in the autumn of 1815.  Her first three novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park  have been published, and Emma is complete. 

Actress Debra Ann Miller portrays Jane Austen in the most vibrant and hopeful time of her life. 

Debra Ann Miller has been an actress, and voice over talent for over 25 years.  She has toured the country with Child's Play Touring Theatre, Artreach, and the Reading is Fundamental program, as well as working in Chicago theatres including The Organic, Royal George, Noble Fool and Victory Gardens.  In 2004, Debra won the Best Actress award at the Chicago Indie Fest for her first film Zen Noir .
In addition to portraying Jane Austen, Debra is currently touring the country in
With Lincoln Production's 'Visiting  the Lincolns' and Mrs. Lincoln's Salon , as Mary Todd Lincoln, and as
Louisa May Alcott in Noble Discontent.

Debra has
been working as an historical impersonator for the last 15 years.
Contact Debra Ann Miller at janeaustenspeaks@gmail.com

Jane Austen Speaks

Ideal for School or Library Assembly

Invite Jane Austen to "pay a call" to your organization or school. The author delights students with stories about the people and events that influenced her life. Through engaging conversation with her "hosts" and quotes from her letters, juvenilia, and novels, Jane Austen speaks about her childhood in Steventon, her brothers and beloved sister Cassandra and her writing. By the end of the presentation, the audience will know more about  Miss Jane Austen the woman, as well as the author. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions both during and after the performance, so encourage students to come prepared.

This educational program is suitable for grades 4 and up.
(30 minute running time) Question & Answer follows. Study guides available

Upcoming events

February 25- Creative Cakes
Noble Discontent- Louisa May Alcott
Tinley Park, IL
Creative Cakes Event Page

March 1 Westchester Public Library
Jane Austen Speaks
Westchester , IL
Westchester Public Library Website

March 4- Downers Grove Woman's Club
Jane Austen Speaks
Downer's Grove, IL

Downer's Grove Woman's Club Webpage

March 12- Morton Grove Woman's Club

Jane Austen Speaks
Glenview Park Golf Club
Glenview, IL

MGWC Facebook Page

April 22- Windsor Park Retirement Community

Habit and Hope- Tea with Dolley Madison
Carol Stream, IL

Windsor Park Events Page

May 7- Cherry Valley Public Library
Jane Austen Speaks
Cherry Valley, IL

Library Website

May 9- Kenosha Civil War Museum
Mrs. Lincoln's Salon
Kenosha, WI
Kenosha War Museum Website

November 15- Palos Heights Public Library
Jane Austen Speaks
Palos Heights, IL

Palos Heights Adult Programs

                  people are saying…
“I didn't have enough time to rave to you about how wonderful you were, and that goes for the script as well as the performance, both of which were superb.”
Jeff Nigro
Area Coordinator for the Greater Chicago Chapter of JASNA

“You are now my Jane.
 Everyone I spoke to agreed that you were the highlight of the day.  And yes, you not only delight, but you educate.”
Dr. Elisabeth Lenckos
Director of Programs for the Jane Austen Society of North America Greater Chicago Region and a Chawton House Library Research Fellow 2009-2010.
 “I just wanted to let you know once again how blown away I was by your performance.  You were super as Jane!  Not only was your acting fantastic (you were Jane Austen), but you did a stupendous job with your script.  Thank you for a wonderful experience.”
Patricia Wieber
Debra Ann Miller as Jane Austen

Just Jane
45-60 minute one woman performance

Call upon Jane Austen in the autumn of 1815 at her home, Chawton Cottage. Her first three novels, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park are published, and Emma is complete.  Jane visits with you at this, the most vibrant and hopeful time of her life.  Drawing from her letters, juvenilia, and novels, this one hour performance delves deeper into the personal life of one of the most beloved and intriguing novelists of the 19th century.  Learn about her exotic cousin Eliza ,her mentor and friend Madame LeFroy and the loves and losses that shaped her life and informed her perception of the world.  Suitable for both the casual reader of her novels and the most devoted "Janeite", Just Jane can be tailored to fit your time constraints and is appropriate for meetings, fundraisers and Teas.

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