Fred Morsell


Fred Morsell         Fred Morsell's professional acting career spans more than thirty-eight years, and includes seasons with The Actors' Theatre of Louisville, The Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center, The New York Shakespeare Festival, the McCarter Theatre of Princeton, and other regional theatres throughout America, where, among other roles, he has starred as MACBETH and OTHELLO, He has appeared both on and off Broadway in numerous plays and musicals, and has an extensive background in film and television. His television credits include the role of Frederick Douglass in the CBS Bi-Centennial production, WE, THE WOMEN, as well as appearances in HILL ST. BLUES, L.A. LAW, SCARECROW AND MRS. KING, and soaps such as GENERAL HOSPITAL, ANOTHER WORLD and ONE LIFE TO LIVE. A lyric baritone, Mr. Morsell has sung leading roles in 21 operas. For several years in Los Angeles, Mr. Morsell was the weekend announcer for the Los Angeles PBS Affiliate, KCET.
        Acclaimed across the United States for his portrayal of Frederick Douglass, Mr. Morsell performed at many of the nation's Frederick Douglass centennial celebrations, staged throughout 1995, most notably as the performer of choice for the National Park Service Celebrations in Washington, D.C. In 1994, he was featured on the BILL MOYERS JOURNAL, delivering Frederick Douglass' last great speech, "THE LESSON OF THE HOUR." Of that performance (February, 1994) THE NEW YORK TIMES said, "Even 100 years later, sadly enough, the speech goes right to the very heart of the black experience in America. The standing ovation given to Mr. Morsell, whose sonorous voice stems in large part from his background as a lyric baritone, is clearly and deservedly heartfelt. In addition, Mr. Morsell has performed his play, PRESENTING MR FREDERICK DOUGLASS at many other nationally-recognized sites, such as Harper's Ferry, Gettysburg and the Seneca Falls National Historic Parks, as well as The Chautauqua Institute in New York State.
        Fred Morsell began working on Frederick Douglass in the Fall of 1984, when a black clergyman friend asked him to help develop alternative programs for inner city youth which would help them to find a sense of self-respect and belief in themselves, as an antidote to the frustrations of drugs and hopelessness in which they were living. Fred read NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE, Written by Himself. The book, in his words, "practically blew me away. It read like a screenplay, because Douglass' descriptions of the events of his life were so visually intense and dramatic. The images literally jumped off the page at me. I thought to myself, Wouldn't it be wonderful just to read Frederick Douglass' words to a group of nine or ten year kids, and see if they could become inspired to do with their lives what Mr. Douglass did with his?"
        Since 1984, Fred Morsell has become a scholar on the life and times of Frederick Douglass. He performs his one-man, two-act play, PRESENTING MR FREDERICK DOUGLASS for colleges, civic groups, churches and regional theatres; tours the country with school versions of the full-length play for public, private and jail schools; delivers speeches by Frederick Douglass in churches, at universities and for public occasions; and leads seminars and workshops on improved black and white relations, through his non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, FREMARJO ENTERPRISES, INC.
        Mr. Morsell has been an actor, director and teacher with the Terry Schreiber Studio in New York City since 1970. He is a graduate of Dickinson College and holds a Masters Degree in Theatre Arts from Wayne State University.

"PRESENTING MR. FREDERICK DOUGLASS"

MAJOR PRESENTATIONS


September,
October,
December 1998
GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK STATE
Governor's Commission Honoring the Achievements of Women
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: Why I Became A Woman's Rights Man"

August 1998 "CELEBRATE '98" AT WOMEN'S RIGHTS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Opening ceremonies with First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton and New York State Governor George Pataki.
"The Equal Rights Amendment: Our Legacy, Our Goal"
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: Why I Became a Woman's Rights Man"

April 1998 ONE AMERICA IN THE 21ST CENTURY: THE PRESIDENT'S INITIATIVE ON RACE
Campus Dialogue on Race, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania
Presentation: "Douglass Scholars Program"

February 1998 SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
National Museum of American History Conference: "Between Slavery and Freedom:
Free People of Color and the Coming of the Civil War"
"Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS Opening of the Jacob Lawrence Exhibit of the Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman Narrative Paintings
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

June 1997 U.S. CAPITOL ROTUNDA
Unveiling of Woman's Suffragist Statue, honoring Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: Recollections of the Three Suffragists

August 1996 HARPER'S FERRY NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK
"90th Anniversary of the 'Niagara Movement'"
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: The Roads to Niagara"

THE CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTE
"The Arts and Humanities: The Value of the Spoken Word"
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

July 1996 NATIONAL COALITION FOR SEX EQUITY IN EDUCATION
Annual Conference
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: Why I Became A Woman's Rights Man"

February 1996 UNITED STATES CIVIL WAR CENTER, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

September 1995 NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
National Frederick Douglass Centennial Performances, Department of the Interior, Washington, DC
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: On Our Nation's Capitol"

August 1995 WOMEN'S RIGHTS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, SENECA FALLS, NEW YORK
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: Why I Became A Woman's Rights Man"

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
National Frederick Douglass Centennial Performances, Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: Why I Became A Woman's Rights Man"

BLACKS IN GOVERNMENT
17th Annual National Training Conference, St. Louis, Missouri
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"
Douglass Seminar on Race Relations: "Motivating Inner City Kids"

June 1995 UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, DEDICATION OF CIVIL WAR SERIES STAMPS
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: The purpose of the Civil War"

April 1995 NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
National Frederick Douglass Centennial Performances, Washington, DC
Re-dedication of Freedmen's Monument to Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Park
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: Oration In Memory of Abraham Lincoln"

February 1995 NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
National Frederick Douglass Centennial Performances, Mellon Auditorium,
Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

November 1994 CIVIL WAR INSTITUTE, GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA
Commemoration ceremonies at Soldiers' National Cemetery
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

July 1994 HARPER'S FERRY NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: The Real Legacy of John Brown"

February 1994 PBS: "THE BILL MOYERS JOURNAL" AND "THE CHARLIE ROSE SHOW"
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: The Lesson of the Hour"

January 1994 METROPOLITAN A.M.E. CHURCH, WASHINGTON, DC
Presentation (January 9, 1994): "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: The Lesson of the Hour"
(Centennial anniversary presentation of Douglass' last great speech, delivered at Metropolitan A.M.E. on January 9, 1894)


May 1992 SCHUBERT THEATRE, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
New Haven NAACP 75th Anniversary
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

August 1991 BOSTON MUSEUM OF AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORY
Benefit for restoration of Nantucket Island African Meeting House
Presentation: "Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"


ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

February 1991 DENVER MULTI-CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL OF THE CHERRY CREEK SCHOOL DISTRICT, DENVER, COLORADO (middle and high schools)
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

March 1992 THE CARING INSTITUTE AND OFFICE OF THE MAYOR, WASHINGTON, DC (elementary, middle and high schools)
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times

November 1992 CHATHAM COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION, SAVANNAH, GEORGIA (middle and high schools)
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

February 1993 BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES (BOCES), HUNTINGTON, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK (elementary schools)
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

May 1993 AMERICAN LITERACY GUILD, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (elementary, junior and high schools)
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

October 1993 MAYOR'S OFFICE, CITY OF LYNN, MASSACHUSETTS, LYNN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (middle school and high schools)
fund-raising benefit for Community Minority Cultural Center of Lynn, Massachusetts; program at Lynn Historical Society.
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

February 1994 NORTH SHORE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, HAVERHILL, MASSACHUSETTS (elementary, middle and high schools)
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

October 1994 WATERLOO COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, MULTI-CULTURAL GENDER FAIR EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WATERLOO, IOWA (intermediate and high schools)
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

January 1995 PLANO, TEXAS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, PLANO, TEXAS (middle and high school performances); evening Family performance in honor of birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

February 1995 DUKE POWER COMPANY, WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA (middle and high school performances); public performance of full-length play at Southeastern Center For Contemporary Art (SECCA)
(Co-sponsored by Flow Buick/BMW, Integon Insurance, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Sara Lee Corporation, Wachovia Bank, Winston-Salem Foundation, Planters Peanuts.)
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

April 1995 MULTI-CULTURAL CURRICULUM DEPARTMENT, EUGENE AND SALEM SCHOOL DISTRICTS, EUGENE AND SALEM, OREGON (middle and high schools)
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"

November 1995 GILDER LEHRMAN INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN HISTORY, NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, AUGUST HECKSHER FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN, NEW YORK CITY (middle and high schools)
"Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass: His Life and Times"


REPRESENTATIVE SCHOOL PRESENTATIONS

St. Andrew's Episcopal School Bethesda, MD
The Annie Wright School Tacoma, WA
The Baylor School Chattanooga, TN
Boys and Girls High School Brooklyn, NY
Brewster Academy Wolfeboro, NH
Centennial Avenue Elementary School Roosevelt, NY
Chapel Hill-Chauncey Hall School Waltham, MA
The Chapin School New York, NY
Charlotte Latin School Charlotte, NC
Chatham Academy Chatham, VA
Cook County Jail School Chicago, IL
Deerfield Academy Deerfield, MA
Durham Academy Durham, NC
The Ellis School Pittsburgh, PA
The Episcopal School Baton Rouge, LA
Fountain Valley School Colorado Springs, CO
Frederick Douglass Academy (middle School) Chicago, IL
Frederick Douglass High School Atlanta, GA
Gill St. Bernard's School Gladstone, NJ
Girl's Hope of Pittsburgh Baden, PA
Glenelg Country School Glenelg, MD
Greater Atlanta Christian Schools Atlanta, GA
Hargrave Military Academy Chatham, VA
Horace Mann Schools Bronx, NY
House Page School Washington, D.C.
Louise S. McGehee School New Orleans, LA
Marblehead Middle School Marblehead, MA
Martin Luther King Middle School Atlanta, GA
National Cathedral School Washington, D.C.
New Canaan Country School New Canaan, CT
The Northfield/Mount Hermon Schools Northfield, MA
Phillips Exeter Academy Exeter, NH
Phillips Andover Academy Andover, MA
Rabun Gap Nagoochee School Rabun Gap, GA
St. Martin's School Metairie, LA
St. Paul's School Concord, NH
St. Thomas Choir School New York , NY
San Francisco University High School San Francisco, CA
Suffolk County Correctional Facilities Selden, NY
The Westover School Middlebury, CT
Wilmington Friends School Wilmington, DE


COLLEGE PRESENTATIONS

Alaska Pacific University Anchorage, AL
Armstrong State University Savannah, GA
Bellevue Community College Bellevue, WA
Brunswick College Brunswick, GA
Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
Emory University Atlanta, GA
Ferrum College Virginia
Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
Hollins College Roanoke, VA
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA
University of Maryland College Park, MD
Montana State University Bozeman, MT
University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina—Greensboro Greensboro, NC
Union College Schenectady, NY
Upsala College East Orange, NJ
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA
Rider College Lawrenceville, NJ
Southern University Baton Rouge, LA
Smith College Northampton, MA
Spring Hill College Birmingham, AL
University of Oregon Eugene, OR
Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
West Chester University West chester, PA
Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA

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