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Catherine Aselford

Catherine Aselford

 Catherine Aselford made her professional acting debut in 1982, later graduating from Catholic University with a BFA in Theatre. Her stage work includes The Center Company, Source Theatre, Cherry Red Productions and The Georgetown Theatre Company, of which she is Artistic Director. She has appeared in Unsolved Mysteries, America's Most Wanted and numerous television commercials. 

Michael Hovde

Michael Hovde is from Germantown, Maryland He is a student at Townson State and has been in "The Laramie Project" at Black Rock Center for the Arts and numerous Artstream productions, "


Nicolette Stearns

actress,director, playwright and theatre educator. She is an original cast member of
Imagination Stage. She is also a co-founder of Artstream Theatre

Other roles include Helga in “Kindertransport


Mariel Buhler

Mariel Buhler Penberthy

Mariel Penberthy has studied at the Studio Theatre and the Lansburgh, and performed with several theatres in D.C. area including Scena Theatre and Fraudulent Productions. She continues to work on local film projects, playing a succession of evil aliens in the cable show Star Crash.more on mariel's voiceover work

June Schmitz

JuJune is has performed Mary Surratt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Florence Harding, Dorothea Dix, Perle Mesta, and too many Washingtonians to mention. She excels at historical interpretation and is responsible for some fabulous costumes that grace the tours.She also works with the Surratt House Museum when not "Strolling" ee of the study of American life, especially during the Civil War years, an amateur costumer, and a non-actor who thoroughly enjoys playing a part.

Chris Davenport

Chris Davenport is a local actor, director, and teacher. Recently, he has performed with Rorschach Theatre, Tsunami Theatre, American Century Theater, PEDC Theatre, and Le Neon Theatre, among others. He has directed for Le Neon Theatre, Adventure Theatre, and Imagination Stage, where he also teaches acting. more on Chris


Alice Anne English

Alice Anne English works in NYC and Washington and has performed at Forum and Studio Theater, Richmond Shakespeare and can be seen on "The Good Wife" on CBSin January, 2014. She is Lucretia Garfield and Rose Greenhow, and others in Ghost Story Tour. More on Alice Anne


J. McAndrew Breen

J. McAndrew Breen

An Award-winning local actor:

Shear Madness" (Kennedy Center) "A Prayer for Owen Meany" (u/s, Round House Theatre) "Holy Ghosts" (Spooky Action Theater) He has appeared as Edgar A. Poe, Philip B. Key and others and in our one man show: Thomas Burgess: C&O Canal Lockkeeper


Desiree Gibson

Desi has an extensive background in improvisation and theatre including The Alchemist Theater and Art-Stream and has performed on the Dickens and Gussie tours as Billie Holliday and others. She can be seen in our Downton Abbey Parody






Brian MacIan

Brian Mac Ian

He has a BA in Theatre and Music from Naropa University, Boulder, CO. He is also a singer, musician and acting teacher and received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Sound Design. More on Brian at


Brandon Mitchell 

Brandon Mitchell

Brandon is no stranger to standing on the street in historic garb, having "lived in 1776 in Philadelphia" working with Historic Philadelphia.  He grew up in another historic city, New Orleans, and received a BA in Theatre from Northwestern State University. He is currently in "Bang The DrumSlowly" at American Century Theater

more on Brandon at

Erin Gallalee
has played many roles on local stages including VstartCrow and Victorian Lyric Opera Company
at the Capital Fringe Festival and Zemfira Stage among others.











Gale Munro

Gale Munro

As she begins work on new shows, Gale's friends always assure her that she has been typecast. In reciting some of her credits, she would like prospective tourgoers to understand something of herself, thereby assuring themselves of a lively time. She has played a ladybug (James and the Giant Peach, Adventure Theatre), murdering impresaria (Bloody Murder, Source Theatre Festival), and saccharine cosmetic saleslady/terrorist-hunter (Citizen Patrol, MuseFire Productions). 





Madeline Muravchik

Madeline Muravchik

Madeline Muravchik has performed at The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Le Neon Theatre and others.  She also teaches acting. Madeline is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.She is also a playwright. more on madeline



Ellie Nicoll


Ellie Nicoll

As well as appearing as historical personages in Historic Strolls tours, Ellie Nicoll often performs locally with Scena and Le Neon Theatre. She most recently appeared with the Royal Danish Ballet as an English Tourist in Napoli.And she can be seen in the WUSA TV video on the Ghost Story Tour page portraying Rose Greenhow more on Ellie




Emily Love Morrison

starred in a one woman show this summer and has portrayed Rose Greenhow, Susan Decatur, Letitia Tyler and others for the Stroll




Barbara Papendorp

Barbara Papendorp

A Washington, DC area actress whose interest in history and theatre often merge, Barbara performed in the Civil War Musical (Stonewall Country, Lexington, VA). She appeared in The Mandrake for Faction of Fools.Fluent in French, she has performed a cabaret at the Harmon Center for the Arts most recently. more on Barbara




Laura Rocklyn

Graduated from the MFA program through The Shakespeare Company's Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University and is currently onstage as Lydia Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice" at RoundHouseTheater more on Laura



Has appeared for the Strolls as Elizabeth Keckley and Alethia Tanner and in our Air and Space Museum events as dynamic women from the 1960's and 1970's. She has appeared as Sojourner Truth for the Humanities Council of Washington.more on Sydney


Dwane Starlin

Dwane co-founded The Barnstormers Theatre Company, producing and performing in The Love Course and Gurney X2, along with co-writing and performing in Rock of Aged, the Social Security Tour at the 23rd Annual Source Theatre Festival. He was selected as the spokesman of the Jonathan Green Grass Seed Company and will appear on product packaging in 2004. He has recently appeared in a staged reading of a new musical, Patent Pending, playing an undercover Patent Fraud Agent as well as the trumpet and the kazoo.


Elise Webb

Elise is an experienced actor and interpreter who has worked with Plimoth Plantation. She has portrayed Louisa May Alcott and Anna Surratt among others for the Strolls

Natalie Zanin

Natalie Zanin

Writer, Director, Producer

Natalie Zanin writes, directs and produces walking tours, events and children's programs along with the help of some very talented people. She has been featured in Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and on the History Channel, Canadian Television, French Television, WUSA, Fox Morning News, NPR and CNN radio. She has produced in house tours and walking tours for non-profit organizations. She has also written, directed and produced a short film and is now also working with The International Spy Museum and is the Director of the Silver Spring Inclusive Theatre Company for. Natalie is also performing as Dolley Madison in 2014 more info Dolley Madison

the lovely Cate FeeserCate Feeser started working with Natalie at the Historical Society of Washington on the American Girls Program. She later moved to acting in the walking tours. She designed this website and was our first stage manager. She now works as Disaster Assistance Employee with DHS/Fema, Region V. We like to think that serving peti fours and catering to actors prepared her well for her current field!








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