Who Will Tell Your Story? Get Creative with EduHam (Fall 2020)

Have you seen other students’ performance pieces from the Hamilton Education Program and wondered, “How do I do that?” In this class, we will look at primary source documents on the Hamilton Education Program website and find their dramatic potential. We will focus on the Founding Era’s untold stories and people who lived in the world of Hamilton.

Each week we will be joined by a guest from the musical Hamilton. Both cast and creative team members will provide insight into how they find their own story in the text. Not only will students learn the historiography of documents from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, they will also learn how to turn primary sources into compelling performance pieces. This course has an estimated weekly commitment of 45 minutes.

Intended Audience

This course is for middle and high school students (grades 6–12). We encourage those who participate to have their teacher or family sign up for Hamilton Education Program Online to access the documents and curriculum discussed.


Each class is a stand-alone lesson.

Class 1

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Saturday, October 3, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ET

Special Guest: Darnell Abraham (George Washington, North American Tour)

Class 2

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Saturday, October 10, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ET

Special Guest: Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton, Broadway)

Class 3

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Saturday, October 17, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ET

Special Guest: Patrick Vassel (Associate and Supervising Director, Broadway)

Class 4 

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Saturday, October 24, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ET

Special Guest: Lily Ling (Music Director, North American Tour)

Class 5

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Saturday, October 31, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ET

Special Guest: Daniel Yearwood (Laurens/Philip, Broadway) and Warren Egypt Franklin (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, North American Tour)

Class 6

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Saturday, November 7, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ET

Special Guest: Jennifer Geller (The Bullet, North American Tour)

Class 7

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ET

Special Guest: Stephanie Klemons (Associate Choreographer, Broadway)

Class 8 

Attendance Quiz

CLASS RECORDING from Saturday, November 21, 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ET

Special Guest: Morgan Wood (Ensemble, North American Tour)

Meet Your Teacher

Gena Oppenheim is a theater and film studies teacher from New York City. A graduate of Barnard College and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, she just started her ninth year teaching at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn. She is thrilled to continue her work as the Senior Education Fellow for the Hamilton Education Program at the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

Participation Certificate

Students who get 100% on the attendance quiz can get a certificate from the Gilder Lehrman Institute confirming their attendance in each Online History School session. Quizzes are linked in the schedule as well as the video description.

Video Playlist



Please email hamilton@gilderlehrman.org with any questions about the course.