52% Productions

The mission of 52% Productions is to Highlight the stories of those marginalized by the traditional U.S. history canon, Educate ourselves and others through research and open dialogue, and Examine the inclusion of these stories in the public sphere, particularly museums, historic sites, and tourism vehicles.


We are professional actors providing performances for historic sites, museums, schools, and libraries.


We are podcasters inviting you into our on-going discussions of re-centering the lives of the marginalized in public history.


We are educators creating workshops to help the tour industry learn to comfortably share uncomfortable truths with guests.

Research & Writings:

  • Nantucket, 1841
    Over the autumn season this year I had the opportunity to travel as a Wellbeing Director with a trip that started in Boston, circled the Massachusetts cape, the islands, and finished in Newport RI. It was a tour route that appeals to me — and not because of lobster…I’m sadly allergic to lobster — butContinue reading “Nantucket, 1841”
  • Mary & Emily
    If you come to the Washington DC area, I will tell you about Mary and Emily — and the largest attempted claim for freedom in American history. Paul Edmonson was a man of Maryland. He met Amelia (sometimes called Milly), fell in love, and they jumped the broom. First came Hamilton, then Samuel. Eventually MaryContinue reading “Mary & Emily”

52% was founded by Marjie Southerland and Leigh Jameson, both professional actors and tour guides. Leigh and Marjie met while working as performers for the nation’s largest living history museum. They share a passionate belief that the voices of the 52% should not be forgotten.

Get in Touch

Reach out so we can work together to create conversations. 52percentproductions@gmail.com

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