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Historical Interpreters

The Northeast Georgia History Center employs historical interpreters as a regular component of educational programing. In recognition of their work, our regular interpreters are listed here. 


Chiara Richardson

Chiara is a Georgia born “Artivist”. This published poet, actress, artist, educator, and activist, can be found on any given day, offering words of inspiration in coffee shops and after-school programs alike. Chiara has graced stages in productions of Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, Blues For An Alabama Sky, The Importance of Being Ernest, For Colored Girls..., and NEAT to name a few. She has managed to merge the art of creative writing and performing to create a masterful spoken word experience. Chiara has appeared on Season 4 of TVOne’s, Lexus Verses and Flow. She has performed from coast to coast with her passionate delivery and heart-felt words. As co-director of the Fountain City Teen Poetry Slam in Columbus, GA, she considers herself blessed to watch the future take shape one “word” at a time.

Here at the Northeast Georgia History Center, Chiara is a regular performer and interpreter. She has appeared as Gainesville educator Beulah Rucker and abolitionist Harriet Tubman, as well as interpreting 18th and 19th century dance. 


Jonathan Perkins

Jonathan Samuel Eddie is a spoken word comedian hailing from Columbus, GA. This alumnus of Georgia Southern University is a lover of any and everything that is art. He represented the city of Atlanta at the National Poetry Slam competition as a member of the 2012 and 2014 Art Amok Poetry Slam Teams. He was also the 2012 and 2014 Grand Slam Champion at Art Amok. At the 2014 and 2015 Southern Fried Regional Poetry Festival, he ranked among the top 10 individual competing poets. Jonathan was a proud member of the 2015 Java Monkey Slam Team, representing Atlanta. As an actor, he has graced stages in numerous productions. He has opened up for the likes of comedians such as Bruce Bruce and Earthquake, and was a featured stand up comic at the 2014 Black Box Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. He currently serves as the founder/director of the Fountain City Teen Poetry Slam, an organization that inspires youth to use their creativity as a positive outlet in their daily lives. Jonathan was recognized for his work as an "artivist" as a recipient of a 2013 Spoken Word Gala Community Service Award. With support from Alternate ROOTS, he most recently penned and staged the one man show, Journey Here, which candidly chronicled his life as a writer/performer, black man, teaching artist, and caregiver for his mother, whom was living with Alzheimer's.

Here at the Northeast Georgia History Center, Jonathan is a regular performer and interpreter. He has appeared in museum theater performances as both 18th and 19th century characters, and has done storytelling and dance demonstrations as well. 



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