AMERICAN WEST INTERPRETATIONS believes that historical understanding
provides the critical context for appropriately judging reality, but we are also aware that historical research and analysis
does not suit everyone's tastes. We seek to remedy this condition through utilizing the entertaining tool of theatre, which
enables audiences both to re-view the past and to re-participate in it. All productions are written, directed, and performed
by Tim Zacharias and Stephan P. Zacharias. AMERICAN WEST INTERPRETATIONS and its programming is suitable for classrooms,
museums, and historical sites.
Tim has logged over twenty years in three secondary social science classrooms
in eastern Oregon, serves as an adjunct professor of history at Blue Mountain Community College, earned a James Madison Memorial
Senior Fellowship, and holds an MA in history with emphasis in 19th-century America from Washington State University. He contributed
a chapter on the history of Oregon's state constitution for "The Uniting States" (Greenwood Press, 2004).
Stephan is currently a Living History Interpreter at Denali National Park and Preserve, in Denali Park, Alaska, where he is featured as part of the Denali Natural History Tour. During his career as a Living History Interpreter he has worked in and
made special appearances at various sites across America portraying American History from 1765 to 1941; most recently at the
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where he appeared as various historical figures
as part of the Revloutionary City® programming. He has appeared in over 15 collegiate productions throughout the Northwest, three times been nominated
for the Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Award; Winner of a 2004 American College Theatre Festival/Kennedy Center Merit Award for
Acting; and twice served as the theatre intern at the US BLM's National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretative Center, Baker
City, Oregon. Stephan is a Professional Member and a Certified Interpretive Guide with the National Association for Interpretation
(NAI). He has completed coursework in Interpretation through Indiana University's Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands and is currently continuing Interpretive Training with the Eppley Institute.
American West Interpretations is a member of the National
Registry of Living Historians.