Hello! My name is Kate Tilley. I specialize in presenting well researched, authentically costumed first person interpretations of women from Jamestown Adventurers to Suffragettes whose voices and stories have become dimmed.

Recreating historical clothing when I wasn’t on stage or on camera is what started me off down the rabbit hole of researching colonial history.  Since 2008 I have recreated garments and/or interpreted for private customers, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Colonial Williamsburg, and the 1st and 2nd Virginia Regiments. The more research I do into the lives of Colonial people, the more I am convinced that some things never change. Colonials may not have had the social media, indoor plumbing, or cars, but they did have careers, families, and friends. It fascinates me how similar the recorded history about human interaction and human tendencies remain and I love sharing that with people.

My BA is in Theatre from DeSales University. I’ve appeared in almost 40 stage plays and over a dozen films and cable TV episodes. I was proud to portray Mrs. Shields at the Colonial Williamsburg Taverns along with 5 other characters in their Evening Programs for 3 years.

I currently provide First Person Performances along with Colonial Dance and Historic Clothing presentations with the Road Scholar organization. Here are a few highlights from the evaluations completed by participants:

  • “Kate Tilley truly made history come alive!”

  •        “… wonderful. Engaging, informative.”

  •    “… very interesting and quite enjoyable.”

  •    “… best costumed/character interpreter”

  •    "…enlightening, entertaining, excellent!”


Over the past 3 years their participants rated my performances at an average 4.75 out of 5.

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