Real Pirates Speaker Series #1

Why do pirates say “arrr” and never have enough rum? Join along as Jennifer Emerson tells an animated story about how the brand’s narrative of screen pirates evolved in film – from their screen debut to Curse of the Black Pearl – and how they came to be to leave their mark on popular culture.


$16.50 includes a guided tour of the museum.


6:30 a.m. visit to the museum. 7:00 p.m. presentation.

Great-granddaughter of the captain of a fishing schooner (built in Gloucester’s Essex Story Yard) and daughter of a submariner, Jennifer is proud of her maritime roots.

From first-person performer to curator, she brings over twenty years of museum and stage experience to her creative work. During her eleven years at Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT), her passion for maritime history led her to delve deeply into whaling in the heyday of sailing, fishing in the early 20th century in New England, the daily lives of ordinary sailors and people ashore tried to make sure they got a fair deal. Although she was not on staff as a Chanteyman, she was trained during her time there.

When she was five years old, Jennifer saw Treasure Island for the first time. Disney’s Technicolor masterpiece from 1950 captured his imagination. But it was John Huston’s 1956 adaptation of Moby-Dick that sold this little girl’s adventure on the high seas. Combined with a love of acting and the everyday life of ordinary sailors, her search for Connection themes in pirate movies began.

Jennifer holds a BA in Theatre, Speech and Film Arts from Keene State College and an MA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. She lives and works in Salem: both in her own performance company, The Petticoat Pages, and as a special projects coordinator for Intramersive Media.

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