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Ira Aldridge Takes the Stage


Do you enjoy going to the movies or seeing live performances? Join host Shain Brenden and learn about one of the best actors to ever live—someone you’ve probably never even heard of. Ira Aldridge was a Shakespearean actor born in New York who moved to London in the 1800s to pursue his dreams of acting in plays. Why did he move to London? As a Black actor, Aldridge faced many prejudices in his home country and decided to risk it all to move abroad where he had more opportunities at the time. It’s time for an adventure to learn about his incredible story.

About the Host

Shain Brenden is a comedian, actor, and writer from Portland, Oregon. He hosted the PBS docu-series, “American Veteran,” and was the co-host of the NBC Sports show, “Blazers Outsiders.”

About Honest History

Honest History creates award-winning books, magazines, and this show for young historians across the world. Our mission is to inspire kids to create a positive impact on history themselves. Learn more at and @honesthistory.


This episode was written by Heidi Coburn and produced by Randall Lawrence. Original theme music was written and recorded by Luke Messimer.