Spiegel remembers the Washington Star’s front-page report
of Albert Einstein’s death:
I was too young to fully understand the article, but I knew some
one very important had passed on. As a child, math and science were not
my strongest subjects, but throughout my life I have found myself drawn
to the mysteries of physics. Writing and creating Einstein Alive, I have
discovered the joy of developing an increasingly stronger grasp of the
concepts of physics. I love sharing that joy with young people. And…I
have discovered the great thrill and honor of finding the voice of Albert Einstein
As a political science graduate student at Harvard, Marc began writing
and performing stories in narrative verse. He wrote his first performance
piece, A Grubrag Ballad, one verse at a time. He would perform what he
had written so far, and the next verse would spontaneously emerge.
Working in San Francisco during its golden era of street performance
in the 1970’s, Marc began weaving poetic stories with bits of songs
in performances full of changing rhythms and leaps across the barrier
between the audience and the performer. Stories involving extensive audience
participation are his specialty.
Marc continues to tell his stories to audiences all over the country. Click here to find out more about Marc's storytelling.
After performing at a school showcase event in Queens, New York, the
event organizer, Joan Lavin, came to him and urged him to create a new
show applying his storytelling skill and distinctive voice to an important
historical character. His childhood memories came back to him and Einstein
Alive was born.
Marc has appeared on television, at schools, festivals and corporate
events. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, The International Children’s
Festival, at the Smithsonian Institute, The Library of Congress, the Virginia
Science Museum, off-Broadway at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater and was
a featured performer in the White House Millennium Celebration.
In 2003, Marc collaborated with Roberta Gasbarre, Director of the Smithsonian Institute's Discovery Theater, to create a one-man show for the United States Holocaust Museum. Time Capsule in a Milkcan features family audiences reading aloud the words written by residents of the Warsaw Ghetto. These texts were collected and hidden in metal milk cans by chronicler Emmanuel Ringleblum. Marc performed as Ringelblum at the Holocaust Museum from 2003 through the spring of 2005.