Josiah George connects UK to Boston Tea Party


Josiah George, a 200 graduate from UK, now works as the Assistant Creative Manager and Production Manager for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, producing the Boston Tea Party Anniversary & Annual Reenactment which will take place on Dec. 16.

Sara Walker

Everyone can remember the Iconic event dated back to 1773 that geared the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party. On Dec. 16, the Sons of Liberty dumped more than 300 crates of East India Company Tea into the Boston Harbor.

Today, Josiah George, an Assistant Creative Manager and Production Manager for the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, produces the Boston Tea Party Anniversary & Annual Reenactment. This event is known to be one of the largest historical theatrical moving performances in the United States along with being voted Best Patriotic Attraction in USA TODAY’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice 2016 Travel Award.

George is the puzzle piece that connects the 243 Boston Tea Party Anniversary & Annual Reenactment in Boston to Kentucky, being a UK Graduate from the Class of 2000.

George had a career in Kentucky as a Stage and Company Manager for Fort Harrod Drama Productions in Harrodsburg, which produced the outdoor drama entitled “Daniel Boone: The Man and the Legend”.

In the summer of 2001, George moved to Boston to continue his theatre career, moving back to the Bluegrass 10 years later. It was in the Spring of 2012 that George received an offer that changed his career in theatre forever. George then began his career at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

The Boston Tea Party will come to life on its annual anniversary of Dec. 16. There will be re-enactors from New England to tell the story of one of America’s most iconic public protests.

The story will begin with a tea tax debate in the Old South Meeting house, the actual historic hall were colonists congregated 243 years ago. After, the public joins a procession to the waterfront and witnesses the sons of liberty dump 220 pounds of actual loose, expired tea into the Boston harbor. The tea is actually supplied by the same company from where the tea originally came from in 1773, London’s East India Company.

According to George, 92,000 pounds of tea were destroyed during the Boston Tea Party, equal to $1.5 million with modern day inflation.

George has had a successful career since graduating from the UK and has worked in the theatre business for several years. He gave some helpful advice to anyone pursing a future career in the theatre business.

“Stay with it. Work hard. Be humble and be excited every night that when the curtain goes up whether you are on stage or back stage, you are recreating that story,” George said.