Mark Twain Gets Down To Business
Mark Twain ran his own publishing house, a business which successfully printed and marketed some of America's most successful books including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Memoirs of General Grant. Through this unique presentation, "Twain" talks shop, gives advice on money and investments, and shares his insights on writing, speaking, using humor in achieving goals, as well as learning the art of working together as a team.

"A timely and fresh new way to inservice. 'Twain' really promoted the importance of good writing." - Dave Kemper, Write Source Publishing House

"Tom was wonderful! We've had him back for the last two years, and we plan to have him again next year. A remarkable job." - John O'Conner, Wellman Corporation, Rhode Island

Mark Twain Presents
The wit and wisdom of America's most beloved author and speaker is presented in this humorous and inspiring performance. Tom Gilding brings Mark Twain to the podium in a performance that shares humorous and witty insights on daily life and heartfelt wisdom on some of humankind's most universal truths.

This is a keynote address to remember.

"Tom's composite words from Mark Twain's speeches, put together for our representative assembly of 800 delegates, were timely and right on the mark. Even though they were thoughts and philosophies of a hundred years ago, they were as fresh as those of today." - Terry Craney, Past President, Wisconsin Education Association Council

Mark Twain Stage Show

"The best speech is the impromptu. But not the real impromptu, the counterfeit--the one that has been practiced...It takes me a three weeks to put together a good impromptu speech." - Mark Twain

Mark Twain's books are classics, but it was his lectures that fascinated audiences of his day and led to his legacy as America's first, great humorist.

"Mark Twain was one of the most popular performers of his time." - Kurt Vonnegut

Award-winning educator, writer, and riverboat pilot, Tom Gilding, performs a remarkable first-person recreation of America's most beloved writer, humorist, and speaker, Mark Twain.

Theatrical performances include:

  1. Memorial Union Theater, Madison, WI

  2. Georgetown College Theater of Fine Arts, Georgetown, KY

  3. Manitowoc Theater, Manitowoc, WI

  4. Beaufort County Community Center, Hilton Head, SC

  5. Highland Park Library Theater, Highland Park, IL

  6. Janesville Civic Hall, Janesville, WI

  7. Cashman Field, Las Vegas, NV

  8. Adlai Stevenson Auditorium, Lincolnshire, IL

  9. Racine Women's Club Theater, Racine, WI

  10. Clausen Memorial Auditorium, Whitewater, WI

  11. Scofiel Theater, Eau Claire, WI

"Dear Mark Twain,

Thank you for a memorable presentation...I feel I can only address you as Mark Twain as that is what you became to us at the women's club."

Jean Honan, Racine's Women's Club