'47 Workshop

Definition

Theater

  • The influential playwriting laboratory at Harvard Universityfounded by George Pierce Baker (1866 - 1935), Harvard's firstprofessor of dramatic literature. It was a spin-off from his playwritingcourse 'English 47', which began in 1905. The workshop staged playswritten by his pupils, who included Eugene O'Neill, EdwardSheldon, and George Abbott.

    In 1925 Baker moved to Yale University where he founded thedepartment of drama. His courses always emphasized practical constructionand creativity. He retired in 1933, having become one of the mostinfluential figures in the modern theater both in America and Europe.

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