1900 - 2000
Western Theatre Timeline
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Play types, Movements, or Schools of Theatre -
Selective Realism
Poetic Realism
Magic Realism
Musical Comedy
Federal Theatre Project
Expressionism
Actors Studio
Alternative Theatres
Dance Theatre
Performance Art
Evironmental Theatre
Guerilla Theatre
Structuralist Theatre
Deconstructive Theatre
Choreodrama
Docudrama
New Vaudville
Open Theatre
Living Theatre
El Teatro Campesino
Theatre of Images
Theatricalism
Off Broadway
Off-off Broadway
Yale Repertory Theatre
Improvisational Theatre
Bread and Puppet Theatre
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Collective Theatre Groups
Agit-Prop Theatre
Dramatists -
Avery Hopwood Anne Nichols
Noble Sissle Eubie Blake
Eugene O'Neill George S. Kaufman
Elmer Rice Marc Connelly
Edna Farber Moss Hart
George E. Kelley Sidney Howard
Maxwell Anderson John Howard Lawson
Robert E. Sherwood Langston Hughes
Clifford Odets John Howard Lawson
Paul Green William Saroyan
Sidney Kingsley S. N. Behrman
Marc Blitzstein Lillian Hellman
George S. Kaufman

James Thurber

Thornton Wilder Sidney Kingsley
Arthur Miller Tennessee Williams
Thornton Wilder William Inge
Arthur Miller Neil Simon
Edward Albee Arthur Kopit
John Guare Michael Weller
Sam Shepard Lanford Wilson
David Mamet Lorraine Hansberry
August Wilson James Baldwin
Ossie Davis Ed Bullins
Amiri Baraka Douglas Turner Ward
Adrienne Kennedy Derek Walcott
Alice Childress Suzan-Lori Parks
Sonia Sanchez Frank Chin
Charles Fuller Jessica Hagedorn
George C. Wolfe David Henry Hwang
Kan Gotanda Tina Howe
Harvey Fierstein Maria Irene Fornes
Christopher Durang Wendy Wasserstein
Craig Lucas
Actors -
Pauline Lord Lionel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore John Barrymore
Charles Gilpin W.C. Fields
Al Jolson Ed Wynn
Fanny Brice Will Rogers
Bert Lahr Jimmy Durante
Marx Brothers Richard Boleslavski
Walter Hampden Eva Le Gallienne
Alfred Lunt Lynn Fontanne
Dudley Digges Lee Simonson
Katharine Hepburn Ruth Gordon
Orson Welles Jane Cowl
Morris Carnovsky Sanford Meisner
Stella Adler Fred Astaire
Alla Nazimova Alice Brady
Ruby Dee James Earl Jones
Katharine Cornell Helen Hayes
Tallulah Bankhead John Barrymore
Alfred Lunt Laurette Taylor
Eddie Dowling Julie Haydon
Henry Fonda Judy Holliday
Marlon Brando Jessica Tandy
Karl Malden Kim Hunter
Lee J. Cobb Geraldine Page
Sanford Meisner Stella Adler
Ruth Gordon John Houseman
Katharine Cornell Tallulah Bankhead
Jason Robards JR Hellen Hayes
Shirley Booth Colleen Dewhurst
Jose Ferrer Ossie Davis
Claudia McNeil Diana Sands
Louis Gossett Jr. Spalding Gray
Lilly Tomlin Whoopi Goldberg
Ping Chong Laurie Anderson
Meredith Monk  
Directors/Producers
George M. Cohan Arthur Hopkins
Robert Edmond Jones Orson Welles
Eva Le Gallienne Howard Clurman
Cheryl Crawford Lee Strasberg
George S. Kaufman Hassard Short
Jose Quintero Elia Kazan
Harold Clurman Lee Strasberg
Cheryl Crawford Hallie Flanagan
Orson Welles John Houseman
Peter Brook Jerzy Grotowski
Harold Prince Bob Fosse
Michael Bennett William Ball
Lloyd Richards Allan Kaprow

Composers/Lyricists/ Choreographers

George Gershwin Ira Gershwin
Cole Porter Richard Rogers
Jerome Kern Oscar Hammerstein
Lorenz Hart Kurt Weill
Leonard Bernstein Richard Rodgers
Oscar Hammerstein Irvin Berlin
Frank Loesser Stephen Sondheim
Merce Cunningham Ann Halprin
Set Designers -
Cleon Throckmorton Joseph Urban
Robert Edmond Jones Abe Feder
Jo Mielziner Ming Cho Lee
Boris Aronson Oliver Smith
Eugene Smith Santo Loquasto
Peggy Clark Jean Rosenthal
Tharon Musser Jennifer Tipton
Richard Foreman John Conklin
George Trypin Adrianne Lobel
Lee Simonson Norman Bel Geddes
Books in Owens Library -
Cambridge History of American Theatre, v. 2 &3
Century of Innovation/Oscar Brockett & Rober Findlay
Theater / Stage Design -
Transparent Scenery Cinematic Effects
Textured Surfaces Collage
Sculptural Design Multi-media Design
Environmental Theatre Conceptual Design
Theatricalism Postmodern Design
Selective Realism Painterly Images
Scrim Projected Images
Quotation Patiche
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