|Creator:||Crouse, Edward C., 1908-1975|
|Title:||Edward C. Crouse University Theatre collection|
|Quantity:||1.5 Linear feet (2 boxes)|
Edward Crouse was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in October of 1908. He received the degrees of A.B., 1929, and M.A., 1936, in journalism from the University of Wisconsin. From 1939-1940 he did post graduate work in drama at Yale. Crouse came to the University of Georgia in 1930 as an instructor in Journalism. From 1930-1942 he taught journalism, drama, directed the plans and designed the sets for the productions of the University Theatre. From 1942-1946 he was granted a leave of absence from the University to join the Armed Forces during World War II, where he served with distinction and received an honorable discharge with the rank of Captain. In 1946 he returned briefly to the University of Georgia where he directed an all-veteran cast in the production of John Patrick's "The hasty heart." He resigned from the University during the summer of 1946. Crouse went to New York in 1947, where he was associated with Edward Wormley and Associates for 21 years until his retirement in 1968. He died at his home in Weston, Connecticut, on Tuesday, November 25, 1975.
The collection consists of scrapbooks, biographical material, pictures, clippings, broadsides, programs, and one book. All concern the activities and productions of the University Theatre under the direction of Edward C. Crouse, Head of the Drama Department. Productions under Mr. Crouse's Aegis, although staged, produced, and acted by college students, were of a professional calibre.
Arranged in chronological order.
For more information see "An historical survey of the non-professional theatrical activities at the University of Georgia, 1785-1955" by Bernice June Maxwell, 1956, held by the University of Georgia libraries.
Edward C. Crouse University Theatre collection, ms 980. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.