We tend to think of the middle of the twentieth century as a litany of horrors, from the trenches of the First World War and the atrocities of the Second to the fear of nuclear annihilation that came with the early decades of the Cold War. However, as Dr. Charlotte Canning of the University of Texas at Austin chronicles in her new book, On the Performance Front: US Theatre and Internationalism, there were also plenty of theatre artists during this time who believed that they could bring about a better future by sharing their work with the world.
- More information about Charlotte’s book, On the Performance Front: US Theatre and Internationalism.
- Find out more about the International Theatre Institute, one of the organizations that Charlotte’s book mentions.
- Learn more about archives of Hallie Flanagan’s papers at the New York Public Library and Vassar College.
- Explore the papers of Robert Breen, who produced the tour of Porgy & Bess that toured the Soviet Union in the 1950s.
- To see material related to the United States’ international cultural exchange programs in the twentieth century, explore the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Historical Collection at the University of Arkansas.