William Hooker Gillette American Theatrical Innovator
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts
Theatre and Dance
Theatre and Performance Studies
This study provides new insights to the contributions of William Hooker Gillette as an actor, playwright, and theatrical innovator during the late-Victorian and post-Victorian eras in America. It was during this period that the world theatre was experiencing changes in the dramatic modes. The new demands for realism, as opposed to the romantic and melodramatic styles of playwrighting and acting, were bridged by Mr. Gillette as a result of his awareness of the changing tastes of theatre audiences. While his playwrighting containing elements of melodrama and romanticism, he offered a new dimension to these plays through acting and staging innovations that conformed and helped to create the "new realism."
© Joseph E Bowman
Bowman, Joseph E., "William Hooker Gillette American Theatrical Innovator" (1986). MSU Graduate Theses. 2509.