American Theatre from Ben Franklin to Oscar Hammerstein

Intermission Series presents American Theatre from Ben Franklin to Oscar Hammerstein with Ken Kaissar Tuesdays, June 2, 9 & 16 at 3pm
Series Cost – $45
Class Size – Unlimited
Each class runs 60 minutes 

Did you know that theatre in America dates back to colonial times? You may know that The Walnut Street Theatre was founded in 1809, but even before that there was a Chestnut Street Theatre that burned down in a fire. In those days, theatre was lit using candlelight—talk about a disaster waiting to happen! During the Revolutionary War, George Washington outlawed theatre fearing that it would be a propaganda tool for the British Army. Take a journey back to the founding of our country as we explore how theatre traditions and styles developed from the colonial period through the Civil War to P.T. Barnum and Vaudeville eventually arriving at the first modern musical, Oscar Hammerstein’s, Show Boat

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Ken Kaissar (presenter) Ken is an incoming Co-Producing Director at BRT. He has a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.  He has taught theatre at Carnegie Mellon, Rider, Stockton, and Neumann Universities.