Fine Arts Celebrates A Theatre Historian
A familiar name from the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin is being celebrated through scholarship resulting from a lifelong commitment to the study of theatre.
In conjunction with the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism in the Department of Theatre and Dance, The Fine Arts Library announces the opening of the Oscar G. Brockett archive.
Oscar G. Brockett is the author of “History of the Theatre” (1968), the first widely adopted textbook to examine physical performance and social practices — rather than just the literary tradition — across the history of theatre. The text is now in its 10th edition has been translated into many languages including Hebrew, Farsi and Korean.
Brockett was the dean of the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin from 1978-1980, and was a professor of theatre and dance and head of the doctoral program for theatre history in the university’s department of Theatre & Dance until his retirement in 2006. The Oscar G. Brockett Theatre in the Winship Building on campus was dedicated in his honor in April 2001. He passed away in 2010.
A celebration of the archive’s opening will occur from 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 4, in the Fine Arts Library’s Roberts Reading Room.
And will feature comments from friends, colleagues and former students including Doug Dempster, Dean of the College of Fine Arts; Brant Pope, Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance; Austin American-Statesman columnist Michael Barnes; playwright John Fleming; and Brockett’s co-author of “Making the Scene,” Margaret Mitchell.