Composing Ourselves: The Little Theatre Movement and the American Audience (Southern
Illinois University Press, 20o5), Dorothy Chansky weaves a compelling narrative of
the emergence of the literary theatre in America. By offering vivid portraits and
probing analyses of the people and institutions that were responsible for turning
a popular amusement into high art, she uncovers the sometimes troubling assumptions
that underlay the elevation of the stage in the early twentieth century. Her attention
to the ironies of history illuminates the contradictions that informed not only the
Little Theatre movement, but also the theatre of our own time."
—David Savran, City University of New York
Dorothy Chansky is Director of the Humanities Center at Texas Tech and Professor in the School of Theatre & Dance. Her work has appeared in the major US theatre journals. She is vice president of the American Theatre and Drama Society.