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Adelaide

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History — Theatre.

Founded in 1836, the state capital of South Australia has always seen itself as the most ‘English’ and ‘cultured’ of Australia's cities, distinguished by a continuing commitment to theatre...

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Anna Deavere Smith

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(b. 1950), actress and playwright.

The African‐American performer was born in Baltimore and educated at Beaver College and American Conservatory Theatre, where she became a member...

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Bob Cole

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Theatre.

(1869–1911), composer and actor.

Little is known about the earliest history of this African‐American artist, one of the first to make his mark in the theatre. Working first with...

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Break Dancing.

Overview page. Subjects: Dance — United States History.

Hip-hop—the wild-style world of graffiti, break dancing, and rapping—started in the mid-1970s as an underground current in New York City. After the film Flashdance (1983) was released,...

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Cantinflas

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(1911–93)

Mexican comedian and actor. Born Mario Moreno Reyes, he was once described by Charles Chaplin as the greatest comedian alive. As a youth he became an aficionado of...

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Carmen DeLavallade

Overview page. Subjects: Dance — United States History.

(born 6 March 1931 in Los Angeles), American dancer, choreographer, and actress.

Known primarily for her work with Lester Horton, Alvin Ailey, and her husband, Geoffrey Holder, de...

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GarÍfuna

Overview page. Subjects: Dance — Regional and National History.

The Garífuna people, also known as Karaphuna or Black Caribs, are the descendants of Africans of unknown origin and indigenous peoples of the Lesser Antilles, who were termed “Caribs” by ...

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Ira Aldridge

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — British History.

(1804?–67), actor.

He was often called the first great African‐American actor, although he did virtually none of his performing in the States. Believed to have been born in Africa...

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J. Rosamond Johnson

Overview page. Subjects: Theatre — United States History.

(1873–1954), and James Weldon JOHNSON (1871–1938), songwriting team.

The brothers, born in Jacksonville, Florida, and educated at Atlanta University and Columbia, were pioneers...

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Luis Rafael Sánchez

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Theatre.

(1936– )

Puerto Rico's most renowned contemporary writer. The Farce of Commercial Love and 13 Sol, Interior (1961) were well received, but The Passion According to Antigone Pérez...

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