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Group Theatre (1931–41) By Malague, Rose

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1268-1
Published: 01/10/2016
Retrieved: 07 March 2021, from


Founded in 1931 by Harold Clurman, Cheryl Crawford, and Lee Strasberg, the Group Theatre was conceived as a company dedicated to staging socially relevant plays, with a permanent ensemble of actors trained in a new, shared technique. Its legacy can be located in the contributions it made to modern American drama, particularly through the works of member-playwright Clifford Odets, and through its practice of the Stanislavsky System, which revolutionized American acting, developing into a psychologically realistic approach widely known as “the Method.”

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Malague, Rose. "Group Theatre (1931–41)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 7 Mar. 2021 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1268-1

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