Restoration of theater models sparks interest in Depression-era WPA and the arts

From left, Ryan Barrett, Sean Callahan, Michael Farag, Barry Witham and Elise Hunt work on a model of the Fortune, an Elizabethan theater that was a contemporary of Shakespeare’s Globe
From left, Ryan Barrett, Sean Callahan, Michael Farag, Barry Witham and Elise Hunt work on a model of the Fortune, an Elizabethan theater that was a contemporary of Shakespeare’s Globe. Photo by Kathy Sauber.

Seventy years ago during the Depression, some unemployed craftsmen made a set of teaching tools for a UW professor. Doesn’t sound like much of an event, but the teaching tools in question are beautifully detailed scale models of important theaters in history, and the craftsmen were employed by the Federal Theatre Project — a project for which the late UW drama professor Glenn Hughes served as regional director.

By Nancy Wick. Read the rest of the story in the April 27, 2006 UW Today.

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