Charlotte Chorpenning (Charlotte Barrows, 1872-1955) co-founded the Children's World theatre (late 1940s). The theatre was
known for producing and adapting fairy tales and children's literary classics for plays. The collection consists of correspondence
and notes assembled by Marjorie Morton, a student in the UCLA Theater Arts Department, for a thesis on Charlotte Chorpenning
and her work with children's theater.
Charlotte Lee Barrows was born January 3, 1872; attended Iowa Agricultural College; BL, Cornell University, 1894, attended
Harvard University (1913-15), winning the John Craig prize in 1915; married John C. Chorpenning; taught school in Denver (1901-04)
and English in Minnesota (1904-13, 1915-1920s); dramatic director, Recreation Training School, Hull House, Chicago; member
of Speech department, Northwestern University; head of the Children's Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Art Institute of Chicago,
1931-52; worked with U.S.O. during World War II; co-founder, Children's World theatre in late 1940s; known for producing and
adapting fairy tales and children's literary classics for plays; adaptations include
Jack and the beanstalk,
The return of Rip Van Winkle, and
Hans Brinker and the silver skates; she died in January 1955.
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