Thomas Desire Pawley III: Educator, Playwright & Pioneer in Theater

0 Posted by - September 7, 2019 - Black History, History

Thomas Desire Pawley III was an educator, theatrical director, playwright, and author. His articles on theater have appeared in several periodicals including SADA Encore, Negro College Quarterly, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Pawley was born in 1917 in Jackson, Mississippi. He received his education at Virginia State College and the University of Iowa. After completing his education, Dr, Pawley served as Professor Emeritus of Theater and former Dean of Arts and Sciences at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He built the Speech and Theatre Department at Lincoln where he taught for 40 years.

Dr. Pawley was one of the first African Americans to be accepted in the old American Theater Association and distinguished ATA College of Fellows.  Above all, Dr. Pawley was a leader in the National Association of Speech and Dramatic Arts (NADSA) and the HBCUs Summer Theatre Program.

He built the Speech and Theater Department at Lincoln where he taught for 40 years.  He was also one of the first blacks to be accepted in the old American Theater Association and distinguished ATA College of Fellows.  Dr. Pawley was a leader in the National Association of Speech and Dramatic Arts (NADSA) and the HBCUs Summer Theatre Program.  His book, The Black Teacher and the Dramatic Arts, ranks as one of the leading anthologies and scholarly dialogues in African-American Theatre. In 1952, he initiated one of the first college summer-theater programs for black students at Lincoln and, during his Lincoln tenure, directed 75 student plays.

His book, The Black Teacher and the Dramatic Arts, ranks as one of the leading anthologies and scholarly dialogues in African-American Theatre. In 1952, he initiated one of the first college summer-theater programs for black students at Lincoln and, during his Lincoln tenure, directed 75 student plays.

 

sources:

http://www.vsuaaonline.com/joomla-pages/105-alumni-in-literature/365-dr-thomas-d-pawley-iii

Remembering Dr. Thomas Pawley, III

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