Founded by Sheldon Cheney in Detroit, Michigan, in 1916, Theatre Arts was a quarterly devoted to the art of theatre, but it evolved into a monthly under its subsequent editors, Edith J. R. Isaacs* and Rosamund Gilder.* Its founding was perfectly timed to capture articles on all aspects of theatrical endeavor during the golden age of American drama. The influence of modernist European theatre, the New Stagecraft, Broadway , and the emergence of a generation of significant American playwrights, including Eugene O'Neill, Elmer Rice, Sidney Howard, Robert E. Sherwood, Maxwell Anderson, and others, were covered in considerable depth. Theatre Arts was lavishly illustrated and regularly included complete texts of new plays and musicals. Theatre Arts Monthly, as it became known, merged with The Stage, a magazine previously published by the Theatre Guild, in 1948, but changing times forced its discontinuation in 1964.

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