Webster University Student Theatre Chronology

1915: Webster University is founded as Loretto College by the Sisters of Loretto.
1917: The Loretto Players perform their first major play, The Ladies of Cranford.
1928: The Loretto Players perform Ronald Castlemain's Romance (by Louise Van Voorhis Armstrong), the first-ever "masked" play in St. Louis, combining pantomime and modern dance.
1934: Webster College establishes a department of speech and offers a major in speech (including theater) for the first time.
1939: Harry McClain starts the tradition of making a pilgrimage to the Shakespeare statue in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis.
1957: Sr. Marita Michenfelder (later Marita Woodruff) becomes head of the Speech and Drama Department at Webster.
1962: Sr. Marita Michenfelder and Wayne Loui create Theatre Impact, a Webster College troupe of students and professionals which presented outdoor summertime productions.
1962: Men are allowed to take classes in the arts at Webster.
1966: The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis is founded as part of Webster College and the Loretto-Hilton Center opens.
1967: The Conservatory curriculum is established, marking a new approach to the foundational skill courses.
1982: The Theatre Arts Department is renamed the Theatre and Dance Department.
2010: With the creation of a separate Dance Department, the theatre department is named the Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

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