The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature.
In all the great periods of the drama perfect freedom of choice and subject, perfect freedom of individual treatment, and an audience eager to give itself to sympathetic listening, even if instruction be involved, have brought the great results.
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|Birth:||4th April, 1866|
|Death:||6th January, 1935|
George Pierce Baker was an American educator in the field of drama. He graduated from the Harvard University. He served as Editor-in-Chief of The Harvard Monthly, and taught in the English Department at Harvard from 1888 until 1924. He started his "47 workshop" class in playwriting in 1905. In 1908 he began the Harvard Dramatic Club. He was also selected to teach a seminar whose unconfirmed title was "Shakespeare" or "the English drama" at the Sorbonne University in 1908. In 1925 he helped found the Yale School of Drama. He wrote several books include: Dramatic technique, The development of Shakes, and The Pilgrim spirit.
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