Today marks the death of dramatist and long time theatre developer Lady Gregory Augusta (1852-1932). Since her plays are no longer in circulation, I can't much revere her for being an iconic writer but I feel I must expose the impact she's had on the national theatre scene in Ireland and therefore the global theatre scene at large.
Lady Gregory began her career as a writer of folklore and essays. For her love of literature, she soon founded, along with William Butler Yeats and Edward Martin, The Irish Literary Theatre. The theatre held the mission to produce Irish plays by Irish playwrights in Dublin. It opened its doors in 1899 and closed in 1901 due to lack of funding.
Lady Gregory was born into an elevated class and, upon marrying a knight, used her fortunes and privileges to support cultural nationalism. As a self-producing, script-developing, company-owning woman, I step proudly in the footsteps of Lady Gregory. May we see many more women rise to the occasion and lead national culturalism to new places.
We give a big Newborn shout-out to friends whose companies have also been founded by women: That's What She Said (Toronto), Steady State Theatre (Toronto), Nightwood Theatre (Toronto),