Houseman, John.

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Born Jacques Haussmann in Bucharest, Romania on September 22, 1902, of a Alsatian father and English mother; attended Clifton College Preparatory School, Bristol, England, 1916-1918; moved to U.S. in 1924; was grain export businessman while doing freelance writing and translating plays; entered theatrical production and direction upon collapse of stock market; by early 1930s was writing, producing and directing for New York stage; supervised Federal Theatre Project's Negro Theatre Project; taught at Vassar; founded Mercury Theater with Orson Welles in 1937, and collaborated with Welles on the radio series The Mercury theatre of the air ; collaborated on screenplay of Citizen Kane, and in 1941 became vice-president of David O. Selznick productions; chief of overseas radio division, Bureau of the Office of War Information, 1942-43; producer of film, television, and stage productions; artistic director of American Shakespeare Festival Theatre and Academy in Stratford, Connecticut, 1956-1959; artistic director of Theatre Group of Los Angeles in 1960s, which became nucleus of Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles; director of drama division of Juilliard School, New York City, 1967-1976; founder of the Acting Company in New York City, 1972; received Oscar for role in Paper Chase ; acted in television show of same name; died October 31, 1988.

From the guide to the John Houseman Papers, 1930-1989, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Lucille Lortel papers, 1902-2000 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Mina Kirstein Curtiss Papers MS 250., 1913-2005 Sophia Smith Collection
referencedIn Joseph Barnes Papers, 1923-1970 Columbia University. Rare Book an Manuscript Library
referencedIn Davis, David M. (David McFarland), 1926-2007. Papers. University of Maryland (College Park, Md.). Libraries
creatorOf John Houseman Papers, 1930-1989 University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
referencedIn Miklos Rozsa Papers, 1918-1996 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Welles mss., 1930-1950, (Bulk 1936-1947) Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Media Resources Center (University of Michigan) records, 1948-1987, 1948-1987 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Media Resources Center (University of Michigan) films and videotapes, 1930s and 1948-1986 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Schakmundes, Jean-Jacques. Dracula [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn The Good Fight: the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War, : Production Materials, Bulk, 1979-1982, 1936-1983, (Bulk 1979-1982) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Howard Teichmann Papers, 1857-2001, (bulk 1940-1987) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Schakmundès, Jean-Jacques. Dracula. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Arthur Unger collection of recorded interviews [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn John Bartlow Martin Papers, 1900-1986, (bulk 1939-1983) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn The Virgil Thomson Papers, 1804-1990 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Barnes, Joseph, 1907-1970 person
associatedWith Buchner, Noel person
correspondedWith Curtiss, Mina Kirstein, 1896- person
associatedWith Davis, David M. (David McFarland), 1926- person
associatedWith Lortel, Lucille person
correspondedWith Martin, John Bartlow, 1915-1987 person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Rózsa, Miklós, 1907-1995 person
associatedWith Saddler, Donald person
correspondedWith Teichmann, Howard. person
associatedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896- person
associatedWith Unger, Arthur person
associatedWith University of Michigan. Media Resources Center. corporateBody
associatedWith Welles, Orson, 1915-1985 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Motion picture producers and directors
Theatrical producers and directors


Birth 1902-09-22

Death 1988-10-31




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