Enters, Angna, 1907-1989

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Angna Enters, born Anita Irene Enters in New York City to Edward and Henriette (Gasseur-Styleau) Enters, was a performer, artist, lecturer, and author. Enters studied ballet in Milwaukee, where the family relocated in 1914, before returning to New York, where she studied dance with Michio Ito and painting at the Art Students' League. Enters gained recognition in the 1920s for her distinctive stage performances combining dance and mime, and from 1928 to 1960 she played approximately three hundred characters in her traveling Theater of Angna Enters; Enters was responsible for nearly all aspects of her theater, from making costumes and props to composing music. She was also a sculptor and painter, exhibiting work in New York and London. In the 1950s Enters began lecturing at universities, and in the early 1960s she served as an artist in residence at Dallas Theater Center and Baylor University. Among her writings are the stage works "Love Possessed Juana: A Play of the Inquisition in Spain" and "The Unknown Lover," the novel Among the Daughters (1955), and the autobiographies First Person Plural (1937), Silly Girl (1944), and Artist's Life (1958).

Louis Kalonyme, born Louis Kanter, was an art critic and journalist. Kalonyme and Enters met in 1921 and married in 1934.

Biographical information taken from "Angna Enters." Contemporary Authors Online . Detroit: Gale, 2003. Gale Biography In Context (accessed 5 January 2011).

From the guide to the Angna Enters and Louis Kalonyme papers, 1919-1960, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Samuel and Bella Spewack Papers, ca.1920-1980 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Parmenia Migel papers, 1945-1990. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Angna Enters and Louis Kalonyme papers, 1919-1960 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Kalonyme, Louis. person
associatedWith Marin, John, 1870-1953 person
correspondedWith Migel, Parmenia. person
associatedWith O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986 person
associatedWith O'Neill, Carlotta. person
associatedWith O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953 person
associatedWith Spewack, Samuel, 1899-1971 person
associatedWith Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946 person
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Birth 1907

Death 1989

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