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The theatre program at Northwestern College was in low gear until the arrival of a remarkable individual.

Theora (Mrs. Harry) England was hired to teach math at the Northwestern Classical Academy in 1942. However, her association with drama began promptly. The 1942-43 Northwestern Junior College and Academy catalog reports that the annual play put on by the senior class of the academy was directed by Theora England.

Theora England, circa 1950 Apparently this experience in drama awakened an interest in theatre that, it turns out, led England to pursue graduate study in the field. And in the 1949-50 academic year she became a member of the speech department at the junior college, teaching dramatics, while at the same time teaching English and speech at the academy. (England received her PhD in 1964 from the University of Minnesota.)

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