Cleon Throckmorton

Fellow: Awarded 1935

Field of Study: Theatre Arts

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 10-08-1897

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1935–36:

THROCKMORTON, CLEON:  Appointed for a study of certain historical theatres of Europe, as well as of modern productions, chiefly on the architectural and mechanical sides, with the purpose of gathering material for a work on the simplification of theatrical production; tenure, twelve months from June 1, 1935.

Born October 8, 1897, at Absecon, New Jersey. Education: Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1917–18; George Washington University, 1918–19. Studied with Charles Hawthorne and Alexis Many.

Assistant in electrical research, 1916–19, United States Bureau of Standards; Scenic Director and Member of Board, 1920–28, Provincetown Players; Instructor in Drama, 1920–22, Howard University; Technical Director and Member of the Board, 1922–24, Greenwich Village Theatre; Co-producer, 1928–30, Hoboken Theatrical Company.

Publications: Born in a Beer Garden, 1929 (with Christopher Morley); Catalog of the Theatre, 1932.

Work exhibited at Corcoran Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Club of Washington, Museum of City of New York, Newark Museum, Museum of Modern Art.

Architect of Cape Playhouse, Dennis, Massachusetts; Country Playhouse, Westport, Connecticut; Wharf Theatre, Provincetown, Massachusetts; Hay Barn Theatre, New Milford, Connecticut. Builder of Theatre of King-Coit School, New York City.

Designer of one hundred and forty-nine New York theatrical productions (1920-34), including The Emperor Jones, All God’s Chillun, Diff’rent, Glencairn Cycle, Porgy, House of Connelly, In Abraham’s Bosom, Alien Corn, After Dark.



Photograph credit: Nikolas Murray, N.Y.