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Margo Jones

Texan Margo Jones revolutionized American theater. At a time when few professional drama companies existed outside New York, Jones fought for regional productions and new voices. Determined to create the best theater in America, she said, "I saw no reason why I couldn't have it in Houston." In 1947, in Dallas, Jones founded America's first modern professional resident theater, which in turn launched the regional theater movement throughout the nation.

Image: Portrait of Margo Jones. Image from the collections of the Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library.

Audio: Houston Public Media