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. Her enthusiasm earned her the nickname the "Texas Tornado" and led Tennessee Williams to describe her as a combination of Joan of Arc, Gene Autry, and nitroglycerine. In 1947, in Dallas, Jones founded America's first modern professional resident theater, which in turn launched the regional theater movement throughout the nation. More»

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