Houghton, Norris

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Houghton, Norris Gender: M
Charles Norris Houghton
born on 26 December 1909 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Indianapolis, Indiana, 39n46, 86w09
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 04°04' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 28°23 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 06°04'

Norris Houghton (Sketched by Moscow students, 27 October 1960)
photo: Fiachra10003, license cc-by-sa-4.0


American theatre visionary whose career spanned seven decades. Credited with over 50 theatre productions, he was stage manager, scenic designer, producer, director, theatre manager, academician, author, and public policy advocate: these myriad roles reflect his chosen life as a "generalist," a multifaceted "theatre man." He is celebrated for accomplishments that reflect this span: as the premier American expert of 20th-century Russian Theatre; as a major force in creating the "off-Broadway" movement and inspiring live theatre throughout the country; as a mentor to actors and innovators in world theatre; as an influential advocate of arts education; and as a student and educator of global theatre chosen by prestigious foundations to study and report on theatre across the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

His career culminated with his accomplishments as a distinguished scholar and teacher, selected to teach and promote theatre as part of a liberal education in such prominent universities as Princeton, Columbia, and Vassar; his academic career was completed at the State University of New York, where he helped create the SUNY Purchase campus and served as founding Dean of Theatre and Film. A prolific author, this multifaceted life is documented in his books and articles, and his work has been the subject of analysis and commentary by admiring colleagues and reviewers in numerous articles, books, journals, and newspapers. His books and papers are preserved for study in prestigious university and college library, archives, and rare book collections.

Norris Houghton died on 9 October 2001, aged 91.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate. The data is rated C because the time is given as "5 M" - AM or PM is not stated.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 91)
  • Vocation : Art : Stage/ Set design (Stage)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher (Scholar)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director (Stage)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Manager/ Agent (Stage)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Stage)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Who's Who (Who's Who in the Theatre)