Traveling actress and manager in the nineteenth century: The western career of Nellie Boyd, 1879-1888

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Title:
Traveling actress and manager in the nineteenth century: The western career of Nellie Boyd, 1879-1888
Author:
Crestani, Eliana, 1966-
Issue Date:
1997
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This study examines the activity of the Nellie Boyd Dramatic Company between 1879 and 1888. Actress-manager Nellie Boyd formed the company around 1876 and from 1879 onward she decided to perform exclusively in the western U.S., pioneering several southwestern territories. This thesis discusses the Boyd company's impact on the life of particular western towns; the organization of the company, its repertoire and the possible significance of Boyd's choice of roles; and the critical reception accorded to Boyd and her company. The study of Boyd's career in the West offers insights into the significance of traveling companies on the cultural and social development of growing communities. It illustrates the activity of independent traveling companies parallel to the rise of the combination managerial system. It also reveals the story of a woman leading a successful show-business enterprise and enhancing her personal and professional reputation in the nineteenth-century western scene.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Biography.; History, United States.; Women's Studies.; Theater.
Degree Name:
M.A.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Theater Arts
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Dickey, Jerry

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleTraveling actress and manager in the nineteenth century: The western career of Nellie Boyd, 1879-1888en_US
dc.creatorCrestani, Eliana, 1966-en_US
dc.contributor.authorCrestani, Eliana, 1966-en_US
dc.date.issued1997en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study examines the activity of the Nellie Boyd Dramatic Company between 1879 and 1888. Actress-manager Nellie Boyd formed the company around 1876 and from 1879 onward she decided to perform exclusively in the western U.S., pioneering several southwestern territories. This thesis discusses the Boyd company's impact on the life of particular western towns; the organization of the company, its repertoire and the possible significance of Boyd's choice of roles; and the critical reception accorded to Boyd and her company. The study of Boyd's career in the West offers insights into the significance of traveling companies on the cultural and social development of growing communities. It illustrates the activity of independent traveling companies parallel to the rise of the combination managerial system. It also reveals the story of a woman leading a successful show-business enterprise and enhancing her personal and professional reputation in the nineteenth-century western scene.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectBiography.en_US
dc.subjectHistory, United States.en_US
dc.subjectWomen's Studies.en_US
dc.subjectTheater.en_US
thesis.degree.nameM.A.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineTheater Artsen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorDickey, Jerryen_US
dc.identifier.proquest1384552en_US
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b34796022en_US
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