elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Helen Arthur (March 29, 1879 – December 9, 1939)

Helen Arthur was a theatre manager, known for managing the Neighborhood Playhouse for thirteen seasons. Arthur was the manager of several notable actors, including Ruth Draper. She was the first woman to try a criminal case in New York State. Helen Arthur's legal work brought her into contact with Lillian Wald of the Henry Street Settlement. Arthur was in residence at the Settlement during 1906, and was one of two people known to have had romantic relationships with Wald. Arthur was responsible for introducing Agnes Morgan (by that time her partner) to Lewisohn, who went on to become one of the Playhouse's most significant directors. In her memoir of the Playhouse, Lewisohn (now Crowley) described Arthur as "lithe, shirt-waisted, and stiff-colored Helen Arthur, dapper, bright-eyed, keen; and her friend the quiet, serious, watchful Agnes Morgan." Of the relationship between Arthur and Agnes Morgan, another Playhouse performer said they "were a lesbian couple; just everyone knew."

Timeline & Places:

• March 29, 1879: born.

• 1897 to 1898: attended Northwestern University, 633 Clark St, Evanston, IL 60208, Stati Uniti

• 1890s: attended New York University, New York, 10003, Stati Uniti

• 1906: lived at Henry Street Settlement, 265 Henry St, New York, NY 10002, Stati Uniti, sharing with Lillian Wald

• 1915 to 1927: worked at Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, 340 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022, Stati Uniti

• December 9, 1939: died.


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