Irene Olivia Colbert Edmonds

Irene C. Edmonds (1908-1968) was an assistant professor of humanities, speech and drama at FAMU (1948—1968).  Edmonds was one of the early pioneers in educational children’s theatre and worked in that arena for 28 years.  She established he first children’s theatre in any Historically Black College or University at Dillard University in 1935 where it flourished under her direction for twelve (12) years. She organized and directed the FAMU Creative Children’s Theatre (1948-1960) which grew to great prominence.  Her work with the FAMU Playmakers Verse Choir also received wide national acclaim.  In honor of Mrs. Edmonds' pioneering work in children's theatre at FAMU, Dr. Matthews has reinstated the children’s theatre and named the organization the Irene C. Edmonds Youth Theatre.

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