1933: York Little Theatre
Over 85 years of history
During the deep depression of 1933, a group of Yorkers gathered at the studio of Helen Weiser Ziegler and decided to form a community theatre, or “Little Theatre”. This was a very popular movement nation-wide. On February 5, 1933, this group met at the YWCA and officially organized the York Little Theatre, electing Edwin T. Moul as the first president.
From February through December they presented 16 one-act plays at the Women’s Club, the York Collegiate Institute and the YWCA. On December 14, 1933, York Little Theatre presented its first full-length public performance, LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN, at the Phineas Davis School Auditorium.