George Cram Cook or Jig Cook was an American theatre producer, director, playwright, novelist, poet, and university professor. Believing it was his personal mission to inspire others, Cook led the founding of the Provincetown Players on Cape Cod in 1915; their "creative collective" was considered the first modern American theatre company. During his seven-year tenure with the group, Cook oversaw the production of nearly one-hundred new plays by fifty American playwrights. He is particularly remembered for producing the first plays of Eugene O'Neill, along with those of Cook's wife Susan Glaspell, and several other noted writers. While teaching English literature at the University of Iowa from 1896 to 1899, Cook also taught what is thought to be the first creative writing course. Titled "Verse-Making," the course was continued by Cook's colleagues at the university after he left. It was not until the 1950s that the Iowa Writers Workshop was founded.
|Born:||George Cram Cook, October 7, 1873, Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Died:||January 11, 1924, Delphi, Greece|
|Other names:||Jig Cook|
|Alma mater:||University of Iowa, Harvard|
|Known for:||Provincetown Players|
|Spouse(s):||Sara H Swain, Molly Price, Susan Glaspell|
|Children:||Nilla Cram Cook, Harl Cook|
About George Cram Cook
Playwright who co-founded the Provincetown Players and aided in the development of the American theater.
He taught literature at Stanford University but left academia to financially support his writing career through working as a farmer.
He and his wife started the Provincetown Players in order to produce their jointly-written play, "Suppressed Desires." Eventually, the organization expanded to find and support other, budding playwrights.
He was married to novelist and playwright, Susan Glaspell.
It was with Provincetown Players that dramatist Eugene O'Neill staged his career-launching plays.
Information related to George Cram Cook
- Writers from Davenport, Iowa
- Stanford University Department of English faculty
- Modernist theatre