Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

John Forbes

Second Advisor

Melanie Gustafson

Third Advisor

Gregory Ramos


Louisa Lane Drew, Barrymore, Biography, Actress-Manager, Theatre, 1800s


This thesis explores the life and legacy of actress-manager Louisa Lane Drew (1820-1897), as well as theater at the time through a biographical lens. Her work is largely forgotten from scholarly research, and her influence on theatre was notable. She is remembered mainly for being the matriarch of the famous acting dynasty, the Barrymores, rather than her own contributions for theatre. This thesis aims to shed light on those contributions and fill in some of the holes in previous scholarly work by examining this remarkable woman’s life, legacy and contributions to theatre chronologically.

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