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Frederick Henry Koch
Birth: Sep. 12, 1877
Kentucky, USA
Death: Aug. 16, 1944

Author. He is known as the "Father of American Folk Drama." While teaching at the University of North Carolina, he founded the "Carolina Playmakers," one of the nation's most influential repertoire groups of its day. He served as a mentor to Thomas Wolfe, Paul Green, Sarah Knott, and Gwen Pharis, to name a few. Many writers attributed their success to his influence. The Carolina Playmakers produced a large number of writers, actors, directors, and designers who made names for themselves in movies and on Broadway. He published several collections of plays, including "American Folk Plays," "Mexican Folk Plays," and several in a series which featured writers from the Carolina Playmakers and other groups he fronted. Earlier in his career, he wrote several books about drama, including, "A Pageant of the Northwest," "Shakespeare the Playmaker," "Amateur Values in Pageantry," "The Amateur Theatre in the University," and "Toward the Municipal Theatre." (bio by: Evening Blues) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Jean H Koch (1888 - 1980)*
 
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Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Old Chapel Hill Cemetery
Chapel Hill (Orange County)
Orange County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Evening Blues
Record added: Nov 10, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 8076242
Frederick Henry Koch
Added by: Gene Nichols
 
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- David Wend
 Added: Sep. 12, 2014
Forget Me Nots for you.
- Gary Koch
 Added: Mar. 27, 2014
Thank you for founding Carolina Playmakers. I have benefitted enormously from it.
- Dr Mary Ann Wimsatt
 Added: Jun. 15, 2013
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