Annie E.F. Horniman
English Dramatic Manager and Producer
1860 – 1937 A.D.
Annie E.F. Horniman, an English dramatic manager and producer. She studied art at the Slade School, London, and in 1894 attempted her first dramatic experiment at the Avenue Theatre. In 1904 she provided the Irish National Theatre Society with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin – at her own expense, and subsidized it for a number of years.
In 1908 she bought the Gaiety Theatre of Manchester, and made of it a repertory house, and the first endowed theatre in England. Her company was very successful, and her productions of many worthy new plays gave an impetus to the progress of the modern drama, and brought to light many dramatic works of genius which might otherwise never have been produced.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.