Maud May Babcock is remembered at the University of Utah through its Babcock Theatre and the Babcock Performing Readers. Babcock was a determined and talented international figure who set the pace for students, politicians, businesses, fortune hunters, and noted Utah entertainers.
Utah’s first lady of theater and physical education, Babcock founded the Department of Speech and the Department of Physical Education at the University of Utah, and she was also the first woman given full professorship at the U. During the course of her lifetime, Babcock produced and directed over 300 plays, including Eleusinia, the first play produced by a university in the United States, and she was the driving force behind the Social Hall, the first university-subsidized professional theater in the United States. In addition to her work with drama and speech, Babcock served as president of the board for the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind as well as Chaplain of the Utah Senate, the first woman in the country to hold such a position.
Her story, Legacy will be performed by the Babcock Performing Readers and Murray Heritage Readers on January 11, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Union Building (Union Theatre). This event is free to the public. For more information visit the Facebook event page or call 801-942-2431.