the Drama Department stages The Beggar’s Opera in the large scene shop behind Memorial Auditorium

Drama’s roots can be traced, at least as far back as its being from the 1920s onward, to the Division of Public Speaking within the English Department. English itself was housed then in the School of Letters (the precursor to the School of Humanities). In Stanford’s early decades, speaking was taught more as an “applied” rhetorical skill than as a thespian one, just as drawing was more about draftsmanship than about creating purely aesthetic objects.