Elia Kazan

  • Writers and Motion Pictures

    ELIA KAZAJN graduated from Williams College in 1930, studied at the Yale Drama School, and joined the Group Theatre as an apprentice actor. After some years of stage managing and walk-ons, he scored a hit in Golden Boy, hut then stopped acting to direct, first in the theatre and later in films. Of the twenty-odd plays which he has directed, the best-remembered are The Skin of Our Teeth, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, Tea and Sympathy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; of the motion pictures, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Gentleman’s Agreement, Streetcar again, On the Waterfront, and the current and controversial Baby Doll. In preparation is A Face in the Crowd, for the published version of which this article serves as an introduction.