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Hendrix To Celebrate Three Momentous Milestones September 9

CONWAY, Ark. (August 21, 2017) – In the 2017-18 academic year, both Cabe Theatre and the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language will mark 40 years at the College, and Dr. Rosemary Henenberg, professor of theatre arts emerita, celebrates her 80th birthday. A September 9 event will honor the impact of these three Hendrix institutions. 

The celebration begins in Cabe Theatre at 4 p.m., and a reception (which will, of course, include birthday cake) immediately follows. The public is invited to attend.

To commemorate the occasion, three special guests will discuss the value of literature and language both on the stage and in liberal arts education: 

  • Douglas Blackmon ’86, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Atlanta bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal
  • Dr. John Churchill, former secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and former Dean of the College
  • Dr. Jeanne Hensley Griggs ’82, director of the Writing Center at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio

About Cabe Theatre

Cabe Theatre opened its doors to students in September 1977 and hosted its first performance in November of the same year. Since then, 129 plays and many student-directed one-acts have been performed on its thrust stage, which provides a more intimate actor-audience relationship appropriate for modern plays and ancient plays alike. Cabe has provided a home for experiential learning in acting, voice, directing, costuming, theatre production, and more. It was designed by the late Professor Frank Roland with the assistance of Dr. Rosemary Henenberg, and built by Nabholz Construction.

About the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language

Since 1978, the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation has enriched the study of literature and language for the Hendrix community. It was established by the late Mr. Charles H. Murphy, Jr., former Chair of the Board of Murphy Oil Corporation and former member of the Hendrix Board of Trustees, in memory of his mother, Mrs. Bertie Wilson Murphy, who possessed a lifelong love of literature and language. Current Hendrix-Murphy offerings include the Murphy Scholars Program, the Distinguished Visiting Writer series, immersive foreign language experiences, a playwriting contest and other literary competitions, a student reading series for original works, study abroad opportunities, literary discussion groups, internships, and local outreach to strengthen literature and language in the community beyond Hendrix.

About Rosemary Henenberg

Dr. Rosemary Henenberg, Willis H. Holmes Distinguished Professor of Theatre Arts, Emerita, earned a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree from Baylor University, and a doctorate in Comparative Arts from Ohio University. During her tenure at Hendrix, Henenberg served as chair of the Theatre Arts department and Humanities Area chair. In 1977, she was named the inaugural director of the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language. Henenberg directed more than 100 productions at Hendrix, involving almost 5,000 students. She retired in 2002.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit