Annie Russell Theatre
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The Annie Russell Theatre was designed by Richard Kiehnel, who was responsible for establishing the College's defining architectural style. The Theatre and the neighboring Knowles Memorial Chapel were constructed in tandem and celebrated a joint dedication. The buildings share a garden and are connected by a tiled loggia, typical of the Spanish Mediterranean architecture that characterizes the Rollins campus.
The Theatre was a gift of Mrs. Edward W. Bok in honor of her friend Annie Russell, an actress of international renown. Miss Russell returned to the stage to act in the Theatre's inaugural production and assisted in building the College's dramatic arts program, which has produced award-winning stage and film actors, directors, and writers.
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