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Constance Smith (March 5, 1888 – November 27, 1939) was a member of the Heterodoxy Club.

Constance Smith was the daughter of Capt. H. J. Smith, of Bechley, Sussex, England. Smith moved to the United States in 1928.

After a year and a half at Swarthmore college she transferred to Barnard college in New York and was graduated there in 1934.

She voluntereed with the Wigs and Cues, and helped in putting on “The Castle Spectre”, designing, painting, and making the entire elaborate sets and curtains which made the production an outstanding achievement. In 1938 she designed and made thirty-six Elizabethan costumes for “The Knight of the Burning Pestle” — in addition to improvising a balcony for Brinckerhoff stage and working out a new system of lighting. According to her contemporary, she was the greatest single factor in the success of any accomplishment by Wigs and Cues.

Since 1937 she was a lecturer in the English department at Barnard and assistant in playwriting to Professor Minor W. Latham.

She died after an illness of several weeks. Many friends of Constance Smith presented to Barnard College a memorial in her honor, a set of books on the English Drama. The memorial was organized by Mary Elizabeth Ladue.


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