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"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"
—The Wizard of Oz

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Lewis W. Heniford (April 16, 1928-____ ), drama teacher, actor, librarian, videographer, and writer, trained in the postgraduate theatre program at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill with the Carolina Playmakers.

He holds an A.B. degree in English from U.N.C., a Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. degree in Speech and Drama from Stanford University.

He has taught drama and directed plays in North Carolina, Montana, California (U.S.A.), Germany, and Mexico—in high schools, community colleges, universities, and community theatres.

The Carolina Playmakers' legendary high regard for the one-act play format conditioned Dr. Heniford's entire career in theatre. Since 1947, he has directed or produced more than a thousand short plays. Some of these won statewide awards in North Carolina and Montana. Some appeared on the programs of California statewide theatre and library conventions.

He received a U.S. Office of Education grant to found PACTO (Pan-American Community Theatre Organization) and has directed and produced one-act and full-length Spanish-language plays.

His students in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s presented short plays throughout the academic year, during many years producing a different short play each week and taking shows off campus to appropriate venues in their community.

He established a major collection of one-act plays, many of them rare; these scripts are archived in the Lewis W. Heniford Drama Collection, The Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California, U.S.A.

Currently, he is

Dr. Heniford's writing includes short and long plays, a novel, computer guides, interactive multimedia software, and Web pages.



1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays, vol. 2 (Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A., and London: The Scarecrow Press, 1999), ISBN 0810836009.

1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays, vol. 1 (Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A., and London: The Scarecrow Press, 1995), ISBN 0810829851.

Developed from 1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays. M.L.S Thesis. San Jose State University, 1993.
Getting Started. San Francisco: Horizon Software Systems, Inc., 1982.
Authored and edited the tutorial and reference card for HorizonWordprocessor.
The Horizon Software System: User's Guide, Version 3.3. San Francisco: Horizon Software Systems, Inc., 1984.
Tutorial, word processing reference and index, formatting, mailmerge, sorting, spelling checker, installation.
Library Latest, Volume 1, Number 1. Salinas, California: North Salinas High School Library, April, 1993.
Authored newsletter for faculty readership.
The Legal System Text Editor. San Francisco CA: Paul S. Miller & Associates, 1981.
Authored and edited first edition.
"Narrative Report of Project Funded under Title III ESEA; Pan-American Community Theatre Organization," The California Pace. Sacramento CA: California State Department of Education, 1969.
Report of funded project to advance creativity in education.
"The New UNIX Release: How Is It Different?" COMMUNIXATIONS. No. 5, February, 1982.
Co-authored with Charles Clanton and Paul Miller and edited this comparison of UNIX Version 7 and UNIX System III (i.e., Seventh Edition). Published by /usr/group, P.O. Box 8570, Stanford CA 94305-0221.
Plexus P/40 User's Guide. Sunnyvale CA: Plexus Computers, Inc., 1981.
Edited first edition.
S. N. Behrman as a Social Dramatist. Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 1964.

Timber Management System User's Guide. Branscomb, California: Harwood Investment, Inc., 1980.

Edited first edition.
VisiTEST: A Java Internet Database Connectivity Tool. San Mateo, California: Visigenic Software, Inc., 1996.
Authored documentation for print and electronic distribution.


Cross a Far River, a full-length drama

"It Is the Night," a one-act Christmas drama

"Love's Light Wings ," a one-act drama

"An Odious Damned Lie ," a one-act play

"Play for Jimbo ," a one-act play

"Shrew You," a one-act comedy

Westwords, a novel

When You Came Along, a full-length drama

This Website continues under construction and welcomes new citations and comments.

Page mounted May 9, 1999 and updated July 20, September 22, 2000, March 9, 2003, August 5, 2003, by the site Webmaster.

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