In 1875, German-born Mathias Armbruster opened the first scenic design company in the United States: The Armbruster and Sons Scenic Studios on S. Front Street in Columbus. During the early 1900s, the studio flourished and was considered the second largest provider of stage scenery in the country. It provided designs for minstrel shows, theatre, and other stage performances across the country, particularly in the Midwest, before closing in 1958. We take a closer look at the work of Mathias Armbruster, his connection to Columbus, and his theatrical set designs that are now housed at The Ohio State University.
Category: Theater and Dance