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 (thĕs′pĭs) fl. sixth century bc.
Greek poet who reputedly originated Greek tragedy.
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(Biography) 6th century bc, Greek poet, regarded as the founder of tragic drama
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(ˈθɛs pɪs)

fl. 6th century B.C., Greek poet.
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The world hath been often compared to the theatre; and many grave writers, as well as the poets, have considered human life as a great drama, resembling, in almost every particular, those scenical representations which Thespis is first reported to have invented, and which have been since received with so much approbation and delight in all polite countries.
1871: Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time on the opera Thespis.
The creative team that put together the cast, are Andrew Beal, whose musical of "Song of Solomon" was nominated for Best Musical at the Thespis New York Festival, and for Best Concept Album, and is acclaimed as "a breathtaking epic crescendo.
About four months ago, she returned to the stage to play Mercury in OMP's performance of the comic opera Thespis. Pasternak was upfront with her employer regarding her desire to be ready for the opening curtain.<br />"I made the commitment, and I let my job know that I would have to leave at five o'clock some days," she explains.
Even our word for those who tread the boards comes from the period: Thespis being, apparently, the first recorded actor in Greek drama.
* The International Thespian Society has awarded Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Fla., the Spirit of Thespis Award.
Abayomi Ayeni, (a.k.a Thespis), who has inherited her mother's 'calling', but added music to it, told R that there was no need for anybody to panic.
The most significant contribution of the new edition is the inclusion of that most mysterious of all Gilbert and Sullivan works, their first full-length (and mostly lost) operetta Thespis. It was presented for sixty-three performances in London in 1871 and then seems to have disappeared.
Although his father was a small-time actor (with outsize dreams), Bryan Cranston didn't pledge himself to Thespis until he was stranded for six rainy days and nights in a picnic area on the Blue Ridge Parkway with only an anthology of plays for entertainment.