By the late 1520s, the schoolboys, under the guidance of Lily's surmaster
John Rightwise, would perform Terence's Phormio in Latin before Wolsey, its presumed patron, apparently word for word.
(122) Earlier still, the appointment of William Lily, who "had studied in Italy under Pomponio Leto (the first modern producer of Roman plays in Europe)," to be the first schoolmaster of the grammar school at Paul's for the poor founded by John Colet in 1512, led Shapiro to conjecture that he too promoted "the pedagogical value of dramatic performance." (123) Certainly, Lily's surmaster
, John Rightwise brought his schoolboys of St.