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What's in a name? Part VIII

Do you ever wonder about the people for whom buildings on TWU campuses are named?

Okay, it’s technically not a “building,” but the Margo Jones Performance Hall is a facility named after a TWU alumna who was an important figure in American theater history.

Margo Jones, nicknamed “The Texas Tornado,” is credited with launching the regional theater movement throughout the nation when she founded the United States’ first modern professional resident theater and first professional theater-in-the-round in Dallas in 1947.

Jones graduated from what then was known as the College of Industrial Arts in 1931 with a bachelor of science degree in speech. The college did not offer a master’s program in speech, so Jones earned her master of arts in psychology in 1933.

Read more about Margo Jones from Humanities Texas.


This is the eighth story in an occasional series on the history behind TWU buildings.
Previous stories:
Part I — Stoddard Hall
Part II — Student Union
Part III — Blagg-Huey Library
Part IV — Stark and Guinn residence halls
Part V – TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences – Dallas Center
Part VI — Ann Stuart Science Complex
Part VII — Bralley Annex