Theater director, professor of theatre.  Born– Mar. 17, 1907, Camp Hill, Ala. Parents– Julius Arthur and Anne (Slaughter) Kernodle. Married– Portia Baker. Education– St. Lawrence University, B.S., 1926; Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1926-1928; Columbia University, 1928-1929; University of Chicago, M.A.; Yale University, Ph.D., 1937. Taught at Ball State Teachers College, 1930-1932; Western Reserve University, 1936-1945; University of Iowa, 1945-1950; University of Tulsa, 1950-1952; University of Arkansas, 1952-74. Visiting professor appointments at several universities; Sterling Fellow in Europe, 1938-1939; Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 1939; Arkansas Alumni Association Award, 1973. Member; American Theater Association; American Society for Theater Research. Directed over 100 plays; translated and produced eight Moliere plays. Died January 30, 1988.


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From Art to Theatre. Chicago; University of Chicago Press, 1944.

Invitation to the Theatre. New York; Harcourt, 1967.

The Miser; a New Version with Songs in the Style of the Period as Produced at the State University of Iowa, March 18, 1946. Iowa City, Iowa; s.n., 1946.

Perspectives in the Renaissance Theatre; the Pictorial Sources and the Development of Scenic Forms. New Haven, Conn.; Yale University Press, 1937.

Theatre in History. Fayetteville, Ark.; University of Arkansas Press, 1989.


The Renaissance Stage. Coral Gables, Fla.; University of Miami Press, 1958.


A collection of the papers of George Riley Kernodle is held by the Special Collections Department at the Library of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Arkansas.