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Arnold Olaf Sundgaard

Arnold Olaf Sundgaard, American playwright. Rockefeller Fellow, 1935, Dramatists Guild Fellow, 1939, Guggenheim Fellow, 1951. Member American Society of Composers, Dramatists Guild, Songwriters Guild, Authors Guild, Pen West.


  • Sundgaard, Arnold Olaf was born on October 31, 1909 in St. Paul. Son of Olaf Johannes Sundgaard and Borghild Marie Pehrson.

  • Education

    • Student, Yale University, 1935. Bachelor, University Wisconsin, 1935.


    • Resident playwright University Texas, 1945. Lecturer Columbia University, New York City, 1946-1949. Head drama department Bennington (Vermont) College, Vermont, 1949-1951.

      Staff Tanglewood, 1950. Member Chicago Federal Theatre, 1936-1938, Barter Theatre, 1938, Group Theatre, 1939, Theatre Inc., 1945 (founding), Chekhov Theatre Studio, 1941, Actors Studio, 1963. Playwright, lecturer, associate professor University Illinois, 1949.

      Visiting lecturer in playwriting State University of New York Stony Brook, 1967-1968. Occupied John Cranford Adams Chair in Literature, Hofstra University, 1970-1971. United States Exchange Lecturer, Trinity College, Dublin, 1958-1959.


    • The Bear Who Loved Puccini
    • Robert Remsen "Barefoot" Rainfeld follows his dream of becoming an opera singer, and his persistence and dedication pay off when he is finally invited to sing Puccini at La Scala.


    Member American Society of Composers, Dramatists Guild, Songwriters Guild, Authors Guild, Pen West. Clubs: Century (New York ).


    • Married Margaret Christianson, January 3, 1929 (divorced). Children: Joy, Jill; married Marge Kane, January 17, 1940 (deceased 1998). Children: Stephen, Jeremy.
    • father: Olaf Johannes Sundgaard
    • mother: Borghild Marie Pehrson
    • spouses: Margaret Christianson
    • Marge Kane
    • children: Joy Sundgaard
    • Jill Sundgaard
    • Stephen Sundgaard
    • Jeremy Sundgaard
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    Born October 31, 1909
    Died October 22, 2006
    (aged 96)
    • 1935
      Yale University
    • 1935
      University Wisconsin
    • 1945
      Resident, playwright University Texas
    • 1946 - 1949
      lecturer, Columbia University
    • 1949 - 1951
      head, drama department Bennington (Vermont) College
      Vermont, United States
    • 1950
      staff Tanglewood