Chautauqua the Backstory: An Evening with George Frein, Founder of Greenville Chautauqua (Virtual interview on Zoom)

Event details

  • November 16, 2021
  • 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Virtual event on Zoom see link below
  • 864-244-1499

  |  Cost: Free (Registration required)

Chautauqua the Backstory: An evening with George Frein, led by Larry Bounds

How did Greenville SC get to be the homebase of the largest independent Chautauqua Festival in the world? How did the idea of Chautauqua start in the first place?

George Frein, Ph.D., Founder of Greenville Chautauqua and veteran Chautauqua performer is interviewed by Larry Bounds, Chair of Greenville Chautauqua and fellow Chautauqua performer.

Go behind the scenes to discover the backstories and ask questions to the mastermind behind Greenville Chautauqua.


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The event will feature audience Q/A. Everyone who has registered for the event will receive an email with a link to a recording of the  presentation that will be available for two weeks only.

George Frein from Ft Worth, TX

George Frein, Ph.D., is a nationally acclaimed Chautauqua performer who started in the Great Plains Chautauqua in the mid 1980’s and has performed consistently ever since.

In 1998 he was newly retired from the University of North Dakota Department of Religion when his wife Shelly became a professor at Furman University.

In 1999 with the help of the South Carolina Humanities Council and local Greenville heros like Judy Bainbridge, AV Huff, Duff Bruce and Lucy and Tom Tiller, George produced the first Greenville Chautauqua Festival. And that was the beginning of the story.

George served as Greenville Chautauqua’s Artistic Director from 1999 until he moved to Ft Worth, TX several years ago.