Louis Esson

Louis Esson

Louis Esson was born Thomas Louis Buvelot Esson in 1878 in Edinburgh, Scotland. When he was three years old Esson and his recently widowed mother moved to Melbourne. He attended the University of Melbourne but it was arguably his time in Ireland, and the friendships he forged with Yeats and Synge, that inspired him to create an Australian national theatre that could serve as a political and social forum. In the early 1920s, Esson founded the Pioneer Players along with other creative intellectuals including Katherine Susannah Prichard and Vance Palmer. Whilst his vision of a national theatre was not fully realised through the Pioneer Players, the company, and Esson himself produced a number of works that shaped the landscape of Australian drama. Esson died in in 1943, survived by his wife Hilda Esson.