Herbert L. Shore was born on June 6, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
to Meyer and Frances (Smiler) Shore.
He received a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania
in 1942. From 1943 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Marine Corps,
he was wounded in the Pacific Theater.
Upon his return to the U.S., he enrolled in postgraduate work
at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research in
York City from 1946 to 1948; and at Stanford University, Palo Alto,
California, where he received his Ph.D. in 1958.
Shore had a variety of interests that are evidenced by his professional
career. He was a university professor, theater director, expert
in African theater, oral historian, consultant, writer (plays,
stories, poetry and essays) and social activist. He was founding
director in 1972 of Theatre for a New Repertory, (TNR)/Moebius
Theatre/Dance Ensemble in Los Angeles, California. With his wife
and artistic partner, Yen Lu Wong, Professor of Dance and Theater
at San Jose State University, California, he collaborated on several
works in the 1970s.
During the 1960s, Shore was invited to develop theater programs
at several African universities. His work led to close associations
with prominent writers and revolutionary leaders. His most enduring
connection was with Eduardo Mondlane (Oberlin Class of 1953), founding
president of Frente de Libertacao de Mocambique (FRELIMO). With
the help of Mrs. Janet Mondlane and others, Shore collected material
relating to Mondlane’s life. Eventually Shore donated these
materials to the Oberlin College Archives. For his work on behalf
of Mozambique, Shore was honored with the Bagamoyo Medal in 1989.
He was an honorary member of the African National Congress.
From 1974 to 1988, Shore was director of the Council on the Arts,
Culture and Technology (TACT), a UNESCO-related consortium of institutions
and organizations involved in interdisciplinary research and later
an independent non-governmental organization.
At the University of Southern California (from 1979 until retirement
in 1993), Shore served in several capacities, including professor;
Associate Dean, School of Performing Arts, 1979-84; and, Director,
Division of Inter-Arts and Cultural Studies, 1979-1984. He was
senior scholar for the Center for Multi-ethnic and Transitional
Studies,1993-2004?, and taught in the graduate program in professional
Numerous fellowships and grants took Shore from Australia to
Africa throughout his career. Shore received grant awards from
such as the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, and the Mobil Oil
Herbert Shore married Yen Lu Wong on December 23, 1977. They
had two daughters, Pia Ilyan Wong Griesenbeck and Maya Iming Richards.
He died September 26, 2004 in Davis, California, where he had lived
in a retirement home.
For additional information see:
Davis (California) Enterprise, Obituary, October 6, 2004
Herbert Shore Curriculum Vitae, 1989(?) 16 pages
Herbert Shore Collection in Honor of Eduardo Mondlane, 30/307
Who’s Who in America, 2005