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Theaters were demolished, turned into burlesque houses or radio studios or simply left abandoned. Actors, ill suited for other jobs, which didn’t exist anyway, had nowhere to turn. Relief Administrator Harry Hopkins realized the needs of artists, including actors. He saw to the establishment of the Federal Music Project, Federal Art Project, and Federal Writers’ Project. Mrs. Hallie Flanagan of Vassar College was hired by the government to oversee the fourth such program, dubbed the Federal Th eater Project. Altogether, the WPA employed 40,000 artists by the end of 1936.