Grant Deadline: September 16, 2016

The American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP) – a network of archivists, dramaturgs, and scholars dedicated to preserving the legacy of the American theatre – invites applications from theatre companies for its 2016-2017 Initiation Program. The ATAP Initiation Program places an archivist-documentarian team with a theatre company to do a preliminary assessment of records of historical value and to develop a plan for establishing company archives.

The ATAP Initiation Program accepts applications from any theatre company ready to begin the process of formally saving, organizing, and preserving their records.

Depending on the number of theatre staff and the scale of the records, the Initiation Program generally takes place over the course of one month and includes an orientation to archiving, the development of an archives mission statement that reflects the theatre’s values, a preliminary assessment of existing records and storage spaces, as well as an interview with staff about archival practices and needs, and an interactive workshop on basic archival principles and practices that will ensure theatre staff are equipped to manage the company’s records moving forward.

The Initiation Program currently costs $1000: $600 covers archivist/documentarian stipends, and $400 goes toward archival supplies (boxes, hard drives, etc.) for the theatre company. Applications to the Program can be submitted at any time.

In recent years, ATAP has been able to offer a grant-in-kind to one theatre company per year to cover the cost of this Initiation Program. Companies interested in applying for this grant should indicate this on their application, and ensure their application is received by the annual grant deadline. The next grant deadline is September 16, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the results of the review of applications by November 1.

Participation in the ATAP Initiation Program is dependent on funding and the availability of trained archivists and documentarians in your area.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Questions can be submitted through the contact form.

ATAP offers a number of resources for theatre companies interested in archiving their records in addition to the Initiation Program. Check out our resources and download ATAP’s free guide:  Preserving Theatrical Legacy: An Archiving Manual for Theatre Companies.

The American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP) supports theatre makers in archiving records of their work for the benefit of artists, scholars, patrons, and the public. An initiative of the American Society for Theatre Research, ATAP is a grassroots network of professional and student archivists, practitioners, and scholars dedicated to preserving the legacy of the American theatre by developing archival resources for theatre companies.