*September 2015*

This newsletter includes highlights of training events, recent developments, and team activity for the American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP).

Next Team Training Session

*Portland, OR*
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97201

November 5, 2015

Details here:


ATAP Initiation Program Grant for a Portland (OR) Theatre Company

ATAP is pleased to announce the second annual ATAP Initiation Program Grant, a grant-in-kind to be awarded to a Portland-area theatre company during the organization’s annual conference at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront November 5-8, 2015.

Please help by forwarding this link to Portland-area theatre artists you think might have an interest in this opportunity. The deadline for applications is October 19.



ATAP Annual Appeal

ATAP is getting ready to launch its second annual appeal, so watch your inboxes for that message and please consider making a contribution to help further ATAP’s goals. Every donation, no matter how small, can be put to good use.


National (and International!) Activity

ATAP has also been thrilled to see the very latest (Summer 2015) issue of Performance!, the SAA Performing Arts Roundtable Newsletter. Starting on page 4, Travis Williams, Archivist and Metadata Librarian at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Law School, recounts his history with Theatre Baton Rouge (TBR), including the recent establishment of a TBR Archive at the East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish Library. Travis and his colleagues used the ATAP Manual and Brochure to help convince the TBR Board to support the project. Under the supervision of EBR archivist Melissa Eastin, the TBR collection is now being processed, with some items being digitized (see the Baton Rouge team news below). Future plans for TBR include a partnership with the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History at LSU to collect stories from early TBR volunteers.

Read the Performing Arts Roundtable newsletter here: http://tinyurl.com/qbvx8ar

ATAP is grateful for founding member Susan Brady and current Steering Committee member Helice Koffler for their recent presentation about ATAP at Performing the Archive at the National University of Ireland in Galway (NUI Galway). The diverse program and speaker abstracts are available on the conference website here:


Steering Committee member Doug Reside also made a notable contribution to the program. His talk: “Who Tells Your Story? Preserving the Performing Arts.”


Team Activity

Baltimore: The initiation program for inaugural ATAP Initiation Grant winners Baltimore Theatre Project is now complete. Many thanks to volunteers Jason Rubin, Anita Weber, and Jessica Abbazio for all the time and energy they have invested in reaching this major milestone for ATAP. New volunteers are urgently needed to keep the work of ATAP Baltimore going into this fall. Interested Baltimore-area ATAP supporters should contact communications@americantheatrearchiveproject.org for more information.

Baton Rouge: The Baton Rouge team is proud to announce that portions of the Theatre Baton Rouge collection have begun to be digitized by the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. The early additions can be viewed here:


Northwest: Now under new leadership, the team has welcomed new members recently and reports that the team has now begun working with the Taproot Theatre Company of Seattle on establishing a company archive, and that an archiving project at Artists Repertory Theatre of Portland is now underway. A student archivist at Seattle Pacific University has been using ATAP’s manual for a local project. Team members who have not yet participated in ATAP Team Training will have an opportunity to attend the training session that will take place in Portland, OR in November.

Ohio: The Ohio team had a successful ATAP training session in the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University on August 18. Susan Brady and Christa Williford instructed 13 participants during the morning session, and a group discussion about building momentum for the local team took place over boxed lunches in the afternoon. ATAP is deeply grateful to the Kelvin Smith Library for making this event possible.


SAVE THE DATE: Next ATAP Team Liaisons’ Online Meeting

September 18, 2015

12PM Eastern / 11AM Central / 10AM Mountain / 9AM Pacific

Connection details will be emailed separately to team liaisons.


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Questions? Write communications@americantheatrearchiveproject.org