- To preserve records of current theatrical process and product for future generations.
- To employ theatre legacy to develop theatres’ fiscal health and support new work.
- To promote a better understanding of theatre as a vital element of cultural history.
- To encourage scholarly research in contemporary American theatre.
- To increase funding for establishing and maintaining theatre archives.
- To support collaborations among theatre archivists, dramaturgs, and scholars.
ATAP is sponsoring a working session at the American Society for Theatre Research/Theatre Library Association conference at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel this coming November 7-10:
Expanding Scholarship Through the American Theatre Archive Project (3 Hour Session)
Conveners: Susan Brady, Yale University (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ken Cerniglia, Disney Theatrical Group (email@example.com)
An initiative of the American Society for Theatre Research born at the 2009 Puerto Rico conference, 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. ATAP seeks:
· To preserve records of current theatrical process and product for future generations.
ATAP Steering Committee co-chairs Susan Brady and Ken Cerniglia presented this paper during the annual conference of the American Society for Theatre Research/Theatre Library Association at the Sheraton Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 3, 2012. The paper summarizes ATAP's achievements over the past three years and invites ASTR/TLA members to join the project.