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Finding Aid for the Theatre Group. Publicity Records. 1959-1967.
University Archives Record Series 253  
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  • Title: Theatre Group. Publicity Records.
    Identifier/Call Number: University Archives Record Series 253
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.4 linear ft. (1 box)
    Date: 1959-1967
    Abstract: Record Series 253 contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, minutes and other material relating to the Theatre Group. The series also contains biographical information and clippings about John Houseman (artistic director of the Theatre Group, 1959-1963).
    Creator: University Extension. Theatre Group.

    Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright of portions of this collection is held by The Regents of the University of California. The UCLA University Archives can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the UCLA University Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Theatre Group. Publicity Records (University Archives Record Series 253). UCLA Library Special Collections, University Archives.

    Historical Note

    The Theatre Group was a production company founded in 1959 by Abbott Kaplan, Director of UCLA Extension. Under the auspices of the Extension Division, it operated as an experiment in campus-based professional theater and presented six or more professionally produced, directed, and acted productions each year. The Theatre Group drew from a group of Equity actors located in Los Angeles (California). Its productions included such actors as Jack Albertson, Judith Anderson, Edward Asner, Nina Foch, John Kerr, Cloris Leachman, Carroll O'Connor, Paula Prentice, Robert Ryan, and James Whitmore.
    John Houseman served as artistic director of the Theatre Group from its establishment until 1963. With a few exceptions, plays in the first four seasons were directed either by Houseman, Lamont Johnson, or Paul Shyre. In 1962, the Theatre Group received a grant of $500,000 from the Ford Foundation to strengthen its artistic and administrative staff. The group used the grant to employ additional professionals and assistants for a five-year period. The Theatre Group ended its connection with UCLA Extension Division after seven seasons when in 1969 it moved to the Los Angeles Music Center as the resident dramatic company known as the Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    Record Series 253 contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, minutes and other material relating to the Theatre Group. The series also contains biographical information and clippings about John Houseman (artistic director of the Theatre Group, 1959-1963).
    This is an inactive record series; no additional University records are expected to be added.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 974571