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Finding Aid for the Latino Theatre Initiative / Center Theatre Group Papers 1980-2005 1980-2005
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Latino Theatre Initiative / Center Theatre Group Papers 1980-2005,
    Date (inclusive): 1980-2005
    Collection number: 41
    Creator: Center Theater Group, Latino Theater Initiative 1970-
    Extent: 30 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Manuscripts, videos, administrative papers, photographs related to the Los Angels based Center Theater Group and its Latino Theater Initiative
    Physical location: Collection stored at the SRLF
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English , Spanish


    Access is available by appointment for UCLA student and faculty researchers as well as independent researchers. To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the CSRC at http://www.chicano.ucla.edu/

    Publication Rights

    For students and faculty researchers of UCLA, all others by permission only. Copyright has not been assigned to the Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the Librarian at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Latino Theatre Initiative / Center Theatre Group Papers 1980-2005, 41, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Center Theater Group made to the UCLA CSRC on July 26, 2005. Deed on file at the Chicano Studies Research Center Archive office, rm. 180 Haines Hall, UCLA.

    Processing History

    Processed by CSRC, June - September 2006
    Collection processed by Chantal Rodriguez

    Historical Note

    From 1992 to 2004 Center Theater Group's Mark Taper Forum in Los Angels housed the Latino Theater Initiative (LTI) which was designed to provide access not only to emerging Latino artists but also to increase its Latina/o audience base by offering theatrical programming which was relevant to the Latina/o community and reflected the diversity of the city of Los Angeles. One of the reasons why this program was so groundbreaking was that it created a specific space for Latina/o theater within a nationally recognized institution and helped to broaden the definition of American theater, as described in its mission statement, "By creating art works that are culturally based, the Latino Theater Initiative contributes to a broader definition of American identity while creating works and a new audience for the American Theater." Not only did the Initiative create an environment of artistic possibilities for Latinos/as but through special events, workshops and off-site events worked to integrate the theater into the lives of its community members. Although the program was ultimately cut by newly appointed Artistic Director Michael Richie in 2004, its influence can still be felt throughout the Los Angeles theater community and beyond. Many of the artists who were fostered within the Initiative are now sprinkled throughout Los Angeles and beyond, and continue to create new work, run local theater companies, and work as scholars and educators.

    Scope and Content

    Manuscripts, videos, administrative papers, photographs related to the Los Angels based Center Theater Group and its Latino Theater Initiative. From 1980 to approximately 2005
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Manuscripts
    • Series 2. Programs
    • Series 3. Photographic Materials
    • Series 4. Audio Materials
    • Series 5. Video materials
    • Series 6. Clippings / Press materials
    • Series 7. Administrative / Institutional Papers
    • Series 8. Promotional material

    Related Material

    The Diane Rodriguez Papers

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Mark Taper Forum
    Jose Luis Valenzuela
    American Indian Dance Theater
    California Cultural and Historical Endowment
    Culture Clash
    La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin
    Latino Theater Lab
    Plaza de la Raza