Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Celebration Theatre collection
Collection number: Coll2007-017
ONE National Gay and Lesbian
Collection Size: 5 records boxes, 3 archive
cartons, 1 archive half-cartons, 1 oversize box and 1 oversize lobby
card. 7.4 linear feet.
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Early executive committee minutes, performance
budgets, programs, flyers, press kits, photographs, correspondence, and
newspaper clippings, including reviews, documenting the activities of the
Celebration Theatre, 1982-2006. The collection consists of materials from the
collections of Jim Kepner, the first Vice Chairman, of Robert Schrock, a former
artistic director, and of the Purple Circuit, an information clearinghouse for
gay and lesbian theater, founded by Bill Kaiser.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection:
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in
writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner.
Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in
the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant
copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for
all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).
Box #, folder #, Celebration Theatre Collection, Coll2007-017, ONE
National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Records collected by Bill Kaiser and from the collections of Jim Kepner
and Robert Schrock.
The collection was formerly housed in box 103-006, in folders of the
Performing Arts Collection (Coll2007-016), and in the collection Robert
Schrock. Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, with the assistance of
Jim D. Deaton and Sócrates Silva, in
December 2007; in February 2008, materials
relating to the Celebration Theatre reclaimed from the Gay & Lesbian Drama
Scripts Collection (Coll2008-003) and returned to the Celebration Theatre
Collection was transferred to records boxes and finding aid revised
during July 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the
National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Celebration Theatre incorporated in 1982 as a community theater to
celebrate the positive creative and cultural aspects of the gay and lesbian
community of greater Los Angeles. The theater has been in continuous operation
since its first production in Jim Kepner's National Gay Archives located on
North Hudson Street in Hollywood. The theater later rented space in the Scorpio
Theatre on Hoover Street in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles before
moving to a West Hollywood-adjacent location on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los
Scope and Content of Collection
The collection contains early executive board minutes, budgets,
performance flyers and programs collected from the theater's inception by Jim
Kepner. It also contains records collected from 1985 by Bill Kaiser, first in
his role as promotions director and and later for his performing arts
information clearing house, the Purple Circuit, as well as performance and
administrative documents of former artistic director Robert Schrock.
The collection is arranged into three series: Administrative Records,
Theatrical Performances, and Memorabilia. The arrangement of the administrative
records reflects the order in which they were found. The theatrical performance
files are arranged alphabetically by play or performance title. The documents
of multiple short plays or one-acts performed as a show are arranged
alphabetically under the performance title followed by a list of the individual
plays and playwrights.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Homosexuality and theater
Homosexuality in the theater
Kaiser, Bill, 1950-
Kepner, Jim (James),
Adams, Joseph K.
Araiza, Albert Antonio
Baker, John Roman
Bateman, Lane (pseudonym L. Lane)
Beswick, Jordan Sidney
Casey, Mary F.
Cherryholmes, H. L.
del Valle, Peter
Fairchild, Mark S.
Foley, Rudy Thomas
Gilbert, William S.
Harris, Larry Dean
Harry, Phillip Brooks
Harry, Robert Stephen
Kulp, Laurence R.
Lane, L. (pseudonym for Lane Bateman)
Ludlam, Charles, 1943-1987
Miller, Patti R.
Mitchell, Kevin M.
Picket, James Caroll
Shere, Michael Stuart
Smith, G. Bruce
Smith, Scott Edward
Terrell, Dan Martin
Tower, Michael Thomas
Van Duzer, Michael
Vanatta, J. S.
Waren, Mark Grant
Wolman, Karen Dale