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Curiel (Anthony) papers
CEMA 157  
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  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Title: Anthony (Tony) Curiel papers
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 157
    Language of Material: Multiple languages
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Physical Description: 8.84 linear feet (6 cartons, 1 oversize flat box, 9 VHS tapes, and 32 audiocassettes)
    Creator: Curiel, Anthony
    Date (inclusive): 1943-2002
    Abstract: This collection contains original scripts by various playwrights including Anthony (Tony) Curiel, Luis Valdez, Josefina Lopez, Carlos Morton, and others. There are records and production files produced by El Teatro Campesino. Also within the collection are Curiel's personal research notes and files, production files, photographs, and audiocassettes of music used for Curiel's productions.
    Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library.
    Language of Material: Materials in this collection are in Spanish and English.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of Item], Anthony (Tony) Curiel papers, CEMA 157. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Tony Curiel, 2014.

    Biographical Note

    Anthony Curiel (1954-2013) was an accomplished Chicano theater director and scholar. From 1989-2005, he served on the faculty at the University of California, San Diego's department of theatre and dance. From 1983-1992, he was Associate Artistic Director for the iconic El Teatro Campesino (ETC). Among the plays he directed for ETC are La Pastorela, Corridos, la Virgen del Tepeyac, Dark Root of a Scream, and Bernabe.
    Some of the more recent plays he directed have included Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, and Octavio Solis' Prospect, all of which were performed at the North Coast Repertory Theatre. Curiel directed plays at the Japan America Theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse, the GeVa Theatre, the Public Theatre, and Opera Pacific.
    Curiel received his B.A. in drama from UC San Diego and an M.A. in drama from Stanford University. In 1985, he was awarded a Princess Grace Theatre fellowship. His work also was recognized with awards from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains unpublished drafts and published play scripts, correspondence, notes, and documents related to El Teatro Campesino, North Coast Repertory Theatre, and other organizations. Other records include screenplays, production files, research notes, video and audio recordings, and Curiel's academic lecture notes, course curricula, transcripts, and theatrical award certificates. Some of the scripts by well-known Latino playwrights found in this collection are Real Women Have Curves and If My Mother Knew by Josefina Lopez, The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales by Carlos Morton, and I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges by Luis Valdez. The collection was established in 2014.


    The collection is arranged into five series, and each series is arranged either aplhabetically by play title or chronologically.
    Series 1, Scripts and production files; Series 2, El Teatro Campesino files; Series 3, Personal files; Series 4, Oversize; and Series 5, Audiovisual.

    Related Material

    El Teatro Campesino archives, CEMA 5, Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mexican American dramatists -- California
    Mexican American theater -- California
    Theatrical producers and directors -- California
    Lecture notes
    Research notes
    Scripts (documents)
    Curiel, Tony -- Archives
    Teatro Campesino (Organization) -- Archives
    Valdez, Luis
    López, Josefina, 1969-
    Morton, Carlos