Record Series 16 contains the minutes of meetings, publications, and promotional materials for theatrical productions generated
by the Theater Arts Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. Also included are 16 bound volumes of Greek plays
directed by Evalyn Ann Thomas, a member of the Los Angeles State Normal School faculty in Reading and UCLA faculty in English.
The Theater Arts Department at UCLA was founded in 1947, with William Melnitz serving as chair. In 1961, the department merged
with the Department of Motion Pictures, Television and Radio to form the UCLA College of Fine Arts, offering undergraduate
study across three divisions: Theater, Motion Pictures, and Radio. Melnitz served as the College's founding dean. After the
College of Fine Arts was dissolved in 1987, the then-named Theater Department reemerged in the School of Theater, Film and
Television, which was created in 1990 with Gilbert Cates as the founding dean. Prior to the founding of the Theater Arts Department,
theatrical productions at UCLA were presented by the student body. Starting in 1918, classical Greek plays were presented
by the student government ASUCLA annually in the spring. They were directed by Evalyn Ann Thomas, a member of the Los Angeles
State Normal School faculty in Reading, and later in the UCLA faculty in English.
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