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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Jeannie Barroga papers
    Creator: Barroga, Jeannie
    Identifier/Call Number: M2025
    Identifier/Call Number: 19430
    Physical Description: 45 Linear Feet (85 boxes, two oversize folders)
    Physical Description: 23.4 gigabyte(s) reformatted born-digital material
    Date (inclusive): circa 1966-2010
    Abstract: Jeannie Barroga (b.1949) is a playwright, director, actor and teacher. Her papers contain scripts in multiple drafts, production binders, media, photographs, research & business files, and other material.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Notebooks in Boxes 79-84 are restricted for use until June 2025. Audiovisual & born-digital materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy. Selected born-digital materials relating to Barroga's play "Buffalo'ed" have been reformatted and may be accessed in the Special Collections Reading Room.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchase; 2015. Accessions 2015-057 and 2016-119.

    Biographical / Historical

    Jeannie Barroga (b. 1949) is a playwright, teacher, director and video producer. Author of Buffalo'ed, Walls, Banyan, and Aurora, she has written 62 plays and her work has been published, anthologized, and produced nationally and internationally.
    Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jeannie Barroga headed west to northern California after college where her career as a playwright took shape. Barroga often draws upon her Filipino background in her writings, which have influenced the American theater landscape. She is also the most produced Filipina-American playwright, having plays performed across the globe. In California, Barroga has worked as a playwright, producer, director, dramaturge and literary manager at both the Oakland Ensemble Theater and Palo Alto's TheatreWorks, as well as artistic director at both the Asian American Theater Company and Teatro ng Tanan, both in San Francisco.
    Barroga has received numerous awards over the thirty-five years of playwriting, including the Wallace Alexander Gerbode and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Playwright Collaboration Award with Kularts Artistic Director, Alleluia Panis for Buffalo'ed at San Jose Stage Company; the National Endowment for the Arts Access to Artistic Excellence for Walls at the Asian American Theater Company; Best Original Production in Solano at Mira Theatre Vallejo; and the East Bay Fund for Artists for Mattie Mae through the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts.
    She has had theatre presentations at the Pan Asian Theater New York; the Mark Taper Forum and East West Players, Los Angeles; Kumu Kahua Theater, Honolulu; Northwest Asian American Theater, Seattle; and institutions such as the University of California Berkeley; New World Theater University of Massachusetts-Amherst; GenSeng SUNY; Baltimore College, and others.
    Jeannie Barroga's work has been included in the anthologies Unbroken Thread and in Asian American Women in Drama. For more information on Barroga's current work, see her personal website at http://www.jeanniebarroga.com.
    --adapted from article by curators Rebecca Wingfield & Benjamin Stone

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Jeannie Barroga papers (M2025). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Contents

    Barroga's papers consist primarily of multiple drafts of her plays, production binders, notes and journals, administrative files (involving funding, venues, auditions, and other matters), audiovisual material, publicity such as posters and programs, photographs, personal writing and ephemera, and research files.
    Although an attempt has been made to separate the collection into works written by Barroga and those that were not, these are not hard and fast divisions, as she was involved with many productions as director, actor and consultant, while some scripts (such as those for Chinatown or Twin Peaks) were probably used in teaching or rehearsing. The Media series (Series 7) contains audiovisual documentation of all performances and productions in the collection, regardless of Barroga's involvement, although she was involved in most.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Processing Information

    Mallory Somera assisted Barroga in organizing her papers prior to their arrival at Stanford.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Filipino Americans
    Drama -- 20th century
    Asian American women authors
    Filipino American women authors
    Filipino American theater
    Drama -- Study and teaching.
    Drama -- 21st century
    Race relations in literature
    Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Drama