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  • Processing History
  • Related Material
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  • Contributing Institution: Chicano Studies Research Center Library
    Title: Latino Theater Initiative / Center Theatre Group Records
    Creator: Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles
    Creator: Latino Theater Initiative
    Identifier/Call Number: 41
    Physical Description: 30 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1980-2005
    Abstract: Manuscripts, videos, administrative papers, and photographs related to the Los Angeles-based Center Theatre Group and its Latino Theater Initiative.
    Physical Location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library and Archive for paging information.
    Language of Material: English , Spanish; Castilian .


    Open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Center Theatre 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.

    Historical Note

    From 1992 to 2004 the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles housed the Latino Theater Initiative (LTI) which was designed to provide access not only to emerging Latinx artists but also to increase its Latinx audience base by offering theatrical programming which was relevant to the Latinx 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 Latinx people 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.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Processing History

    Processed by CSRC and Chantal Rodriguez, June-September 2006. Finding aid edited by Doug Johnson, September 2021. The editing was done during the COVID-19 pandemic, so there was no access to the physical collection.

    Related Material

    The Diane Rodriguez Papers, UCLA CSRC collection 117.

    Scope and Content

    Manuscripts, programs, videos, administrative papers, photographs related to the Los Angels based Center Theatre Group and its Latino Theater Initiative.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    1. Series 1. Play Manuscripts
    2. Series 2. Programs
    3. Series 3. Photographic Materials
    4. Series 4. Audio Materials
    5. Series 5. VHS cassettes
    6. Series 6. Producton Materials
    7. Series 7. Administrative / Institutional Papers
    8. Series 8. Promotional material

    Publication Rights

    These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of materials, including but not limited to infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    American Indian Dance Theatre
    Culture Clash (Comedy troupe)
    Rodriguez, Diane
    Alfaro, Luis
    Mexican American theater
    Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles, Calif.)