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Guide to the Ensemble Theatre archives PA Mss 47
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  • Access Restrictions
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Ensemble Theatre archives
    Identifier/Call Number: PA Mss 47
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Creator: Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara
    Physical Description: 7 linear feet (15 document boxes, 1 flat oversize box, 12 videocassettes, 2 flat files)
    Date (inclusive): 1979-2002
    Abstract: Organizational records of the Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, including administrative and production files, as well as press releases, playbills, clippings, and photographs.
    Physical Location: A portion of the collection is located at the Southern Regional Library (SRLF). Inquire at Special Research Collections for access.
    Language of Material: The collection is in English.

    Access Restrictions

    The Collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special 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], Ensemble Theatre Archives, PA Mss 47. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Ensemble Theatre, October 2002.

    Historical Note

    In 1979, a group of local actors and designers teamed up to present a production of George Bernard Shaw's classic comedy, Candida, at the assembly hall at Trinity Episcopal Church located at Micheltorena and State Streets. The response they received from the audience over two weekends of performances inspired the troupe to produce two more shows that year, Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound and Shaw's A Pound On Demand, and thus, the Ensemble Theatre was created.
    It wasn't until 1981 that the company moved to its current location at 914 Santa Barbara Street. The site, the Alhecama Theatre, is part of the Presidio State Park, which is run by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. The theatre, which is over 80 years old, was named after the four daughters of Alice and Max Schott, who donated the land and the surrounding buildings for community use. The first two letters of each daughter's first name was used to create the theatre name (AL-HE-CA MA. - Alice, Helen, Catherine and Mary).
    During the 1985-86 season, Robert Grande-Weiss, took over the helm of Artistic Director, and has subsequently led the company to its current success. Mr. Grande-Weiss is responsible for selecting plays and the overall artistic philosophy of the company. Under his leadership, and that of Managing Director, Patricia Baldwin, Ensemble Theatre Company has experienced tremendous growth, and is proving to be an invaluable cultural resource to the community.
    --Ensemble Theatre Web Site (http://www.ensembletheatre.com/history.html)

    Scope and Content

    Organizational records of the Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, including administrative and production files, as well as press releases, playbills, clippings, and photographs. Series III and Series IV contain duplicate and supplemental material.


    The collection consists of the following series: Series I, Administrative files; Series II, Videotapes; Series III, Production files; Series IV, PA.2013.011.
    Note that many of the production files in Series IV cover, and supplement, the same productions listed in Series III. No attempt has been made to weed duplicate material.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Theaters -- California -- Santa Barbara
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Community theater -- California -- Santa Barbara