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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Index

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Celebration Theatre collection
    Dates: 1982-2007
    Collection number: Coll2007-017
    Collector: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
    Collection Size: 5 records boxes, 3 archive cartons, 1 archive half-cartons, 1 oversize box and 1 oversize lobby card. 7.4 linear feet.
    Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
    Los Angeles, California 90007
    Abstract: Early executive committee minutes, performance budgets, programs, flyers, press kits, photographs, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, including reviews, documenting the activities of the Celebration Theatre, 1982-2006. The collection consists of materials from the collections of Jim Kepner, the first Vice Chairman, of Robert Schrock, a former artistic director, and of the Purple Circuit, an information clearinghouse for gay and lesbian theater, founded by Bill Kaiser.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Publication Rights

    Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

    Preferred Citation

    Box #, folder #, Celebration Theatre Collection, Coll2007-017, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Records collected by Bill Kaiser and from the collections of Jim Kepner and Robert Schrock.

    Processing Information

    The collection was formerly housed in box 103-006, in folders of the Performing Arts Collection (Coll2007-016), and in the collection Robert Schrock. Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, with the assistance of Jim D. Deaton and Sócrates Silva, in December 2007; in February 2008, materials relating to the Celebration Theatre reclaimed from the Gay & Lesbian Drama Scripts Collection (Coll2008-003) and returned to the Celebration Theatre collection.
    Collection was transferred to records boxes and finding aid revised during July 2008.
    Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Administrative History

    Celebration Theatre incorporated in 1982 as a community theater to celebrate the positive creative and cultural aspects of the gay and lesbian community of greater Los Angeles. The theater has been in continuous operation since its first production in Jim Kepner's National Gay Archives located on North Hudson Street in Hollywood. The theater later rented space in the Scorpio Theatre on Hoover Street in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles before moving to a West Hollywood-adjacent location on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains early executive board minutes, budgets, performance flyers and programs collected from the theater's inception by Jim Kepner. It also contains records collected from 1985 by Bill Kaiser, first in his role as promotions director and and later for his performing arts information clearing house, the Purple Circuit, as well as performance and administrative documents of former artistic director Robert Schrock.


    The collection is arranged into three series: Administrative Records, Theatrical Performances, and Memorabilia. The arrangement of the administrative records reflects the order in which they were found. The theatrical performance files are arranged alphabetically by play or performance title. The documents of multiple short plays or one-acts performed as a show are arranged alphabetically under the performance title followed by a list of the individual plays and playwrights.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Celebration theatre
    Drag shows
    Gay actors
    Gay dramatists
    Gay theater
    Historical drama
    Homosexuality and theater
    Homosexuality in the theater
    Kaiser, Bill, 1950-
    Kepner, Jim (James), 1923-1997
    Lesbian actresses
    Lesbian dramatists
    Lesbian theater
    One-act plays
    Performing artists
    Radical theater
    Schrock, Robert
    Stage adaptations


    Abrami, Robert
    Adams, Joseph K.
    Alfaro, Luis
    Allen, Claudia
    Amzen, Nic
    Appalloosa, Rex
    Araiza, Albert Antonio
    Baker, John Roman
    Barnett, Robert
    Bateman, Lane (pseudonym L. Lane)
    Beard, Tom
    Bedonna, Isaac
    Bentley, Eric
    Besecker, Joe
    Besset, Jean-Maire
    Beswick, Jordan Sidney
    Beverly, Nancy
    Bierman, Bruce
    Black, Laura
    Bly, Majorie
    Bock, Adam
    Boehnlein, Frank
    Boito, David
    Bommer, Lawrence
    Buford, Loren
    Callahan, John
    Cariello, Christopher
    Casey, Mary F.
    Chambers, Jane
    Chandler, Kate
    Cherryholmes, H. L.
    Chesley, Robert
    Cohen, Jaffee
    Cotter, Patricia
    Cronin, Harry
    Crowe, Bill
    Cruz, Migdalia
    Cunningham, Eric
    Daniels, Sarah
    del Valle, Peter
    Dickler, Gloria
    Disner, Don
    Dreher, Sarah
    Elizabeth, Maire
    Epperson, John
    Fairchild, Mark S.
    Fell, Blair
    Foley, Rudy Thomas
    Forrest, Pamela
    Fulford, Robin
    Galligan, David
    Gardner, Layce
    Giantvalley, Scott
    Gilbert, William S.
    Goldstein, Robert
    Golvin, Sandra
    Gray, Pamela
    Green, Wayne
    Greer, Michael
    Grieg, Noël
    Griffith, Drew
    Griffith, Drew
    Grimsley, Jim
    Hagedorn, Jeff
    Hall, Richard
    Hampton, Christopher
    Hanes, Ken
    Harding, Alex
    Harris, Larry Dean
    Harry, Phillip Brooks
    Harry, Robert Stephen
    Hoffman, Keith
    Hoffman, Ken
    Holsclaw, Doug
    Honnet, Mark
    Hughes, Holly
    Jackson, Colette
    Jacobs, Jason
    Jacobson, Tom
    Jones, Ross
    Kane, Patricia
    Kaufman, Moises
    Kearns, Michael
    Keegan, Tom
    Kelly, Tim
    Kinchi, John
    Kluger, Steve
    Knoll, Jim
    Kramer, George
    Kulp, Laurence R.
    Lane, L. (pseudonym for Lane Bateman)
    Leigh-Coleman, Denis
    Littell, Phillip
    Lloyd, Davidson
    Lord, Albert
    Lotman, Loretta
    Ludlam, Charles, 1943-1987
    Lynch, Lee
    McClellan, Michael
    McLane, Robert
    Macofsky, Tod
    Martin, William
    Masterson, Kelly
    Mello, Rob
    Miller, Isabel
    Miller, Patti R.
    Miller, Susan
    Milliner, Todd
    Mitchell, Kevin M.
    Montley, Patricia
    Moore, Pauline
    Moore, Steven
    Moraga, Cherrie
    Moskowitz, Jerome
    Motel, Doug
    Mullen, Claudia
    Nagy, Phyllis
    Nanin, Odalys
    O'Hara, Robert
    O'Neil, Tom
    Palacios, Monica
    Patrick, Robert
    Paul, Rick
    Peters, Robert
    Pfanner, Jim
    Picket, James Caroll
    Pinter, Harold
    Pliura, Vytautas
    Podolsky, Robin
    Prestininzi, Ken
    Pulner, Alan
    Rabushka, Jerry
    Racelis, Felix
    Ranberg, Chuck
    Ranson, Rebecca
    Ravenhill, Mark
    Real, Philip
    Reconco, Oscar
    Reyes, Guillermo
    Roome, Douglas
    Rosen, Sybil
    Ross, Justin
    Rubin, Amy
    Sadownick, Doug
    Sanchez, Edwin
    Savage, Mark
    Schiowitz, Josh
    Schoenfeld, Jeff
    Schrock, Robert
    Seppala, Eric
    Shairp, Mordaunt
    Sheiness, Marsha
    Shere, Michael Stuart
    Shinn, Christopher
    Simpson, Marita
    Smith, G. Bruce
    Smith, Scott Edward
    Snyder, David
    Sofronski, Ken
    Somsen, Pennell
    Specchio, Jake
    Spillers, Michael
    Stampalia, Giancarlo
    Sterner, Steve
    Stewart-Brown, Christi
    Stowe, Ayofemi
    Sullivan, Arthur
    Swanson, Jim
    Terrell, Dan Martin
    Tower, Michael Thomas
    Trasandes, Monica
    Upton, Phyllis
    Van Duzer, Michael
    Vanatta, J. S.
    Velazquez, G.
    Vertucci, June
    Vincent, Barry
    Ward, Bruce
    Waren, Mark Grant
    Weathers, Carolyn
    Wells, Win
    Winkler, Mark
    Winslow, Christopher
    Witt, Michael
    Wolcott, Peyton
    Wolman, Karen Dale
    Yew, Chay
    ZeOeh, Ruchele