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Fonds F0048 - Alberta Theatre Projects fonds

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Alberta Theatre Projects fonds


  • 1972-2000 (Creation)

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11 m of textual records. -- 27 video cassettes. -- 19 audio cassettes. -- 62 photographs

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Alberta Theatre Projects of Calgary, Alberta was founded as a non-profit organization in 1972. It has evolved from a small group of artists to an established company in the Canadian theatre scene. Its founding members were Douglas Riske, artistic director, and Lucille Wagner, managing director. Paddy Campbell provided many original children's works for the company. In 1983 the two directors' positions were merged into one producing director, filled by Michael Dobbin, who continued in this capacity until 1999. The original mandate was to use new work to bring Canadian history to life for young people. The Theatre-in-Education division of ATP was established in coordination with the Calgary Public and Separate School Boards. The mandate was expanded in 1973 to include an adult subscription season with emphasis on new Canadian works. ATP operated at the Canmore Opera House in Heritage Park until 1984, when it moved to the Martha Cohen Theatre in the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts. In 1987 it began PlayRites, a mid-winter festival of new works by Canadian playwrights. For further information see Zina Barnieh's article, "Alberta Theatre Projects", in The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre / Eugene Benson and L.W. Connolly, eds. -- Toronto : Oxford University Press, 1989, p. 12-13.


Archival history

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Gifts of Alberta Theatre Projects, 1975-1991; Donald Bourdon, 2004; and D. Michael Dobbin, 2008.

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The fonds consists of incorporation documents and minutes of the board; production information related to the main stage, Theatre-in-Education and PlayRites plays, including prompt scripts, cast lists, programs, set designs, costume designs, publicity, reviews, videos, etc.; Michael Dobbin's correspondence, speeches, casting books, newspaper clippings and memorabilia; financial and fundraising records, including files about the annual Bob Edwards Luncheon; and administrative subject files for the company (from 1972 to 1982 only).

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No restrictions on access to textual records.

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The material is in English.

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The records of Douglas Riske and Paddy Campbell are also held by Glenbow.

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M-6022 was amalgamated with M-6635 and M-9343 was amalgamated with M-8227.

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Thursday, November 01, 2018




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