Women, Theater, Archives: Conversations

Costume design for West Side Story

In conjunction with the exhibition Brava! Women Make American Theater, Beinecke will host an online speaker series, “Women, Theater, Archives: Conversations.” Register using the links below to watch the sessions live on Zoom; sessions will also be recorded, and links to video will be added to this page when available. Please note that some dates remain to be confirmed. All times listed are Eastern (UTC -5:00).

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Tuesday, February 8, 1:00-2:00pm EST

Research and Teaching

Scholar-practitioners discuss recovering forgotten performers, understanding the historical record, and helping students develop a dynamic understanding of American theater, past and present

Danielle Bainbridge, Assistant Professor of Theater and Performance Studies, Northwestern University

Kate Bredeson, Associate Professor of Theater, Reed College

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Video of event

Wednesday, March 16, 12:00-1:00pm EST

Collecting and Stewarding

Archivists and curators discuss the complexity of uncovering and preserving records of theater and performance, and the important and often-overlooked work of women theater-makers

Melissa Barton, Curator of American Drama and Prose, Beinecke Library, Yale University

Ken Cerniglia, American Theater Archive Project and independent dramaturg

Eric Colleary, Curator of Performing Arts, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Tiffany Nixon, Archivist, Roundabout Theatre Company

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Video of event

Tuesday, April 19, 4:00-5:00pm EDT

Cultivating, Preserving, and Showcasing Voices

Leaders of Native Voices at the Autry and the Autry Museum of the West discuss the past and present of their program, devoted to developing and producing new works for the stage by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights

Kinsale Drake, Yale College ‘22

Liza Posas, Head of Research Services and Archives, Autry Museum of the American West

Randy Reinholz, Producing Artistic Director Emeritus, Native Voices at the Autry

Jean Bruce Scott, Producing Executive Director Emeritus, Native Voices at the Autry

DeLanna Studi, Artistic Director, Native Voices at the Autry

moderated by Alanna Hickey, Assistant Professor of English, Yale University

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Wednesday, May 4, 12:00-1:00pm EDT

Creating Theater…and Records

Celebrated playwright-educators discuss the role of archives and historical research in their creative practice and how they are envisioning their own archival presence

Sarah Ruhl, Playwright

Paula Vogel, Playwright

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Two projects mentioned in the session:

3Views on Theater

Bard at the Gate