Preserving stories of the modern theatre industry.
Thank you for visiting the Theatre Story Archive!
The Theatre Story Archive is an oral history initiative started by Michael Dean Morgan (Assistant Professor at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ) to preserve and share stories of the theater. We are creating a space for the makers of theatre. More than ever, in this time of COVID, we appreciate how the theatre requires us to come together. To tell the full story of the theatre now also requires us to gather all the voices: the spot-op, the actor, the run crew, the assistant stage manager, the usher, the associate designer, the casting directors, and the audience.
The Theatre Story Archive creates a place for all stakeholders in the industry to tell their stories. This project seeks to preserve the stories of all who are a part of the modern theater industry. We are building a space where students, practitioners, and scholars can access, not only interviews, but also the writings, videos, and articles that result when our voices come together.
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The Theatre Story Archive, and founder Michael Dean Morgan, seek to dismantle the racist and colonial institutional power structures of the theatre community and industry. These structures continue to dictate whose stories are valued and what artists are permitted to be the storytellers.
We take on the responsibility to seek out and lift up a diverse set of stories and storytellers. We may fail, but we will keep trying! Statements are easy but actions are harder. We ask you to keep checking in, to hold us accountable, and to help us grow.
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This full length oral history documentary "Quarantine Stories," premiered at the 2021 international VASTA Conference, "Rising Voices." Produced by the Theatre Story Archive and directed by Michael Dean Morgan.
Quarantine Stories, tries to capture the feelings, experiences, and responses to the challenge of COVID-19. We have had to wrestle with creating art in new ways or not being able to create art. Social media can’t capture the depth of our stories. Let’s share the valuable connections we have and our impulse to create by capturing the setting, the feelings, the journey that each of us has gone through and are still going through.
* All crowdfunding donations must be processed through FracturedAtlas.org and will go to support the artists and expenses of the new Quarantine Stories project and the Theatre Story Archive. Theatre Story Archive is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions made payable to Fractured Atlas for the purposes of Theatre Story Archive are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. If you receive a reward in exchange for your donation, the fair market value of that reward will reduce the tax-deductible portion of your donation. The value of the reward you receive will be included in your donation receipt.
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