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Title: DramaTech Theatre Records
Identification: UA350
Date: 1947-2004
Size/Quantity: 6.5 linear feet (13 document cases, 2 oversize boxes)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Georgia Institute of Technology. DramaTech Theatre.
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:These records include production files and administrative materials, including programs from plays and performances as well as membership rolls, meeting minutes, correspondence, and other materials documenting the history of DramaTech.
Note:Part of this collection was processed in 2004, as the DramaTech Theatre Records, MS020. This collection includes the materials that were in MS020 as well as additional materials that have since been obtained by the Georgia Tech Archives. The MS020 materials comprise Series 1, Subseries 1 and Series 2, Subseries 1 of this collection. The scrapbooks that were originally processed in MS020 have been transferred to the visual materials and will be processed as VAUA350.

Biographical/Historical Note

Founded in 1947 as the Georgia Tech Dramatic Club, DramaTech Theatre is Atlanta's oldest continuously operating theater company.

Georgia Tech had a dramatic organization as early as 1913, when a student troupe later known as the Marionettes was formed. This group disbanded during World War II and in February 1947, a group of drama enthusiasts on campus met with Glenn James and formed the Georgia Tech Dramatic Club. Their first production, The Drunkard, directed by Jack Pompan, IM '48, was so successful that the English department accredited the fledgling organization, enabling it to obtain financial aid from the university system. Members received academic credit from the English department for their involvement. With this impetus, Zenas Sears, a local Atlanta radio personality, became the first professional director of DramaTech and presented a series of one-act plays in the Tech YMCA auditorium in the spring of 1947.

For the next several years, DramaTech was a vagabond organization, presenting its plays in a variety of venues, including the YMCA and the Fowler Street School Auditorium. In 1952, with the assistance of architecture classes, DramaTech moved into a new home in the Crenshaw Field House, where it adopted a unique theatre-in-the-round. Unfortunately, this home proved to be impermanent and DramaTech was forced to move several additional times during the ensuing years, occupying temporary stages in the Community Playhouse and later in the Georgia Tech Center for the Performing Arts. In 1968, the theater troupe moved to the Church of God, which was located at the intersection of Hemphill Avenue and Ferst. A later proposal during the early 1980s to renovate a nearby school, O'Keefe Middle School, proved unsuccessful.

Prior to coeducation and continuing until 1987, Agnes Scott College students and members of the community played women's roles and those which could not logically be portrayed by Georgia Tech students. Just as the Marionettes had in previous years, DramaTech produced critically acclaimed plays that were popular with the community, particularly during the long leadership of Atlanta actress Mary Nell Ivey Santacroce. Santacroce (1918-1999) directed nearly all of DramaTech's productions from 1949 until 1966. Other directors have included Sylvia Zsuffa (1947-1948), Zenas Sears (1948-1949), Gerard Appy (1952-1953), Charles J. Pecor (1967-1971), Fergus Currie (1971-1973), Dana Ivey (1974-1977), and Becky Dettra (1977-1980). Like his predecessors, artistic director Gregory B. Abbott produced numerous critically acclaimed plays during his long tenure. Abbott directed DramaTech from 1984 until his untimely death at the age of 54 in 2006.

In 1992, DramaTech finally acquired a permanent home with the dedication of the Dean James Dull Theatre at the back of the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts (originally called the Georgia Tech Theatre for the Arts). Dull and his wife Gay, long-time supporters of DramaTech, established the Gay K. Dull Scholarship awarded to seniors who have been involved with the organization.


Scope and Content Note

The DramaTech Theatre records include historical information, programs, newsclippings, meeting minutes, and other materials documenting the history of the organization. The bulk of the materials are contained within files for each production that was performed (see Series 2). These files generally include programs, newspaper clippings, mock-ups of programs, scripts, and other related material regarding each production. Other materials might include public relations materials such as radio spots and articles from other publications, and sketches of blueprints of the sets. These files also included photographs, which have been transferred to the Visual Arts Collection. Many of the photographs appear to have been removed from scrapbooks.

The administrative materials include historical information such as lists of plays performed and the directors who oversaw them, as well as meeting minutes and correspondence (see Series 1, Subseries 1). Later administrative materials (Series 1, Subseries 2) contain files relating to plans during the 1980s to find a new home for DramaTech, as well as files on the move from the Church of God to the newly built Georgia Tech Theatre for the Arts in 1992. A fundraising brochure and a notebook containing minutes of the Theatre for the Arts Board and several committees document the early years of the newly built facility. Correspondence, copies of constitutions, and mock-ups of various DramaTech productions are also included in this subseries.

Four scrapbooks that were originally processed as part of MS020 have been transferred to visual arts and will be processed as VAUA350. These scrapbooks, while largely made up of photographs, also sometimes contain programs, newspaper clippings and other manuscript and printed materials.


Arrangement

The papers are arranged into two series:

SERIES 1. Administrative materials

SERIES 2. Production files


Index Terms

Abbott, Gregory B., 1952-2006
College theater--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Institute of Technology. DramaTech Theatre.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Ferst Center for the Arts.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Theaters.
Georgia Tech Theatre for the Arts.
Santacroce, Mary Nell, 1918-1999
Theaters--Georgia--Atlanta.
Zsuffa, Sylvia Bassett

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, Folder Title, Series Title,] DramaTech Theatre Records (UA350), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

DramaTech donated the initial group of records in 1985 (Accession #1985.1201). A subsequent donation was received in 2007 (Accession #2007.102).

Processing Information

Susan J. Illis processed these papers in 2004 as MS020. Christine de Catanzaro and Katherine King processed additional papers, revised the finding aid, and renumbered the collection as UA350 in October 2008. Box 1, Folder 46 (Rules of order and organization) added to Series 1, Subseries 1 in June 2012.

Accruals

Further additions to this collection may be received in the future.

Revisions to Finding Aid

March 2006:
  • Original finding aid (MS020) converted from EAD Version 1.0 to Version 2002. October 2008: Original finding aid (MS020) revised and reprocessed as UA350 after the addition of further materials. March 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit. June 2012: One folder added to Series 1.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    None.

    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


    Separated Material

    Photographs and scrapbooks will be separately arranged and described as DramaTech Theatre Photograph Collection, VAUA350.


    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


    Container List

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    SERIES 1: Administrative materials, 1948-1996

    Description

    The administrative materials include historical information such as lists of plays performed and the directors who oversaw them, as well as meeting minutes and correspondence (see Series 1, Subseries 1). Later administrative materials (Series 1, Subseries 2) contain files relating to plans during the 1980s to find a new home for DramaTech, as well as files on the move from the Church of God to the newly built Georgia Tech Theatre for the Arts in 1992. A fundraising brochure and a notebook containing minutes of the Theatre for the Arts Board and several committees document the early years of the newly built facility. Correspondence, copies of constitutions, and mock-ups of various DramaTech productions are also included in this subseries.



    Subseries 1: Administrative materials, 1948-1976

    These administrative materials, which were originally processed as MS020 Series 1, include historical information such as lists of plays performed and the directors who oversaw them, as well as meeting minutes and correspondence.

    Folders are listed alphabetically by folder title, followed by an alphabetical list of oversize materials (Box 4).

    Box

    Fldr

    11History, 1963
    12Correspondence, 1955-1975
    13DramaTech Journal, 1970-1976
    14Membership rolls, 1948-1975
    15Meeting minutes, 1961
    16Notes, 1961-1975
    17Programs, 1973-1986
    150Rules of order and organization, May 1971

    Box

    Fldr

    41Correspondence, 1953-1956
    43Secretaries' Notes notebook (minutes, notes), 1948-1952
    44Secretaries' Notes notebook enclosures, undated



    Subseries 2: Administrative materials, 1976-1997

    These administrative materials are mainly those that were acquired in 2007. They contain files relating to plans during the 1980s to find a new home for DramaTech, as well as files on the move from the Church of God to the newly built Georgia Tech Theatre for the Arts in 1992. A fundraising brochure and a notebook containing minutes of the Theatre for the Arts Board and several committees document the early years of the newly built facility. Correspondence, copies of constitutions, and mock-ups of various DramaTech productions (oversize) are also included in this subseries.

    Folders are listed alphabetically by folder title, followed by an alphabetical list of oversize materials (Boxes 4 and 5).

    Box

    Fldr

    141Calendar re: theater move, 1992
    142Constitutions, 1979-1991
    143Correspondence, ca. 1984-1997
    144DramaTech Journal issue 1, Fall 1993
    145Finances re: theater move, 1992
    146Fire marshall report, April 1980
    147Flyers, brochures, ca. 1980s
    148Flyers (other organizations), undated
    149Forms, letterhead, undated
    1410Memo re: current state of DramaTech, October 1983
    1411Memos re: Student Center expansion, November 1984
    1412Newspaper clippings, 1981-1997 and undated
    1413O'Keefe Auditorium renovation proposal, March 1981
    1414Plays: Foolz contact list, undated
    1415Plays: Foreplay script, ca. 1993
    1416Plays: The Monkey's Paw script, undated
    1417Plays: Sylvia script (with lighting notes), undated
    1418Plays (unidentified): Props list, undated
    1419Proposal for the disposition of the Church of God, ca. 1980
    1420Specifications re: theater move, ca. 1992
    1421The Tech Commandments, undated
    1422Technical Services Committee proposal, undated

    Box

    Fldr

    151Theatre for the Arts fundraising brochure, ca. 1991
    152Theatre for the Arts notebook (folder 1 of 2), ca. 1993-1996
    153Theatre for the Arts notebook (folder 2 of 2), ca. 1993-1996
    154Theatre for the Arts workshop operation guidelines, January 1994

    Box

    Fldr

    51Drawings: Georgia Tech auditorium, January 1994

    Box

    Fldr

    45Flyers, posters, 1980-1989
    42Newspaper clippings, 1985
    52Posters, newspaper clippings, ca. 1980-1989
    53Program mock-ups (folder 1 of 3), ca. 1980-1989
    54Program mock-ups (folder 2 of 3), ca. 1980-1989
    55Program mock-ups (folder 3 of 3), ca. 1980-1989
    56Program mock-ups: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, 1976
    57Program mock-ups: Flowers for Algernon, ca. 1977
    58Program mock-ups: Laundry and Bourbon, April-June 1988
    59Program mock-ups: Sinfully Delightful, ca. 1990
    510Set sketches, lighting charts: Lysistrata and other plays, ca. 1980-1985
     

    SERIES 2: Production files, 1947-2004

    Description

    The materials in this series consist of files for each production. These files generally include programs, newspaper clippings, mock-ups of programs, scripts, and other related material regarding each production. Other materials might include public relations materials such as radio spots and articles from other publications, and sketches of blueprints of the sets.



    Subseries 1: Production files, 1947-1979

    This subseries contains production files for play performances from 1947 to 1979. These files were originally processed as MS020 Series 2.

    Folders are arranged chronologically.

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    Fldr

    18Three One-Act Plays, Apr 1947
    19The Drunkard, May 1947
    110The Male Animal, Nov 1947
    111The Front Page, Nov 1948
    112Petrified Forest, Feb 1949
    113Heaven Can Wait, May 1949
    114Room Service, Nov 1949
    115Command Decision, Feb 1950
    116The Bishop Misbehaves, May 1950
    117See My Lawyer, Nov 1950
    118The Traitor, Feb 1951
    119Boy Meets Girl, May 1951
    120The Live Wire, Nov 1951
    121Whistling in the Dark, Feb 1952
    122Yellow Jacket, May 1952
    123The Milky Way, Nov 1952
    124The Hasty Heart, Feb 1953
    125Stalag 17, May 1953
    126Mr. Roberts, Nov 1953
    127Detective Story, Feb 1954
    128The Pursuit of Happiness, May 1954
    129Harvey, Nov 1954
    130Key Largo, Feb 1955
    131Charlie's Aunt, May 1955
    132The Front Page, Nov 1955
    133Home of the Brave, Feb 1956
    134The Road to Rome, May 1956
    135At War with the Army, Nov 1956
    136Oedipus Rex, Feb 1957
    137Much Ado About Nothing, Nov 1957
    138Desire Under the Elms, Feb 1958
    139Abie's Irish Rose, May 1958
    140What Price Glory, Nov 1958
    141There Shall Be No Night, Feb 1959
    142My Three Angels, May 1959
    143Androcles and the Lion, Nov 1959
    144Visit to a Small Planet, Feb 1960
    145Major Barbara, May 1960
    146The Skin of Our Teeth, Nov 1960
    147Death of a Salesman and Rainmaker, Feb-May 1961
    148Look Homeward Angel, Nov 1961
    149Under the Sycamore Tree, Feb 1962

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    21Saint Joan, May 1962
    22Teahouse of the August Moon, Nov 1962
    23Twelve Angry Men, Feb 1963
    24Galileo, Nov 1963
    25Time Limit, 1963-1964
    26Sunday in New York, 1964-1965
    27An Enemy of the People, Feb 1965
    28See How They Run, May 1965
    29The Mouse That Roared, Nov 1965
    210Alas, Babylon, Feb 1966
    211Journey's End, May 1966
    212The Man Who Came to Dinner, Nov 1966
    213Becket, Feb 1967
    214The Tender Trap, May 1967
    215John Brown's Body, Nov 1967
    216The Crucible, Feb 1968
    217Goodbye, Charlie, May 1968
    218Inherit the Wind, Nov 1968
    219The Skin of Our Teeth, Feb 1969
    220Invitation to a March, Aug 1972
    221The Importance of Being Earnest, Nov 1972
    222The Crucible, Feb 1973
    223What the Butler Saw, May 1973
    224Feiffer's People, Aug 1973
    225The Lion in Winter, Feb 1974
    226The Adding Machine, Nov 1973
    227Fantasticks, May 1974
    228Love Rides the Rails, Jul 1974
    229The Firebugs, Nov 1974
    230Advise and Consent, Feb 1975

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    31Physician in Spite of Himself, Nov 1969
    32Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Feb 1970
    33Don't Drink the Water, May 1970
    34Black Comedy, Sep 1970
    35Orpheus Descending, Nov 1970
    36Rhinoceros, Feb 1971
    37Auntie Mame, Nov 1971
    38A Streetcar Named Desire, Feb 1972
    39Ten Little Indians, May 1972
    310The Drunkard, May 1975
    311Visit to a Small Planet, Nov 1975
    312The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Feb 1976
    313The Rainmaker, May 1976
    314The Proposal, and Black Comedy, Aug 1976
    315Taming of the Shrew, Nov 1976
    316Catch-22, Feb 1977
    317Spoon River Anthology, May 1977
    318Bus Stop, Aug 1977
    319Wait Until Dark, Nov 1977
    320A Thousand Clowns, May 1978
    321Flowers for Algernon, Nov 1978
    322A Man for All Seasons, Feb 1979
    323Butterflies Are Free, May 1979
    324The Hollow, Aug 1979
    325The Desperate Hours, Nov 1979



    Subseries 2: Production files, 1971-2004 (bulk 1976-2003)

    This subseries contains production files for play performances from 1976 to 2004. These files were obtained in the 2007 donation.

    Folders are arranged chronologically.

    Box

    Fldr

    61Programs, 1971-1977
    62The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, February-March 1976
    63Inherit the Wind, January-March 1978
    64The Desperate Hours, September-November 1979
    65J.B., January-March 1980
    66The Tempest, April-June 1980
    67Who's Happy Now?, June-August 1980
    68Lysistrata, September-November 1980
    69Act Without Words, January-March 1981
    610Beyond, January-March 1980
    611Not Enough Rope, January-March 1980
    612Pippin, January-March 1980
    613Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, April-June 1981
    614The Merchant of Venice, September-November 1981
    615Steambath, January-March 1982
    616A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, April-June 1982
    617Play It Again Sam, June-August 1982
    618As You Like It, September-November 1982

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    71Jumpers, January-March 1983
    72West Side Story, April-June 1983
    73Godspell, June-August 1983
    74Cyrano de Bergerac, September-November 1983
    75Blythe Spirit, January-March 1984
    76How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, April-June 1984
    77You Can't Take It With You, June-August 1984
    78No Sex Please, We're British!, September-November 1984
    79The Dining Room, January-March 1985
    710Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well, April-June 1985
    711Sherlock Holmes And The Case of The Century, June-August 1985
    712Inherit the Wind, June-august 1985
    713Comedy of Errors, January-March 1986
    714The Good Doctor, April-June 1986
    715Once Upon A Mattress, June-August 1986
    716Sly Fox, September-November 1986
    717Rimers of Eldritch, January-March 1987
    718Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, June-August 1987

    Box

    Fldr

    81Arms and the Man, April-June 1987
    82The Odd Couple, September-November 1987
    83Blue Hour/Laundry and Bourbon, January-March 1988
    84The Tempest, April-June 1988
    85Exit the Body, June-August 1988
    86Dark the Moon, September-November 1988
    87The Foreigner, January-March 1989
    88Mid-Summer Night's Dream, April-June 1989
    89The Diviners, September-November 1987

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    Fldr

    91How The Other Half Loves, June-August 1989
    92A Peachtree Haunting, January-March 1990
    93Isle of Dogs, January-March 1990
    94Lunacy, June-August 1990
    95Women/God in Congress, September-December 1990
    96Seduced, January-March 1990
    97The Memorandum, January-March 1991
    98International Festival, January-March 1991
    99The Lion In Winter, January-March 1991
    910Pippin, April-June 1991

    Box

    Fldr

    101The Nerd, June-August 1991
    102Fahrenheit 451, September-November 1991
    103International Festival, January-March 1992
    104The Illusion, January-March 1992
    105Hunting Cockroaches, January-March 1992
    106A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, June-August 1992
    107Major Barbara, January-March 1992
    108Pajama Tops, June-August 1992
    109The Taming of The Shrew, September-November 1992
    1010Open House, September-November 1992
    1011Gala Grand Opening, September-November 1992
    1012Assassins, January-March 1993
    1013Voice of the Prairie, April-June 1993
    1014The Island, April-June 1993
    1015Open House, September-November 1993
    1016Jacque and His Master, September-November 1993
    1017Late Night Special, June-August 1993

    Box

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    111Boot Camp, June-August 1993
    112The Skin of Our Teeth, September-November 1993
    113Agnes of God, June-August 1994
    114T-Bone n Weasel, April-June 1994
    115The Hostage, April-June 1994
    116The Glass Menagerie, September-November 1994
    117Studio Shows, September-November 1994
    118The Real Inspector Hound, September-November 1994
    119The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year, September-November 1994
    1110Macbeth, January-March 1995
    1111Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, April-June 1995
    1112Awards Banquet, April-June 1995
    1113Equus, September-November 1995
    1114Into The Woods, January-March 1996
    1115Personals, June-August 1995
    1116The Miser, April-June 1996
    1117Foul Play (Eggshell 2), April-June 1996

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    Fldr

    121Menage a Trois, January-March 1996
    122Godspell, January-March 1997
    1231984, April-June 1997
    124Demons, April-June 1997
    125Henry V, September-November 1997
    126Bacchae, January-March 1998
    127The Who's Tommy, April-June 1998

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    Fldr

    131I Hate Hamlet, June-August 1998
    132The Fiddler On The Roof, April-June 1999
    133Faustus, April-June 1999
    134Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, June-August 1999
    135Frankenstein, September-December 1999
    136Studio Shows, September-November 1999
    137Grease, September-December 1999
    138Electricity… We Shall Be Monsters, September-December 2000
    139Banquet, April-June 2000
    1310Much Ado About Nothing, April-June 2000
    1311Noises OFF!, September-November 2000
    1312Bridal Terrorism, September-December 2000
    1313Open House, September-December 2000
    1314A Funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Forum, April-June 2000
    1315Arms and The Man, June-August 2001
    1316Awards Banquet, April-June 2002
    1317The Complete Works of Shakespeare(Abridged), June-August 2002
    1318Dean Dull's birthday party, April-June 2003
    1319Let's Try This! Improvisation comedy troupe, ca. 1999-2004