The La MaMa Archives is a not-for-profit organization sustained
by La Mama E.T.C. The Archives are made available to the public
as an educational service to the performing arts community, the
press, scholars, historians, emerging artists, and students of
theatre the world over. Artists' works and all related materials
represented by the archive are subject to and protected by all
national and international copyright laws.
Spanning the forty year history of La MaMa and the off-off Broadway
movements of the sixties, the Archive provides visitors with a
unique glimpse into the history and evolution of contemporary experimental
theatre in America and abroad. The extraordinary and complex development
of La Mama is a blueprint for innovation, invention, risk, daring
and chutzpah, with founder and artistic director Ellen Stewart
still at it's helm.The Archive contains Chronological Playlists,
Individual Production Files, Troupe Files, International Tour Files,
Photos, Original Artworks, and Videos of works by La MaMa Playwrights,
Composers, Directors, Actors, Designers, Choreographers, Dancers,
Musicians, Painters, Puppeteers, Masters Media Artists, Performance
Artists, Cabaret, Graphic and Photographic Artists.
In addition, the Archive often plays host to groups of theatre
students, regional theatre members, visiting theatre artists from
abroad, scholars, historians, doctorial candidates etc. who may
view the history of La MaMa videos: "La MaMa Pushcart," "The
20th Anniversary Compilation", La MaMa a Historical Compilation
60's to the 90's, "TNT's Portrait of America, " Ellen
Stewart's "La MaMa Umbria International" as well as clippings,
reviews, letters production photos programs, scripts, posters,
videos of performances, articles, and artifacts by La MaMa artists
and visiting international artists.
Please contact the archives at:
(212) 260-2471 or firstname.lastname@example.org for
an appointment. Please identify your primary area of interest
Funding for La MaMa Archives provided in part by Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Ford Foundation, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Lila Acheson Wallace Theatre Fund of the New York Community Trust, Shubert Foundation, and Carnegie Corporation.