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      Joseph Moen

      Researcher at the ready

      Formerly a student staff employee in the U of M's Performing Arts Archives, Joseph Moen brings prior research experience and a strong measure of enthusiasm to the work, as helps researchers uncover and use material deep in the archives.
      Dudley Riggs balancing on one hand

      Remembering comedy icon Dudley Riggs

      Dudley Riggs made a mark on the Twin Cities before passing away on Sept. 22 at the age of 88, particularly with the Brave New Workshop improvisational comedy club that he ran for 39 years. Along with many warm memories, he also leaves behind a treasure trove — his papers are in the Libraries’ Performing Arts Archive.

      New treasures from the Minnesota Opera

      The Performing Arts Archives recently received a treasure trove of new archival materials from the Minnesota Opera. These new acquisitions document the opera company’s more-than 50-year commitment to staging new works. Founded in 1964, the Minnesota Opera began as the Center Opera, an organization that operated under the aegis of the Walker Art Center.
      Portrait of Dominick Argento

      Dominick Argento papers acquired by Performing Arts Archives

      This fall, the Performing Arts Archives welcomed the archives of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento. The collection includes letters, score manuscripts, signed photographs, and several rare recordings — and illustrate the composer’s impressive creative output as well as his collaborative relationships with other Twin Cities musicians and musical groups.
      Summary of the Play: The Fool travels through the rest of the Tarot deck. It is in the words of the author "An interpretation of the Tarot developed as an occult musical extravaganza complete with ballet, music and lyrics with Shakespearean-type dialogue." Reader Comment: It is in the reader's words, "Garbage." It has nearly twice as many impossible character notes as it does dialogue, no sense of through line, an irreverence to the Tarot in general and, if the dialogue is truly intended to be of a Shakespearean type, from this script I assume there is another writer calling himself Shakespeare whose writing I haven't read.

      When Playwrights Go Wrong: Script Reviews from the Guthrie Theater Archives

      By Hannah Korb,  Student Worker for the Guthrie Theater Archives Grant When I first joined the Guthrie Archives back in September, my only experience with...
      Jessica Tandy, presumably in character as Queen Gertrude, gives director Tyrone Guthrie a piece of her mind in rehearsals for Hamlet, 1963.

      NEH grant funds Guthrie Theater archives project

      The Performing Arts Archives has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund the Guthrie Theater Archives project.
      Lost Voices in Jazz

      Lost Voices, Grotting recognized

      This year, the Performing Arts Archives recognizes World AIDS Day alongside researcher, choreographer, and University of Minnesota Dance Program faculty member Karla Grotting.

      VocalEssence Records Come to the Performing Arts Archives

      The Performing Arts Archives welcomes the records of the Minneapolis-based choral music ensemble VocalEssence led by Philip Brunelle.
      Archives staff used over 500 boxes to pack up the collection.

      U of M Acquires the Children’s Theatre Company Records

      By Kathryn Hujda, Assistant Archivist/Processor, Performing Arts Archives and Literary Manuscripts How do you move 50 years of theater history? After a long courtship beginning before...
      An image of the permanent building for Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

      Theatre de la Jeune Lune archives – ready for researchers

      The archives of the Theatre de la Jeune Lune are newly organized and now fully available to researchers. The collection includes over 30 years of production records, extensive administrative records, a full run of season flyers dating back to the early 1980s, press clippings, and a full catalog of audio-visual materials, including nearly 400 video recordings that have been digitized for research and preservation purposes as part of a 2012-2013 grant from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Legacy Amendment funds.

      “Discovering Treasures: Materials found in collections that are in process or have been recently...

      by Christine Avery, Archives Assistant and Kate Hujda, Assistant Archivist/Processor As spring slowly makes its way to Minnesota, the Manuscripts Division decided it was time to take down our...

      New Exhibit Takes You Behind The Scenes

      "Behind the Scenes: Twin Cities Performing Arts and 50 Years of the Guthrie Theater," April 1-June 28, 2013, presented by the Performing Arts Archives...

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