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Celebration Theatre collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll2007-017

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection contains early executive board minutes, budgets, performance flyers and programs collected from the theater's inception by Jim Kepner. It also contains records collected from 1985 by Bill Kaiser, first in his role as promotions director and and later for his performing arts information clearing house, the Purple Circuit, as well as performance and administrative documents of former artistic director Robert Schrock.


  • 1982-2018



The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Administrative History

Celebration Theatre incorporated in 1982 as a community theater to celebrate the positive creative and cultural aspects of the gay and lesbian community of greater Los Angeles. The theater has been in continuous operation since its first production in Jim Kepner's National Gay Archives located on North Hudson Street in Hollywood. The theater later rented space in the Scorpio Theatre on Hoover Street in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles before moving to a West Hollywood-adjacent location on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles.


7.4 Linear Feet (10 boxes.)

Language of Materials



Early executive committee minutes, performance budgets, programs, flyers, press kits, photographs, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, including reviews, documenting the activities of the Celebration Theatre, 1982-2006. The collection consists of materials from the collections of Jim Kepner, the first Vice Chairman, of Robert Schrock, a former artistic director, and of the Purple Circuit, an information clearinghouse for gay and lesbian theater, founded by Bill Kaiser.


The collection is arranged into three series: Administrative Records, Theatrical Performances, and Memorabilia. The arrangement of the administrative records reflects the order in which they were found. The theatrical performance files are arranged alphabetically by play or performance title. The documents of multiple short plays or one-acts performed as a show are arranged alphabetically under the performance title followed by a list of the individual plays and playwrights.

Acquisition Information

Records collected by Bill Kaiser and from the collections of Jim Kepner and Robert Schrock.

Processing Information

The collection was formerly housed in box 103-006, in folders of the Performing Arts Collection (Coll2007-016), and in the collection Robert Schrock. Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, with the assistance of Jim D. Deaton and Sócrates Silva, in December 2007; in February 2008, materials relating to the Celebration Theatre reclaimed from the Gay & Lesbian Drama Scripts Collection (Coll2008-003) and returned to the Celebration Theatre collection.

Collection was transferred to records boxes and finding aid revised during July 2008.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Abrami, Robert
Adams, Joseph K.
Alfaro, Luis
Allen, Claudia
Amzen, Nic
Appalloosa, Rex
Araiza, Albert Antonio
Baker, John Roman
Barnett, Robert
Bateman, Lane (pseudonym L. Lane)
Beard, Tom
Bedonna, Isaac
Bentley, Eric
Besecker, Joe
Besset, Jean-Maire
Beswick, Jordan Sidney
Beverly, Nancy
Bierman, Bruce
Black, Laura
Bly, Majorie
Bock, Adam
Boehnlein, Frank
Boito, David
Bommer, Lawrence
Buford, Loren
Callahan, John
Cariello, Christopher
Casey, Mary F.
Chambers, Jane
Chandler, Kate
Cherryholmes, H. L.
Chesley, Robert
Cohen, Jaffee
Cotter, Patricia
Cronin, Harry
Crowe, Bill
Cruz, Migdalia
Cunningham, Eric
Daniels, Sarah
del Valle, Peter
Dickler, Gloria
Disner, Don
Dreher, Sarah
Elizabeth, Maire
Epperson, John
Fairchild, Mark S.
Fell, Blair
Foley, Rudy Thomas
Forrest, Pamela
Fulford, Robin
Galligan, David
Gardner, Layce
Giantvalley, Scott
Gilbert, William S.
Goldstein, Robert
Golvin, Sandra
Gray, Pamela
Green, Wayne
Greer, Michael
Grieg, Noël
Griffith, Drew
Griffith, Drew
Grimsley, Jim
Hagedorn, Jeff
Hall, Richard
Hampton, Christopher
Hanes, Ken
Harding, Alex
Harris, Larry Dean
Harry, Phillip Brooks
Harry, Robert Stephen
Hoffman, Keith
Hoffman, Ken
Holsclaw, Doug
Honnet, Mark
Hughes, Holly
Jackson, Colette
Jacobs, Jason
Jacobson, Tom
Jones, Ross
Kane, Patricia
Kaufman, Moises
Kearns, Michael
Keegan, Tom
Kelly, Tim
Kinchi, John
Kluger, Steve
Knoll, Jim
Kramer, George
Kulp, Laurence R.
Lane, L. (pseudonym for Lane Bateman)
Leigh-Coleman, Denis
Littell, Phillip
Lloyd, Davidson
Lord, Albert
Lotman, Loretta
Ludlam, Charles, 1943-1987
Lynch, Lee
McClellan, Michael
McLane, Robert
Macofsky, Tod
Martin, William
Masterson, Kelly
Mello, Rob
Miller, Isabel
Miller, Patti R.
Miller, Susan
Milliner, Todd
Mitchell, Kevin M.
Montley, Patricia
Moore, Pauline
Moore, Steven
Moraga, Cherrie
Moskowitz, Jerome
Motel, Doug
Mullen, Claudia
Nagy, Phyllis
Nanin, Odalys
O'Hara, Robert
O'Neil, Tom
Palacios, Monica
Patrick, Robert
Paul, Rick
Peters, Robert
Pfanner, Jim
Picket, James Caroll
Pinter, Harold
Pliura, Vytautas
Podolsky, Robin
Prestininzi, Ken
Pulner, Alan
Rabushka, Jerry
Racelis, Felix
Ranberg, Chuck
Ranson, Rebecca
Ravenhill, Mark
Real, Philip
Reconco, Oscar
Reyes, Guillermo
Roome, Douglas
Rosen, Sybil
Ross, Justin
Rubin, Amy
Sadownick, Doug
Sanchez, Edwin
Savage, Mark
Schiowitz, Josh
Schoenfeld, Jeff
Schrock, Robert
Seppala, Eric
Shairp, Mordaunt
Sheiness, Marsha
Shere, Michael Stuart
Shinn, Christopher
Simpson, Marita
Smith, G. Bruce
Smith, Scott Edward
Snyder, David
Sofronski, Ken
Somsen, Pennell
Specchio, Jake
Spillers, Michael
Stampalia, Giancarlo
Sterner, Steve
Stewart-Brown, Christi
Stowe, Ayofemi
Sullivan, Arthur
Swanson, Jim
Terrell, Dan Martin
Tower, Michael Thomas
Trasandes, Monica
Upton, Phyllis
Van Duzer, Michael
Vanatta, J. S.
Velazquez, G.
Vertucci, June
Vincent, Barry
Ward, Bruce
Waren, Mark Grant
Weathers, Carolyn
Wells, Win
Winkler, Mark
Winslow, Christopher
Witt, Michael
Wolcott, Peyton
Wolman, Karen Dale
Yew, Chay
ZeOeh, Ruchele
Finding aid of the Celebration Theatre collection
Michael C. Oliveira
© 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in: English
Edition statement
Revised edition.This edition reflects substantial editions to the collection in 2008 & 2018.

Repository Details

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