Ivy Theatre Records
Scope and Contents
This collection comprises press material, theater production files, contracts, correspondence, clippings, financial records, photographs, a promotional videocassette (VHS) and other material, 1996-2006, from the Ivy Theatre, a lesbian theater founded in Los Angeles in 1998 and named in honor of lesbian feminist activist, Ivy Bottini. The collection includes production files from Letters Home, The Rape of Djuna Barnes and Shame on the Moon, plays produced by the Ivy Theatre between 1998-2000.
- 1996 - 2006
- Majority of material found within 1998 - 2000
- Ivy Theatre (Creator, Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
The Ivy Theatre Company was a non-profit organization whose mission was to provide the opportunity for lesbian playwrights to share their visions and voices; while also fostering the understanding and acceptance of diverse persons through education, activism, and performing arts. The Ivy Theatre was founded in 1998 in honor of veteran lesbian feminist activist and performer Ivy Bottini, as the first and only lesbian-focused theatre company in Los Angeles, California.
The Ivy Theatre was co-founded by Artistic Director, Marian Jones and Literary Director, Mary Casey. Casey served as Artist in Residence at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center where she taught lesbian playwriting workshops and founded the Lesbian Playwriting Festival in 1995. Los Angeles' premier gay theatre, The Gay and Lesbian Celebration Theatre in Hollywood, California, produced some of the plays that came out of these workshops.
Shortly after Jones produced the 2nd Annual Lesbian Playwrights Festival in July of 1996 at Celebration Theatre, Robert Shrock, the Artistic Director of Celebration, invited Jones to serve as Artistic Director of the Lesbian Theatre Initiative. After agreeing, Jones teamed up with Casey to create a separate physical space for lesbian playwrights, actors, and technicians under the umbrella of Celebration. That space became the Ivy Theatre Company, where productions such as Alicia Madrid's Shame on the Moon, and Dee Jae Cox's The Rape of Djuna Barnes would garner much critical acclaim. In addition to ongoing theatrical productions, the Ivy hosted the Lesbian Playwrights Staged Readings Festival, directing and acting classes, and radio theatre broadcasted on KPFK 90.7FM. The Ivy's impressive undertaking of lesbian outreach was largely thanks to a plethora of donations, including several grants from The City of West Hollywood, The California Community Foundation's Gay and Lesbian Fund, and the Arch and Bruce Foundation. The Ivy Theatre has been inactive since 2006.
[Box/folder #, or item name] Ivy Theatre Records, Coll2013-059, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
1.3 Linear Feet (1 archive carton + 1 archive flat box.)
Language of Materials
Press material, theater production files, contracts, correspondence, clippings, financial records, photographs, a promotional videocassette (VHS) and other material, 1996-2006, from the Ivy Theatre, a lesbian theatre founded in 1998 in Los Angeles and named in honor of lesbian feminist activist, Ivy Bottini. Marian Jones served as artistic director.
Press kits about the Ivy Theatre are at the beginning of the collection. The remaining folders are arranged alphabetically.
Received by Yolanda Retter of the Lesbian Legacy Collection. Donor and exact date of acquisition unknown.
Collection processed by Loni Shibuyama with the assistance of Simbree Touchstone, June 2013.
- Finding aid to the Ivy Theatre records, 1996-2006
- Simbree Touchstone and Loni Shibuyama
- (c) 2013
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- Description is in English.
- Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.