Laurie Wagman collection of theater arts in education
Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
Laurie Wagman—a Philadelphia native— is the Founder and President of American Theater Arts for Youth, Inc. (TAFY) as well as its division, American Family Theater, which have been presenting professional theater productions to school aged children for over four decades. Serving as a cultural and curricular bridge between students and teachers, American Theater Arts for Youth has developed into one of the foremost artistic education organizations in the United States. Wagman has been the recipient of numerous awards for her achievements on behalf of young people, including citations from the City of Philadelphia and the Freedoms Foundation. In addition, Laurie Wagman has served on the boards for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Creative Glass Center, and the National Theater Alliance.
This collection displays Wagman's breadth of work through the American Family Theater (TAFY), covering a wide range of material from press releases, news articles, season catalogs, promotional materials, and even a book of holiday songs for children composed by Wagman. Most notable are the extensive materials from the performances given by the American Family Theater. These records include study guides, scripts, musical scores, photographs, production notes, and recordings of over forty unique productions, each produced by Laurie Wagman. In addition, business records and publications from Broadway on Tour—another notable theater organization headed by Wagman—can be found in the collection.
Substantial portions of this collection have been digitized and are available to researchers online.
Gift of Laurie Wagman, 2015.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Alexis Morris
- Finding Aid Date
- 2015 May 19
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use. However, original audio/visual and computer files are restricted from access. Because substantial portions of this collection have been digitized and are available to researchers online, researchers should rarely need to access the originals.
- Use Restrictions
Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.