Performing Arts Company Records
UA.16.118.1

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Michigan State University. Performing Arts Company..
Title
Performing Arts Company records
ID
UA.16.118.1
Date [inclusive]
1975-1992
Extent
0.1 Cubic feet , 3 folders
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan".

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Historical Note

In 1962, Dr. John Dietrich of the Department of Speech established the Performing Arts Company, which was to “consist of a select group of graduate student/performers/artists/technicians who, augmented by the best of the undergraduate talents, were to present productions in the Fairchild Theatre and tour the state, as well as present productions originating in the Arena Theatre in the living-learning dormitories created by Dr. Hannah with their unique "Kiva" spaces.” The first state-wide tour of the Performing Arts Company took place in 1963-1964 with productions of MEDEA and RHINOCEROS. Tours to cities outside of Lansing were sponsored by secondary schools and civic organizations. In the fall of 1995, the faculty voted to discontinue the usage of the Performing Arts Company label. Instead, the production work was known as the “Department of Theatre presents”. This decision was prompted by the need to provide stronger identification for the department. The Performing Arts Company was an outgrowth of the concept of the university resident acting company consisting primarily of graduate students. Since most of the productions were auditioned across the whole of the student body, the idea of a resident company no longer existed. [Source: A Brief History of Theatre at MSU from http://theatre.msu.edu/Department/History/]

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Scope and Contents note

The records consist of two issues of the newsletter PAC News, performance programs, and schedules for the seasons.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections June 2009

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  December 2009

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. -- General subdivision--Performing Arts Company.;

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Collection Inventory

PAC News Fall 1978, Spring 1979 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 1

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Performance programs 1968-1970, Undated 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 2

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Schedules 1970-1992, Undated 


    Drawer Folder
Mixed materials   F.D. 3

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