Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy

ATAP Archiving Manual

Here is a wonderful new resource, released this week by Ken Cerniglia and Susan Brady, Co-Chairs of the American Theatre Archive Project Steering Committee!

After three years of development by ATAP archivists and documentarians, the organization has released its first edition of “Preserving Theatrical Legacy: An Archiving Manual for Theatre Companies”.

Download the free PDF from and please spread the word!

You may also view it here: Manual_ATAP 08-13-13_0

The American Theatre Archive Project (ATAP) supports theatre makers in archiving records of their work for the benefit of artists, scholars, patrons, and the public.


  • To preserve records of current theatrical process and product for future generations.
  • To employ theatre legacy to develop theatres’ fiscal health and support new work.
  • To promote a better understanding of theatre as a vital element of cultural history.
  • To encourage scholarly research in contemporary American theatre.
  • To increase funding for establishing and maintaining theatre archives.
  • To support collaborations among theatre archivists, dramaturgs, and scholars.

CTG Launches Ticket-Buying App on Facebook

Center Theatre Group Unveils Facebook App to Organize Theatre Trips

Center Theatre Group in L.A. has unveiled a new Facebook app that will help friends organize a night to the theatre, and gives each friend the ability to purchase their own tickets—yet will keep the group seated together. The app was developed in conjunction with the Tessitura Network, JCA (Jacobson Consulting Applications) and six national theatre partners, and “allows a user to suggest theatre outings with Facebook friends, and then decide on a performance, select seats and purchase tickets–all on Facebook.  Depending on a user’s chosen privacy setting, performance and seating locations can be shared with other Facebook friends.” The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Kennedy Center, Stratford Festival, San Francisco Ballet, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Seattle Repertory Theatre were the other theatres that provided resources and direction for the project. In addition to CTG, the Segerstrom Center and the Stratford Festival also currently offer the Facebook app. A link to the app is available by visiting Center Theatre Group’s Facebook page at

Woolly Mammoth’s Digital Engagment Initiatives

Dramaturgs everywhere, take note of Woolly Mammoth’s worthy efforts in Washington, DC.

Article: Are Woolly Mammoth’s digital engagement efforts a glimpse at the theater of the future?

By Sarah Halzack for The Washington Post

Excerpt: “It’s about 15 minutes until show time at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, but Anna Heller Sebok hasn’t made it to her seat yet.

She’s tinkering with a sleek installation in the lobby of the Penn Quarter playhouse for its production of “Stupid F—ing Bird,” an irreverent, contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s famed drama “The Seagull.”

The display encourages patrons to remix monologues from the original 19th-century play into 140-character messages for Twitter. Users build their snippet-sized prose by mixing up the words on a large magnetic board, and then they can send out their creations over social media using flat-screen Apple computers in the exhibit or by snapping a photo on their smartphones….”

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New App Helps Actors Learn Lines

Here’s what’s new on the digital scene, straight from

Samuel French has teamed up with, the developer of Scene Partner, an award-winning App that helps actors learn their lines using their own scripts or by choosing from a growing collection of Publisher e-Scripts—the authorized Acting Editions designed specifically for use with Scene Partner. The first wave of select Samuel French titles are available in the Scene Partner webstore for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch). Apps for other Smartphones and Android devices coming soon. For more information, click HERE.

What is Scene Partner?:

Scene Partner is an app for Apple devices that allows actors to listen to their lines, their cues, or a whole scene to help them learn their lines faster. Actors can listen to a variety of prerecorded voices – available in different dialects as well – or they can record themselves and their cast mates! Each role can be isolated, so every actor can follow their track through the show or they can customize their track by making their own French Scene Breakdown. Everyone stays on the same page, with real time syncing of any cuts or edits to the script!