University of Central Florida Theatre Program Collection
Scope and Contents
Series I: Conservatory Theatre, 1969-2009 contains programs, news clippings and other materials that provide information about individual productions and overviews of the seasons.
Series II: Repertory Theatre, 1998-2009 holds programs and news clippings about individual productions and entire seasons
Series III: Department, 1968-2008 contains brochures, photographs and news clippings about achievements and milestones in the history of the theatre department.
- Created: 1969-2009
- UCF Theatre Department (Organization)
Biographical or Historical Information
With the formation of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1981/82, Theatre became a separate department with its own director. Since its beginning, the Department had offered the BA degree, but the curriculum and programs were extensively revised in 1992 to include a professional BFA degree with specializations in performance and technical theatre/design. MA and MFA degrees were added in the Fall of 2001, and graduate students may specialize in Acting, Musical Theatre, Design, Theatre for Young Audiences or Theatre Studies. In addition, the season of plays for 1993/94 was expanded to six main-stage productions and six student-directed one-act studio productions. During the summer of 1994, Theatre UCF initiated its first summer theatre program with a summer season of four productions produced by a company of theatre students, faculty, staff, and visiting guest artists.
An air-blown tent was acquired in October 1968 as the theatre's first home, but it was soon replaced as it was impractical. Classes and productions largely took place in a blue and yellow striped tent until 1972/73 when they were moved into the Science Auditorium. In 1983, following major renovations, the building was renamed the University Theatre. The University of Central Florida Theatre Department now includes the Stage One (Mainstage) Theatre and the Stage Two (Black Box) Theatre. The Mainstage Theatre seats 300 and is home to Theatre UCF, as well as the Theatre UCF Summer Company. The Stage Two Theatre seats 125. Beginning with the 2003-2004 season Theatre UCF, now known as UCF Conservatory Theatre, is presenting 14 plays.
In August 2000 the UCF Theatre Program merged with the 73 year old Civic Theatre of Central Florida to create the Orlando Repertory Theatre, which produces plays for children and families, specializing in dramatizations of children's literature and UCF student productions. It provides an opportunity for graduate students on the Theatre for Young Audiences track to gain valuable experience.
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Method of Acquisition
Accruals and Additions
- Florida Technological University Subject Source: Local sources
- Orlando Repertory Theatre Subject Source: Local sources
- Photographic prints Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- UCF Conservatory Theatre Subject Source: Local sources
- Universities and Colleges -- Florida Subject Source: Local sources
- University of Central Florida Subject Source: Local sources
- University of Central Florida Theatre Program Collection
- Rebecca Hammond and Judith Beale
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