Scope and arrangement
This collection contains material that reflect David Garfield's dual role as both researcher and participant and contains material generated by the Actors Studio, the Group Theater, and material collected by Garfield through his research.
Files relating to the Actors Studio include a chronological run of general files that consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports between board members and members, copies of the Actors Studio newsletter, a list of awards won by Studio members, and a Studio handbook from 1974. The general files document the administration of the studio, the work done by the board of directors, and the conflicts between various staff and board members. For additional material on the administration of the Studio and fundraising efforts, see Writings--The Actors Studio: A Player's Place--Documentation Files.
The Actors Studio West file consists of news clippings, mass mailings to members, and newsletters. Correspondence primarily regards Garfield's work as a writer and includes outgoing letters requesting interviews and information, as well as correspondence with other researchers and with the editorial staff at his publisher MacMillan. The Group Theatre files contain an undated report on issues and concerns regarding the Theatre's governance and future, translations commissioned by Strasberg of works by seminal Russian authors on theory, and transcriptions of lectures given by Richard Boleslavsky at the American Laboratory Theatre from 1925 to 1926.
Writings pertain to The History of the Actor's Studio, The Actors Studio: A Player's Place, and Garfield's review of the play The Shadow of the Gunman. Files consist of typescripts, an accession list of articles regarding the Actors Studio, documentation files, notes, photographic research and photographs, and papers detailing permissions and royalties. The documentation files are arranged numerically and contain articles about the Studio, as well as internal documents such as programs, prospectuses, reports, rules and regulations, and grant applications. There is also material on the Repertory Theatre at Lincoln Center, founded by Elia Kazan and Robert Whitehead, and the Actors Studio Theatre. In rare instances, documentation files contain photocopies of archival material from the Actors Studio archives.
Photographs were collected for inclusion in The Actors Studio: A Player's Place. Photographers include Henry Grossman, Martha Holmes, Ira Mazer, and Syeus Mottel. Subjects include Marlon Brando, Patrick McVey, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Geraldine Page, Kim Stanley, Rod Steeger, Lee Strasberg, and Eli Wallach in both candid shots and in performances like Baby Want a Kiss, Blues for Mister Charlie, Strange Interlude, and Three Sisters.
The sound recordings are interviews Garfield conducted from 1973 to 1978. Interviewees include Group Theatre founders Harold Clurman and Cheryl Crawford, Actors Studio founders Elia Kazan and Robert Lewis, artistic director Lee Strasberg, members Lou Antonio, Thomas Avera, Rudy Bond, Joan Copeland, Jack Garfein, Lou Gilbert, Terese Hayden, Jane Hoffman, Geoffrey Horne, Anne Jackson, Harvey Keital, Liska March, Geraldine Page, Estelle Parsons, Lenka Peterson, Maureen Stapleton, John Stix, Dennis Weaver, Christine White, Robert Whitehead, and board members Steven Greenberg and Carl Schaeffer. There is also a recording of Florida State University's Actors Studio Salute (1977) featuring staff and members from the Studio. Inquiries regarding audio materials in this collection may be directed to the Billy Rose Theatre Division (firstname.lastname@example.org). Sound recordings may be subject to preservation evaluation and migration prior to access.
This collection is arranged alphabetically by title or format.