Scope and arrangement
The papers of Nikos Psacharopoulos relate to his professional life from the late 1940s to the late 1980s. It includes photographs, programs, scripts, clippings, and various other production materials. There is very little of a personal nature in the collection. Psacharopoulos’s close association with the Williamstown Theatre Festival is especially well documented, and the heart of the collection is the series of WTF production photographs from the 1970s and 1980s. Noteworthy individuals in the collection include Blythe Danner, Langston Hughes, Christopher Reeve, and Tennessee Williams.
The Nikos Psacharopoulos papers are arranged in four series:
- 1955 - 198716 boxes
Psacharopoulos helped found the Williamstown Theatre Festival (then known as the Williamstown Summer Theatre) in 1955 and remained its driving force until his death in 1989. This series documents this relationship.
- 1925 - 19864 boxes
This series includes materials from a variety of productions that Psacharopoulos directed. Some of the venues involved are Yale, New York Pro Musica, the New York City Opera, and the American Shakespeare Festival. It includes programs, scripts, photographs, and a music manuscript.
- 1948 - 19863 boxes
This series includes mainly photocopies of scrapbooks (only the last two are the original scrapbooks). The first scrapbook focuses on Psacharopoulos’s Oberlin College productions. All the others focus on the Williamstown Theatre Festival, with any additional companies noted in the container list. Clippings are about productions that Psacharopoulos was involved with, the actors that he worked with, articles that reference him and the like.
- 1 box
This series includes posters for productions, both from Yale and other venues. There are also scenic designs for four different productions (Legend of Lovers, Romeo and Juliet, Washington Square, Play of Herod) and a costume design for Miss Julie. The folder of artwork consists of several unidentified (and undated) paintings and one crayon rubbing.