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UC Riverside Department of Theatre Builds Digital Production Archive

Theatre Buffs Can View Photos of Past UC Riverside Productions

(April 23, 2004)

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A scene from "The Tempest" in 1999-2000. Photo by Alan Call

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (April 23, 22004) -- The Department of Theatre’s production archive features a recorded history of the theatre productions at UC Riverside since 1954 and includes photos accompanied with a list of the productions each academic year.

The archive was converted to a digital format with help from the computing staff of the College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences. It is available on-line for public viewing at

Marc Longlois, Theatre Production Manager and a lecturer in design, the archive creates a visual showcase for the production work of the Department of Theatre as well as a visual record of the productions. It is also intended “to credit the work of the creative teams for their work on the productions,” Longlois added.

The archive has been maintained in an “analog” form since the formation of the department in the 1950’s. Currently the archive features text information for the past 20 years and then four production shots from each show for the last 10 years. Theatre Department Art Director and Lecturer Kevin Morrissey did the digital editing from among thousands of photographs to deliver the selected shots to the computing team from CHASS. Longlois said it was a difficult but important project. “We have had to bring photographic materials of all sorts together and convert them to an acceptable digital format.”

Currently the photos on the archive begin from 1992-1993 dating back through the 1980-1981 productions. Production Manager Longlois added, “We have a vast archive of production materials which we hope to scan and add to the archive. But the most practical plan seemed to work backwards from the present since the digital format was already being used for those photos.”

The Department hopes to further expand the “current season” area to add pictures just before the productions open. In the future, the Department hopes to have random theatre pictures appear on every page of the Theatre department website.

To view the Production Archive, please visit the Department of Theatre’s respective web-site at

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A scene from "Tartuffe" in 2000-01. Photo by Alan Call

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