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Title: Federal Theatre Project Collection
Collection Number: CTC.1979.02
Creator: Federal Theatre Project (U.S.).

Collection Dates: 1936-1939
Extent: 5.0 linear feet (12 document boxes)

Language: English

The Federal Theatre Project was a New Deal initiative established in 1935 within the Work Projects Administration (WPA). It aimed to provide employment for out-of-work theatre professionals including actors, writers, directors, and designers. Under the dynamic direction of Hallie Flanagan, the project encouraged experimental work in theatres across the country and also staged revivals of European and American classics in regional theatres, attracting large new theatre audiences as a result. The left-leaning political tone of some of the plays drew the attention of the House on Un-American Activities Committee, which prompted an investigation of the Federal Theatre Project that led to its dissolution on July 30, 1939. The Federal Theatre Project Collection includes publications, reports, and programs that reflect the activities of the project between the years of 1936-1939.