Survey: Wooster Group, The

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$750,001 - $1,000,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Artist Group / Collective
Part 2.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Exhibition History: In the summer of 2003 TWG was included in the exhibit Half Air at the Marianne Boesky Gallery. From the archive, TWG presented two films, "By the Sea," and "The Nun’s Home Movie," two films which were originally projected in the play POINT JUDITH (an epilog). In the upcoming Grey Art Gallery exhibit--the New York Art Scene 1974--1984 (curated by Carlo McCormick), TWG will exhibit two selections of archival footage from the plays RUMSTICK ROAD and NAYATT SCHOOL. The selections and work for both of these exhibits has ben by our archivist, Clay Hapaz. In the forthcoming Wooster Group book (being published by Routledge), editor Andrew Quick is working closely with Hapaz and other company members to create a "book of documents"--a non-critical presentation of archival material from the making of five TWG shows (ST. ANTHONY, BRACE UP!, FISH STORY, HOUSE/LIGHTS, and TO YOU, THE BIRDIE!). The materials all come from our archive and will include pages from "working" scripts and "master scores," actors’ notes, and selections from the director’s notebooks, video stills and many never before published photographs. In September of 2004, TWG held an evening for friends and family iin honor of Spalding Gray. This celebration of Gray’s work with TWG included over an hour’s worth of slides, photographs, and archival footage (some never publicly shown before). The work which Hapaz selected and prepared for that evening has laid the foundation for an upcoming DVD project. We hope to share with the public this rarely seen footage of Spalding Gray and many other company members in TWG’s trilogy from the 1970s, THREE PLACES IN RHODE ISLAND. Publishing History: Route 1& 9 House/Lights Brace Up! Fish Story Performance Archiving: --House/Lights DVD --The Emperor Jones VHS --Brace Up! DVD (forthcoming) --Spalding Gray material (forthcoming)--full-length presentation of Spalding’s work with TWG --Ken Kobland’s documentary of House/Lights on tour (DVD) We also have developed 2 programs in the past: the Visiting Artists Series and the Summer Institute.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Elizabeth LeCompte
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Kate Valk
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
We are not quite satisfied with the quality of new media being developed and used. We’re unclear as to what is the best preservation methods. It seems that newer, digital media is not as reliable over time.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
1. Very Important
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Other Concerns - Please describe below.
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Possibly in private individuals’ homes, etc.
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10c.
10c. How are arrangements made for access to archive?: 
Interested people contact us and we prepare the material they wish to see, when it is possible to do so.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Other Printed Publications - Please describe below.
Program books
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Layouts / Sketches / Instructions for Performances
Props for Performances
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Flat Files
Three-Ring Binders
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
200 +
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
51 - 60
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
200 +
I don’t know
Other Archive Storage Units - Please describe below.: 
3 flat files of set drawings, etc.
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Card File
Written or Typewritten Inventories
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Full-Time Archivist
Part 16 / Database
16d. What type of database software is in use?: 
16e. If FileMakerPro, what version? Please describe below.: 
Not sure
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
No System
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
Controlled Access
None or Limited
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
No or minimal climate controls [i.e. in an attic, basement, unheated / uncooled storage area, etc.]
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
Continue archiving/investigating/discovering
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
(same as 20a)
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
(same as 20b)
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
$60,001 - $70,000
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
The Wooster Group
Who executed this survey.: 
Clay Hapaz
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: