Student drama clubs collection
Scope and Contents
The Drama Guild of RIT records consist of various documents related to the organization and its activities. The first part of the collection includes administrative and financial records such as a copy of the club's constitution, member rosters, budget requests, and an annual report. The collection also contains correspondence, playbills from several productions, promotional materials such as pamphlets, and rehearsal schedules for four different plays.
The RIT Theatre Company promotional materials consist of two fliers and a postcard advertising the group's production of Romeo & Juliet. One flier contains information on tryouts, while the other flier and postcard advertise the actual production.
Materials included in the Brick City Players collection include meeting notes regarding the production of Dracula (1972?) and a clipping describing Fashion Del Arte (1977). Meeting notes include the cast listing, play synopsis, performance times, publicity plans.
The collection also contains 21 playbills from RIT Players, COLA Department of Performing Arts, NTID Performing Arts, and Play Production Seminar.
The collection also contains a scrapbook of the Drama Guild from 1971-1973 consisting of photographs, news clippings, advertisements, and playbills.
- Creation: 1964-2015
- Rochester Institute of Technology. Drama Guild of RIT (Organization)
- Rochester Institute of Technology. Theatre Company (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to researchers.
Historical information on The Drama Guild of RIT
The Drama Guild of RIT was officially formed in January 1965 at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). A group of students had put on a play, See How They Run during the school's 1964 homecoming; this served as the basis for the organization. In the spring of 1965, the club performed a series of one act productions including Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden by Thornton Wilder and The Sandbox by Edward Albee. The following year, the organization began touring with several productions, traveling to local coffee houses, retirement homes, and hospitals, and participating in the Theatre Festival Association's annual competition in Corning, NY. In 1969, the club was absorbed by the Cultural Affairs Committee of the College Union Board.
Historical information on the Brick City Players
Brick City Players was a student drama club at RIT, active in the 1970s. Presentations performed by the Players include a production of Dracula (1972?), Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap (1974) and Fashion Del Arte (1977). Fashion Del Arte was billed as "an evening of theater in fashion - models arranged in mannequin-like mannerisms come to life andmove in dance-like form to display the fashions of today and yesterday." Previously, in 1965, Drama Guild was formed at RIT, and was active until 1969. It is unclear if Brick City Players replaced the Drama Guild, or when the Players itself disbanded.
Historical information on RIT Players
Founded in 1995, the RIT Players is a student-run theater group, producing different kinds of shows each school year. Their productions have included 24 Hour Shows and Fringe Fest performances.
.5 Linear Feet (1 legal document box)
This collection accrues materials from RIT's student-run theater and drama clubs. It includes administrative and financial documents, correspondence, playbills, promotional materials, rehearsal schedules, advertising, scrapbook, and clippings.
Materials are organized by student group.
Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in March 2011. Merged and edited in March 2021 by Ella von Holtum.
- Rochester Institute of Technology. Brick City Players (Organization)
- Rochester Institute of Technology -- Societies and clubs (Organization)
- Rochester Institute of Technology -- Students (Organization)
Genre / Form
- Administrative records
- Clippings (information artifacts)
- Fliers (printed matter)
- Promotional materials
- Student drama clubs collection
- RIT Archives
- Lara Nicosia
- 07 March 2011
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- March 2021: Combined collections and descriptions for relevant collections, added 2018 accession - EvH
- 1/10/2023: Added RIT Drama Guild Scrapbook 1971 -1973