In anticipation of its 50th anniversary in October, the Theatre and Dance Department has created an online archive page.
Included are a history of the department, an archive of productions since 1990, news articles dating to 2001, and newsletters since 2010. Alumni are invited to complete a survey and include personal information, and there is a link to the CSUEB Theatre and Dance Facebook page.
Eventually, the files are expected to extend back to 1961 when the department produced, “Imaginary Invalid,” the first of more than 700 shows.
That first play was directed by Donald B. Muir when the program was named the Drama Department of Alameda County State College, and productions were performed in room W-2 of Hayward High School. At the time, tickets were $1 general admission, 50 cents for faculty and free to students.
Department Chair Thomas Hird, professor of theatre and dance, has been with the department for four of those five decades. He said he hopes alumni, students, and prospective artists will appreciate the archives as a record of achievement.
April Rodriguez ’02, a graduate of the theatre and dance department, and Diana Wakimoto of the University Library, are continuing to work with Hird on the project.
For details about the celebration, scheduled Oct. 15 through 20, or for reservations, visit the department online.