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Prairie Theatre Exchange fonds: MSS 123, PC 133, TC 85 (A.92-30)

Prairie Theatre Exchange:

An Inventory of Its Records at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Don Kroeker
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(1997)

Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (October 2002)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 123, PC 133, TC 85 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

Repository;
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2

 

Creator:
Prairie Theatre Exchange
  
Title:
Prairie Theatre Exchange fonds

 

Dates:

 
1973-1989
  
Quantity:
7.2 m of textual records and other materials.

 

 
Identification:
MSS 123, PC 133, TC 85
  
Language:
English.

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Administrative History of Prairie Theatre Exchange

The origins of the Prairie Theatre Exchange can be traced back to the closing of the Manitoba Theatre Centre's drama school in 1972. The school had achieved considerable success offering recreational drama classes but by the early 1970's it was a financial burden that MTC, saddled with a rising deficit caused by recent expansion, could no longer afford to keep open.

When the announcement was made in the summer of 1972, a group of students, parents and other interested Winnipeggers formed a committee to investigate the possibility of opening up a new independent theatre school. This committee became the basis for the first board of the Manitoba Theatre Workshop. Its first chairman was the lawyer Charles Huband whose son David had been a student at the MTC school. Colin Jackson, a former teacher at the MTC school, was appointed as the Workshop's first director.

The Manitoba Theatre Workshop opened for classes on 9 October 1973 in the old Grain Exchange building at 160 Princess Street. This historic structure, which had been empty since 1964, was leased from the City of Winnipeg for $1 a year. Extensive renovations were made with the aid of a $12,000 Opportunities for Youth (OFY) grant.

Like its predecessor, the Manitoba Theatre Workshop's classes were designed for "enthusiastic amateurs" rather than aspiring professional actors. MTW's primary goal was "to make theatre arts accessible and sensible to as many young people as possible." Operating on the philosophy that "involvement, or contact, with the arts is necessary for society", the Workshop hoped to dispel the notion that drama was the exclusive domain of the elite.

In 1973-74, its first season of operation, the Workshop had an enrolment of 210 full-time and 100 part-time students. An infusion of grant money in January narrowly averted a potential financial disaster and allowed MTW to hire additional staff and organize touring programs for the province's schools.

The Manitoba Theatre Workshop initially devoted a large proportion of its resources towards the promotion of drama in both the school system and the larger community. It provided workshops for both teachers and students as well as serving as a resource for corporations, hospitals and other organizations interested in theatre and theatre education. In an effort to reach a wider audience it became involved in the production of "Let's Go", a CKY television program that featured MTW students doing improvisational exercises around a central theme. The Workshop also took over the sponsorship of the annual Junior & Senior High School Drama Festival from MTC.

Many of these activities had to be cut or severely curtailed for the 1975-76 season as a result of CKY's decision to produce "Let's Go" by itself and the decision of the Department of Education to drop its funding for the Drama Festival. The Festival was re-introduced in 1978 and in January 1979 the Manitoba Drama Festivals was incorporated as an official body supported by lottery monies. The festival was expanded the following year to include community theatre groups as well.

In keeping with MTW's educational mandate, its theatre productions were generally oriented towards a younger audience. The Workshop's first shows were student-produced cabarets designed as fundraisers. Canada Council grants were used to establish a puppet troupe that eventually went off on its own in 1976 as the Manitoba Puppet Theatre.

The first adult productions performed at MTW were presented by Confidential Exchange, a studio theatre group of local actors formed in 1974. Their December 1975 production of "Sandhills" was the first show produced at the Workshop under a full Actor's Equity contract. This show was part of the Workshop's first full season of alternative adult theatre, consisting of three Confidential Exchange productions and four touring productions. MTW's formal relationship with Confidential Exchange ended in August 1976 and the group disbanded soon afterward.

The 1977-78 season saw the introduction of The Neighbourhood Theatre (TNT), the province's first professional children's theatre company. Under the artistic leadership of director Deborah Baer Quinn, TNT presented three seasons of high-quality children's and youth theatre. An emphasis was placed on using original and locally-produced material and many of the shows were collective collaborations of the director and actors. A full subscription season was offered for the first time in 1978-79.

The Manitoba Theatre Workshop also hosted numerous touring productions and promoted concerts by popular children's entertainers such as Raffi and Fred Penner.

In September 1981 the Manitoba Theatre Workshop officially changed its name to Prairie Theatre Exchange, signalling a new direction for the company. Gordon McCall succeeded Deborah Quinn as artistic director and David Gillies was appointed as the company's first playwright-in-residence.

The new Prairie Theatre Exchange would offer adult as well as youth and children's programming with the aim of becoming the province's second fully professional theatre company. Its extremely successful first season in 1981-82 was highlighted by a production of George Ryga's "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe" in which all the principal native roles were played by native actors. This fact aroused nation-wide interest and the show was featured on the national news telecasts of both CBC and CTV as well as in a number of other national media outlets. After its Winnipeg run was completed, the show was taken on a five-week tour in southern British Columbia.

An all-Canadian season featuring five world premieres, three of them by Manitoba playwrights, was announced for the following year. This emphasis on local plays, however, proved to be unpopular with the public and resulted in a $20,000 loss.

A new artistic director, Kim McCaw of Saskatoon's Globe Theatre, was brought in for the 1983-84 season. He outlined a new "populist" policy for the PTE that emphasized the production of "contemporary, committed, socially connected work." Under McCaw's direction, the company enjoyed several remarkably successful years and gained a reputation for producing contemporary plays dealing with timely issues. By 1987 it had solidly established itself as the province's younger and hipper alternative to the more conservative Manitoba Theatre Centre. The headline of an article in the 26 June 1987 issue of the Globe & Mail proclaimed: "Prairie Exchange is hot, elaborate theatres are not." For the 1986-87 season PTE announced a balanced budget of $1.2 million, the first time that it had gone over the $1 million mark.

By 1987 it was also obvious that it was no longer feasible for PTE to remain in the old Grain Exchange building. Although the building's historic charm and relaxed atmosphere had become one of the theatre's main selling points, it was simply too small to support a major repertory company.

In November 1987 the PTE announced that it would be moving into a 2100-square-metre space on the third floor of the new Portage Place shopping centre. Kim McCaw defended this somewhat unorthodox juxtaposition of culture and capitalism as a move that would help to bring the arts from the fringes to the centre of the city. Construction began in March of 1989 and the first public performance in the new state-of-the-art 364-seat theatre took place on 12 October 1989.

The new quarters were also designed to accomodate the PTE Theatre School which by the early 1990's boasted an enrollment of well over 400 students. PTE has also continued to offer workshops through the public schoo system as well as curriculum workshops for teachers. In December 1988 PTE was approved as a Teaching Centre by the University of Manitoba.

In 1991 the Quebec director and playwright Michael Springate was named as the PTE's new artistic director, replacing Kim McCaw. Springate's emphasis on the staging of new plays by unknown writers resulted in a drop in attendance and he was replaced in 1995 by Montreal-based freelance director Allen MacInnis. MacInnis announced that a concerted effort would be made to increase attendance by appealing to a wider audience. His first full season as artistic director, 1996-1997, was highlighted by an elaborate staging of "My Fair Lady" and the hosting of the extremely popular touring production "2 Pianos, 4 Hands".

OTHER RESOURCES

For a comprehensive overview of the first nine years of the MTW/PTE the researcher is urged to consult Peter J. Spencer's 1983 EdD thesis "The History and Contribution of the Manitoba Theatre Workshop/Prairie Theatre Exchange". Among its more useful features are a chronology of important dates, a complete listing of shows, and transcripts of Spencer's interviews.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

At this point the collection's records are largely limited to the theatre seasons from 1973-1974 to 1981-1982. This period includes the eight seasons during which the organization was known as the Manitoba Theatre Workshop and its first season operating as the Prairie Theatre Exchange.

The administrative and production files have been grouped together by season. In certain cases, events that generated a number of files were given their own separate series. These include the 1977 Summer Theatre Project, the 1979 Playwright Search and the 1980 and 1981 Drama Festivals.

The files in the seasonal series document the various activities undertaken by the Manitoba Theatre Workshop, including its theatre classes, educational outreach programmes, school tours, TV productions and the provincial drama festivals. Most of the seasonal series also contain files of press releases and press clippings as well as other promotional material. The many files dealing with grant applications and various aspects of fundraising are evidence of the Workshop's constant struggle to stay afloat financially.

Production files dealing with individual shows are arranged chronologically at the end of each seasonal series. These files contain equity contracts, production and rehearsal schedules, correspondence, programs, promotional material and, in some cases, the script. Most of the major productions produced or hosted by MTW/PTE during its first nine years of existence are represented but the holdings are not exhaustive. For a complete list of productions, the researcher is advised to consult Peter Spencer's 1983 thesis "The History and Contribution of the Manitoba Theatre Workshop/Prairie Theatre Exchange".

Miscellaneous and cumulative files that could not easily be placed into a seasonal series are grouped together near the end. The final series is a collection of scripts representing the productions staged by Prairie Theatre Exchange. The title "script" is somewhat misleading since most of these files also contain programs, rehearsal schedules, production notes, blocking diagrams and other related documents. The scripts themselves are usually extensively annotated.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into 5 series.

  • Administrative and Production Files
  • Cumulative and Miscellaneous Files
  • Scripts
  • Photograph Collection (PC 133)
  • Tape Collection (TC 85)

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Restrictions on Use

The Prairie Theatre Exchange Collection is open to all researchers on the condition that they abide by all copyright laws and regulations as passed by the Parliament of Canada and exercise proper care of all documents contained therein. Any excerpts or quotations from the Collection must not be used without acknowledgment and source attribution.

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Related Records

The Winnipeg Tribune Collection (MSS 24) includes a subject file on the Manitoba Theatre Workshop (#4511) as well as personality files on such key figures as Colin Jackson, Deborah Quinn and Charles Huband.

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Custodial History

The papers of the Prairie Theatre Exchange were donated to the University of Manitoba Libraries in 1992 (A.92-30). An official presentation was made on June 1 of that year.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Administrative and Production Files 

(Arranged by Season)

Box Folder  
1 1 Bookkeeping 1973-1974 
  2 Cabaret 1973-1974 
  3 CKY "Let's Go" 1973-1974 
  4 Community Service 1973-1974 
  5 Congratulatory and Thank You Letters 1973-1974 
  6 Contemporary Dancers 
  7 Contracts 1973-1974 
  8 Correspondence - Miscellaneous 1973-1974 
  9 Correspondence, School 1973-1974 
  10 Correspondence, Student 1973-1974 
  11 Donations, Private 1973-1974 
  12 Donations, Private & Corporate 1973-1974 
  13 Donations of Services and Goods 1973-1974 
  14 Donations to Building 1973-1974 
  15 Drama Festival, April 1974 
  16 Early Workshops 1973 
Box Folder  
2 1 Equipment 1973 
  2 Foundation and Government Grants 1974 
  3 Fundraising 1973-1974 
  4 Hopkins, Bernard - Classes 1974 
  5 L. I. P. (Local Employment Initiative) Application 1973-1974 
  6 MTW - History - Stage Plans, Old Lists, Etc. 1973 
  7 OFY (Opportunities for Youth) Project 1973 
  8 Open House 18 Nov. 1973 
  9 Press Clippings 1973-1974 
  10 Press Releases 1973-1974 
  11 Publicity 1973-1974 
  12 Puppets 1974
  13 Raffle 1974 
  14 Staff 1973-1974 
  15 Student Lists 1973-1974 
1974-1975
Box Folder  
3 1 Budget 1974-1975 
  2 Building 1974-1975 
  3 Canada Council (Puppet Troupe & Gen. Correspondence) 1974-1975 
  4 Canadian Child and Youth Drama Association 1974-1975 
  5 Classroom Arts Program 1975 
  6 Cleese, John 1974-1975 
  7 Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1974-1975 
  8 Drama Festival 1974-1975 
  9 Drama Festival '75 - Evaluation Forms 1975 
  10 "Expectation" Summer Program 1975 
  11 Foundations & Government Grants 1974-1975 
  12 Inquiries; Mailing List 1974-1975 
  13 Jackson, Colin - Personal 1974-1975 
  14 L. I. P. Application 1974-1975 
  15 Manitoba Arts Council 1974-1975 
  16 Newsletter 1974-1975 
  17 Other Theatre Schools and Theatres 1974-1975 
  18 Press Clippings 1974-1975 
  19 Press Releases 1974-1975 
  20 Proposed Winnipeg Community Theatre Centre 1974-1975 
  21 Publicity & Public Relations 1974-1975 
  22 Puppet Show - Northern Tour 1974-1975 
  23 Puppet Troupe 1974-1975 
  24 Shows and Cabarets 1974-1975 
  25 Staff 1974-1975 
Box Folder  
4 1 Thank-You Letters to Donors (List with Samples) 1974-1975 
  2 Theatre Student Evaluations 1975 
  3 Wardrobe 1974-1975 
  4 Workshop Evaluations 1974-1975 
1975-1976
Box Folder  
4 5 Ballots Re Change of Name, Dec. 1975 
  6 Budget 1975-1976 
  7 Cabarets & Shows 1975-1976 
  8 Canada Council 1975-1976 
  9

Career Counsel 1975-1976

(Samples)

  10 Change of Directors 1976 
  11 "City Show" with Art Gallery 1976 
  12 CKY TV - "Let's Go," 1975-1976 
  13 Congratulatory Letters 1975-1976 
  14 Contemporary Dancers Inc. 1975-1976 
  15 Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1975-1976 
  16 Donations 1975-1976 
  17 Donations to Building 1975-1976 
  18

Done List 1975-1976

(Special Workshops, Career Days, Etc.)

  19 Drama Festival 1975-1976 
  20 Equity Contracts 1975-1976 
  21 Film Project 1975-1976 
  22 Huband, David 1975-1976 
  23 Jackson, Colin - Personal 1975-1976 
  24 Local Initiatives Program Application 1975-1976 
  25 Manitoba Arts Conference at Gimli ("Resolutions Implementation Committee") 1975 
  26 Manitoba Arts Council 1975-1976 
  27 Manitoba Theatre Centre - Correspondence 1975-1976 
  28 Press Clippings 1975-1976 
  29 Press Releases 1975-1976 
  30 Public Relations 1975 
  31 Puppet Theatre - Requests 1975-1976 
  32 Puppetry Association 1975-1976 
Box Folder  
5 1 School Divisions 1975-1976 
  2 Staff 1975-1976 
  3 Student Application Forms (Sample) 1975-1976 
  4 Studio Company (Confidential Exchange) 1975-1976 
  5 Theatre Gepinniw 1976 
  6 Touring Companies 1975-1976 
  7 Wardrobe 1975-1976 
  8 Watkins, Brian 1976 
  9 Winnipeg Foundation 1975-1976 
  10 Workshops 1976 
1975-76 Shows
Box Folder  
5 11 Redlight Theatre (Touring Production), June 1975 
  12 Theatre Passe Muraille (Touring Production), Nov. 1975 
  13 25th Street House Theatre (Touring Production), Dec. 1975 
  14 "Sandhills," (First Professional Production) Dec. 1975 
  15 Ted Johns (One-Man Show), Jan. 1976 
  16 "Gabe," (Confidential Exchange) Feb. 1976 
  17 "A Visitor from Charleston," May 1976 
  18 Mummers Theatre Troupe (Touring Production), May 1976 
  19 Confidential Exchange - "Son of Scared Scriptless," May 1976 
  20 Reviews & Press Clippings - 1976 Shows 
1976-1977
Box Folder  
5 21 Age and Opportunity Centre Inc. 1976-1977 
  22 Animation Workshops 1976-1977 
  23 Board of Directors' Meetings 1976-1977 
  24 Budget 1976-1977 
  25 Canada Council 1976-1977 
  26 Career Counselling (Samples) 1976-1977 
  27 Children's Theatre Touring Company (Summer of 1976) 
Box Folder  
6 1 Class Books 1976-1977 
  2 Classes at M.T.W. 1976-1977 
  3 Community Contracts 1976-1977 
  4 Confidential Exchange 1976-1977 
  5 Congratulatory Letters 1976-1977 
  6 Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1976-1977 
  7 Correspondence, Student 1976-1977 
  8 Davey, Richard - Workshops 1976-1977 
  9 Donations - Thank You Letters (Samples), 1976-1977 
  10 Donors Contacted, New ( Samples) 1976-1977 
  11 Donors Contacted, Previous (Samples) 1976-1977 
  12 Equity (Actor's Equity Association), 1976-1977 
  13 Financial Statement 1976-1977 
  14 L.I.P. Applications 1976-1977 
  15 Library Correspondence 1976-1977 
  16 Manitoba Arts Council Application for 1976-1977 
  17 The Neighbourhood Theatre 1976-1977 
  18 Polo Park Charities Bazaar - 23 Aug. 1977 
  19 Press Clippings 1976-1977 
  20 Press Releases 1976-1977 
  21 Professional Productions of MTW 1976-1977 
  22 Puppet Theatre - Plans & Finances 1976-1977 
  23 Puppetry File 1976-1977 
  24 Quinn, Deborah - Personal Matters 1976-1977 
  25 School Divisions (Workshops & Tours) 1976-1977 
  26 Secretary of State - Application Under Capital Grants Program 1976-1977 
  27 Shows & Cabarets (Including Student Productions), 1976-1977 
Box Folder  
7 1 Theatre Rental 1976-1977 
  2 Touring Companies 1976-1977 
  3 Winnipeg Foundation 1976-1977 
  4 Workshops (Confirmed) 
  5 Workshops - Evaluations 1976-1977 
1976-77 Shows
Box Folder  
7 6 Theatre Network (Touring Production), Nov. 1976 
1977 Summer Theatre Project
Box Folder  
7 7 Children's Theatre - Summer 1977 
  8 Bookings - OEC (Office of Energy Conservation) Theatre Troupe 1977 
  9 OEC Theatre Project - Ottawa Correspondence 1977 
  10 OEC Theatre Project - Publicity 1977 
  11 OEC Theatre Troupe - Contacts & Schedule 1977 
  12 OEC Theatre Project - Staff Correspondence & Training Sessions 1977 
  13 OEC Theatre Project - Children's Letters & Drawings 1977 
  14 OEC Theatre Project - Contracts & Reports 1977 
1977-1978
Box Folder  
7 15 ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People), 1977-1978 
  16 Board of Directors 1977-1978 
  17 Brochures 1977-1978 
  18 Budget 1977-1978 
  19 Building 1977-1978 
Box Folder  
8 1 Canada Works 1977-1978 
  2 Classes 1977-1978 
  3 Community Contracts 1977-1978 
  4 Contemporary Dancers, Inc. 1977-1978 
  5 Corporations Drama Class 1977-1978 
  6 Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1977-1978 
  7 Donations - Cash 1977-1978 
  8 Drama Festival (Entry Forms & Scripts), 1977-1978 
  9 Drama Festival (Correspondence), 1977-78 
  10 DuMaurier Council for the Performing Arts 1978 
  11 Equity (Actor's Equity Association) 1977-1978 
  12 Financial Statements Re Shows 1977-1978 
  13 Heritage Festival 1977-1978 
  14 Invitations to Shows 1977-1978 
  15 Manitoba Arts Council 1977-1978 
  16 Manitoba Multicultural Theatre Association 1977-1978 
  17 Manitoba Theatre Centre 1977-1978 
  18 Morning Class 1977-1978 
  19 The Neighbourhood Theatre 1977-1978 
  20 Newsletter 1977-1978 
  21 Press Clippings 1977-1978 
  22 Press Releases and Publicity 1977-1978 
  23 "The Primary English Class," (Proposed Production ) 1977-1978 
  24 Professional Association of Canadian Theatres 1977-1978 
  25 Province of Manitoba Employment Program 1977-1978 
  26 Puppetry 1977-1978 
  27 Registration Information 1977-1978 
  28 School Workshops 1977-1978 
Box Folder  
9 1 Shows and Cabarets 1977-1978 
  2 Student Applications (Samples) 1977-1978 
  3 Student Correspondence 1977-1978 
  4 Sunday Night Art & Artists Series 1977-1978 
  5 Theatre Rental and Contracts 1977-1978 
  6 Touring Companies 1977-1978 
1977-78 Shows
Box Folder  
9 7 "Quiet Moments," (Neighbourhood Theatre) Nov. 1977 
  8 "The Mountain Show," (Touring Production) Jan 1978 
  9 "Stories My Grandparents Told Me," Feb. - March 1978 
1978-1979
Box Folder  
9 10 Actor's Equity Association 1978-1979 
  11 Budget 1978-1979 
  12 Canada Council 1978-1979 
  13 Classes at M.T.W. 
  14 Contemporary Dancers 1978-1979 
  15 Correspondence (Out) 1978-1979 
  16 Donations (Samples) 1978-1979 
  17 Drama Festival 1978-1979 
  18 Drama Festival - Leslee Silverman's Notebooks 1978-1979 
  19 Drama Festivals - Mailing Lists & Initial Correspondence 1979 
  20 Flyer Layouts 1978-1979 
  21 Manitoba Arts Council (Applications & Correspondence) 1978-1979 
Box Folder  
10 1 Manitoba Drama Festival 1978-1979 
  2 Press Clippings 1978-1979 
  3 Press Releases 1978-1979 
  4 Publicity Letters 1978-1979 
  5 Puppetry Classes 1978-1979 
  6 Registration Information 1978-1979 
  7 Season 1978-1979 
  8 Season Ticket Campaigns 1978-1979 
  9 Staff Communications 1978-1979 
  10 Touring Companies 1978-1979 
  11 Winnipeg Foundation 1978 
  12 Workshop Evaluations 1979 
  13 Young People's Theatre Festival 1979 
1978-79 Shows
Box Folder  
10 14 "Quiet Moments," (Neighbourhood Theatre) Nov. 1977 
  15 "Tall Tales," (Puppet Tree Company) Dec. 1978 - Jan. 1979 
  16 "Sumidigawa," (Kaleidoscope Touring Company) Feb. 1979 
  17 "Story Bag" & "Music for Young Folk," (Fred Penner) March 1979 
  18 "Young Children's Concert with Raffi," March 1979 
  19 "You Know What I Mean, Eh?," May-June 1979 
  20 "TNT On Tour," (Evaluations & Journal) Feb. - March 1979 
1979 Manitoba Playwright Search
Box Folder  
10 21 General Correspondence & Final Report 
  22 Correspondence with Directors 
  23 Correspondence with Sponsors 
  24 Promotion 
1979-1980
Box Folder  
10 25 Agassiz Productions 1980 
  26 American Centre for Stanislavski Theatre Art (Sonia Moore) 1979-1981 
Box Folder  
11 1 Budget Papers 1979-1980 
  2 Canada Council - Correspondence 1979-1980 
  3 Canadian Actors Equity Association (Correspondence) 1979-1980 
  4 Correspondence, Incoming 1979-1980 
  5 Correspondence, Outgoing 1979-1980 
  6 Donations, Corporate 1979-1980 
  7 Donations, Individual (Samples) 1979-1980 
  8 Donations, Pending 1979-1980 
  9 Equipment, Theatrical 1979-1980 
  10 Mailing Lists 1979-1980 
  11 Manitoba Arts Council (Grants Completed) 1979-1980 
  12 Manitoba Association of Playwrights 1979-1980 
  13 Miscellaneous Documents & Correspondence 1979-1980 
  14 Press Clippings 1979-1980 
  15 Press Releases 1979-1980 
  16 Professional Association of Canadian Theatres 1979-1980 
  17 Promotion in the Schools 1979-1980 
  18 Publicity Letters 1979-1980 
  19 Publicity Reports & Clipping Sheet 1979 
  20 Publicity - Season Ticket Campaign 1979-1980 
  21 School - Brochure & Publicity 1979-1980 
  22 School - Final & Interim Reports 1979-1980 
  23 Shows & Cabarets 1979-1980 
  24 Summer Work Project 1980 
  25 Theatre in Education 1979-1980 
  26 Theatrical Season 1979-1980 
  27 "Young Company," 1979-1980 
1979-80 Shows
Box Folder  
11 28 "A Place to Call Home," Oct. 1979 
  29 "Story Bag II," Nov. 1979 
  30 "Idiot Strings," Dec. 1979 
Box Folder  
12 1 "From Us to You," Jan. 1980 
  2 "Merrytime Clown and Puppet Company," Feb. 1980 
  3 "Nonsensical Senses," Feb. 1980 
  4 "Raffi," April 1980 
  5 "Spring Thaw," April 1980 
  6 "The Great Oompah Machine," April 1980 
1980 Manitoba Drama Festivals
Box Folder  
12 7 Resource Trip Information Feb. - May 1980 
  8 General Records 
  9 General Correspondence & Press Releases 
  10 Evaluation Forms 
1980-1981 
Box Folder  
12 11 Annual Report Materials 1980-1981 
  12 Arts Telethon 1980-1981 
  13 Budget Material 1980-1981 
  14 C.A.P.A.C. (Composers, Authors & Publishers Association of Canada Ltd.) 1980-1981 
  15 Canada Council - Correspondence 1980-1981 
  16 Canadian Actors Equity Association - Contracts 1980-1981 
  17 Canadian Actors Equity Association - Correspondence 1980-1981 
  18 Canadian Conference on the Arts 1980-1981 
  19 Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - Mortgage 1981 
Box Folder  
13 1 Community Theatre Festival 1981 
  2 Contracts Re Use of Theatre 1980-1981 
  3 Correspondence, Incoming 1980-1981 
  4 Correspondence, Outgoing 1980-1981 
  5 Correspondence, MTW School 1980-1981 
  6 Donations - Thank You Letters (Samples) 1980-1981 
  7 Donations - Furniture 1980-1981 
  8 Future Programs 1980-1981 
  9 Grants Received 1980-1981 
  10 Health Sciences Center Project 1981 
  11 Manitoba Arts Council - Artists in the Schools 1980-1981 
  12 Manitoba Arts Council (Grants Applied For) 1980 
  13 Manitoba Arts Council (Grants) 1980-1981 
  14 Manitoba Arts Council (Correspondence) 1980-1981 
  15 Manitoba Dept. of Cultural Affairs 1980-1981 
  16 Office Records 1980-1981 
  17 Press Releases 1980-1981 
  18 Professional Association of Canadian Theatres 1980-1981 
  19 Puppet Tree Company 1980-1981 
  20 Quinn, Deborah - Correspondence 1980-1981 
  21 Resource Requests - Community & Schools 1980-1981 
  22 S.A.G. Conference Drama Workshop, Oct. 1980 
  23 School Programmes 1980-1981 
  24 Season (General) 1980-1981 
  25 Theatre for the Deaf Program 1980 
  26 Theatrical Season 1980-1981
  27 Touring Companies 1980-1981 
  28 Winnipeg Foundation 1980-1981 
1980-81 Shows
 
Box Folder  
14 1 Saturday Night , Oct. 1980 
  2 Prairie Voices , Dec. 1980 
  3 "The White Raven," (Theatre Sans Fil) Dec. 1980 
  4 "Keys," (Fred Penner & Sundance) Nov. 1980 
  5 "Dr. Glow's Illustrated History of Prestidigitation," Jan. 1981 
  6 MTW Young Company, "When the Honeymoon Is Over" (Jan. 1981) & "Superwheel" (March 1981) 
  7 Clowns," (Kaleidoscope Theatre) Feb. - March 1981 
  8 "It's About Time," Feb. 1981 
  9 "It's About Time," Letters from Grade 1 Class at John Pritchard School 
  10 "About Free Lands," (Kaleidoscope Theatre) March 1981 
  11 "Working Together," April - May 1981 
  12 "Working Together," Early Draft 
  13 Raffi Concert, May 1981 
1981 Drama Festivals
Box Folder  
14 14 Director's Workshop 1980 
  15 Manitoba Schools Drama Festival - Contracts 1981 
  16 Manitoba Drama Festivals - Correspondence & Contracts 1981 
  17 Manitoba School Drama Festival - Misc. Records 1981 
Box Folder  
15 1 Manitoba Schools Drama Festival - Entry Forms 1981 
  2 Manitoba Drama Festival - General Correspondence 1980-1981 
  3 Manitoba Drama Festival - Report with Appendixes 1980-1981 
  4 Manitoba School Drama Festival - Evaluation Forms 1981 
  5 Manitoba Community Theatre Festival - Evaluation Forms 1981 
  6 Manitoba Drama Festivals - Financial Records 1980-1981 
1981-1982
Box Folder  
15 7 A.A.R.C. 1981 
  8 Actors Theatre of Louisville 1981 
  9 Artists in the Schools Program 1981-1982 
  10 ASSITEJ 1981-1982 
  11 Banff Centre for the Arts 1981-1982 
  12 Booking Contracts (Samples) 1981-1982
  13 Budget 1981-1982
  14 Building 1981-1982 
  15 Canada Council 1981-1982 
  16 Canada Council - Grants Applied For 1981-1982 
  17 Canadian Actors Equity Association 1981-1982 
  18 Canadian Child and Youth Drama Association 1981-1982 
  19 Canadian Conference of the Arts 1981-1982 
Box Folder  
16 1 Casino 1982 
  2

Change of Name Notice (Prairie Theatre Exchange), Sep. 1981

(Sample)

  3 City of Winnipeg 1981-1982 
  4 "Classified One-Act Play Bibliography," PTE Publication 1981 
  5 Correspondence, Incoming 1981-1982 
  6 Correspondence, Outgoing 1981-1982 
  7 Council for Business and the Arts in Canada 1981-1982 
  8 Department of Cultural Affairs and Historical Resources 1981-1982 
  9 Donations - Correspondence, Etc. 1981-1982 
  10 Donations - Clothes, Furniture, Etc. - Thank You Letters 1981-1982 
  11 F.A.C.E. 1981-1982 
  12 Fact Sheet (Comments, Statements, Etc. on PTE), 1981-1982 
  13 Fees, Licenses, Etc. (Re PTE) 1981-1982 
  14 Fundraising 1981-1982 
  15 Fundraising - Coded Letters 1981-1982 
  16 Fundraising Letters, Corporate (Samples) 1981-1982 
  17 Fundraising Letters, Individual (Samples) 1981-1982 
  18 Fundraising Thank You Letters 1981-1982 
  19 Government of Canada - Special Program of Cultural Initiatives 1981-1982 
  20 Interact 1981-1982 
  21 Kiwanis Centre of the Deaf 1981-1982 
  22 Magnus Theatre Co. Northwest Inc. 1981-1982 
  23 Manitoba Arts Alliance 1981-1982 
  24 Manitoba Arts Council - General Correspondence 1981-1982 
  25 Manitoba Arts Council - Grants 1981-1982 
  26 Manitoba Arts Council - Other Programs 1981-1982 
  27 Manitoba Cultural Centre 1981-1982 
Box Folder  
17 1 Manitoba Drama Festivals 1981-1982 
  2 Manitoba Lotteries Commission 1981-1982 
  3 Manitoba School for the Deaf Mime Program 1981-1982 
  4 Manitoba School for the Deaf Mime Program - Handouts & Evaluations 
  5 Manitoba Theatre Centre 1981-1982 
  6 Manpower & Immigration 1981-1982 
  7 PACT 1981-1982 
  8 Playwrights Canada 1981-1982 
  9 Playwrights Development Programme 1981-1982 
  10 Press Releases 1981-1982 
  11 Project - Phase II 1981-1982 
  12 Revenue Canada Taxation 1981-1982 
  13 "St. Peter's Asylum," (M.A.P. Play Development) 1982 
  14 School - Letters, Notices, Etc. 1981-1982 
  15 Season - General 1981-1982 
  16 Season - Misc. Correspondence 1981-1982 
  17 Staff - List, Notices, Etc. 1981-1982 
  18 Summer Programs 1981-1982 
  19 Theatre Alliance 1981-1982 
  20 Theatre Properties 1981-1982 
  21 Theatre Sans Fil 1981-1982 
  22 TV Proposal 1981-1982 
  23 Volunteers (Thank You Letters, Names, Etc.) 1981-1982 
  24 Winnipeg Foundation 1981-1982 
  25 Winnipeg School Division #1 1981-1982 
1981-82 Shows
Box Folder  
17 26 "Can You Hear Me," School Tour, Sep. 1981 
  27 "The Women of Margaret Laurence," Nov. 1981 
  28 "The Women of Margaret Laurence," - Promotion 
Box Folder  
18 1 "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe," Nov. - Dec. 1981 
  2 "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe," Promotion & Comps List 
  3 "The Snow Queen," Dec. 1981 
  4 "The Snow Queen," Promotion 
  5 "You Are What You Eat," Jan. 1982 
  6 "You Are What You Eat," School Shows, Jan. - Feb. 1982 
  7 "You Are What You Eat," Promotion & Evaluations 
  8 "Flat Out," Feb. 1982 
  9 "Flat Out," Junior League Bookings 
  10 "Flat Out," Promotions & Evaluations 
  11 "The Unicorns," (Kaleidoscope Theatre) March 1982 
  12 "The Unicorns," Promotion 
  13 "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe" Tour, March-April 1982 
  14 "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe" Tour, Promotion 
  15 "The Promised Land," April 1982 
  16 "The Promised Land," Promotion 
  17 Raffi Concert, June 1982 
  18 Raffi Concert, Promotion 
1982-1983
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19 1 Associated Manitoba Arts Festivals 1982-1983 
  2 Lease Between PTE & Dance One Sixty 1982 
  3 PTE School - Advertising 1982-1983 

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Cumulative and Miscellaneous Files 
Box Folder  
19 4 CKY - "Let's Go" Scripts 
  5 Civic Charities Endorsement Bureau 1974-1977 
  6 Classroom Arts Program (Kevin Burns & Liz Koffman) 1973-1975 
  7 Confidential Exchange - Biographical Write-ups [ca. 1976] 
  8 Correspondence - Other Theatre Schools 1975-1977 
  9 Fundraising 1973-1980 
  10 Invitation Lists 1974-1976 
  11 Lease of 160 Princess Street 1974-1976 
  12 Mailing Lists for Shows 1975-1978 
  13 Manitoba Puppet Theatre - Press Kit Material 
  14 MTW - Assorted Promotional Material 
  15 MTW - Letters Patent 1972 
  16 Philosophy of the Theatre Workshop 
  17 Watkins, Brian (Use of Arts in Schools Programme) 1973-1975 
  18 Winnipeg Fencing Centre (Renters) 1978-1981 

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Scripts 

(Most files include production notes, schedules, reviews and programs)

Box Folder  
20 1 "The Snow Queen," Dec. 1981 
  2 "Flat Out," Feb. 1982 
  3 "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe," (Part I), March 1982 
  4 "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe," (Part II), March 1982 
  5 "The Ecstasy of Rita Joe," (Tour Script), March 1982 
Box Folder  
21 1 "Beauty and the Beast," Dec. 1982 
  2 "Drift," 1983 
  3 "St. Peter's Asylum," March 1983 
  4 "Straight Ahead/Blind Dancers," April 1983 
Box Folder  
22 1 "Sunday Night Tiger Stories," April 1983 
  2 "After Baba's Funeral/Sweet & Sour Pickles," Oct. 1984 
  3 "Section 23," (First Edition - English & French Scripts) 1985 
  4 "The Fighting Days," (Part I) 1985 
  5 "The Fighting Days," (Part II) 1985 
  6 "The Fighting Days," Prompt Script and Cue Sheets, Original Production 
Box Folder  
23 1 "On Your Marks," 1988 
  2 "A Prairie Boy's Winter," 1989-1990 

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Photograph Collection (PC 133) 

Note to Researchers: Additional photos can be found in the Winnipeg Tribune Photo Collection, PC 18, Box 51, File #4511.

Confidential Exchange
Box Folder  
1 1-5 Scenes from "Gabe," Feb. 1976 
Box Folder  
2 6-10 Scenes from "A Visitor from Charleston, May 1976 
Box Folder  
3 11-15 Scenes from unidentified performance 
Personalities
Box  
4 Christopher Covert, actor 
  Katia da Pena, actress 
  Carol Matas, actress 
  Jan Muszynski, actor 
  Deborah Baer Quinn, artistic director 
Miscellaneous
Box Folder  
4 23-24 Presentation of season ticket to contest winner, Oct. '79 (includes negative) 

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Tape Collection (TC 85) 
MTW Local Initiatives Project Application Tape - footage of senior drama class [ca. 1973-74] 
"The National Cake," performed by MTW students, 1973-1974 
"The Square Peg," raw footage of filmed play by MTW Students, directed by Deborah Quinn, [ca.1975-1978] 

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