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About the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive


Third Floor

Phone: (212) 870-1642

Fully accessible to wheelchairs

Researchers must call (212) 870-1642 to make a viewing appointment. TOFT will accept email requests for appointments from researchers outside of the U.S. email:

Important Change to Services

Starting April 1, 2014, TOFT recordings on the ¾” U-matic videotape format will be temporarily unavailable until transferred to DVD. This format was in standard use for many years, and a significant number of these older recordings have already been digitized and transferred to DVD, but many still require digitization. We realize the inconvenience to our researchers, and apologize for this necessary action to preserve our collection. Please know that we will be working to restore access to these titles over the next year. You may call our screening room at (212) 870-1642 for updates on specific titles, or with any questions; or email us at

History of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive

Since 1970, the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT) has preserved live theatrical productions and documented the creative contributions of distinguished artists and legendary figures of the theatre. With the consent and cooperation of the theatrical unions and each production's artistic collaborators, TOFT produces video recordings of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions as well as dialogues between notable theatre personalities.

These recordings have revolutionized theatre research, ensuring that today's performances will be tomorrow's legacy, available to future generations for study and inspiration. Endowed, in part, by producer Lucille Lortel, TOFT is housed in a state-of-the-art screening room named in her honor. Titles in the collection may be found in the Library's online catalog or by emailing or telephoning TOFT. The Archive is available to theatre professionals, students, or researchers with work or study-related reasons for viewing. Advance appointments are strongly recommended for viewing. Please call (212) 870-1642.

Limited Walk-ins
Due to class screenings, we will at times be unable to take walk-in appointments. Please call our screening room in advance to confirm availability: (212) 870-1642.