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Frank Silvera Writers Workshop photograph collection [graphic].

Title
Frank Silvera Writers Workshop photograph collection [graphic].
Author
Frank Silvera Writers Workshop.
Publication
[197?]-[198?]

Details

Additional Authors
Found In
c2ac Frank Silvera Writers Workshop. Frank Silvera Writers Workshop records, 1973-1992 (CStRLIN)NYPW89-A93
Description
  • 110 slides : col.; 13 x 18 cm. and smaller.
  • 12 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 13 negatives : b&w ;
  • 130 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 17 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 2 contact sheets : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 2 photographic prints : col. ;
  • 325 items (.5 lin. ft., 1 box)
  • 36 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 5 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
Donor/Sponsor
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Alternative Title
  • An evening with Josephine Baker.
  • City sonata for two women.
  • Fried chicken and invisibility.
  • Jesse Owens and the games: "Jesse Owens, Olympia."
  • Medea and the doll.
  • The Blacks.
  • The forever clause.
  • Toussaint, Angel-Warrior of Haiti.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Contact sheets – 1970-1989.
  • Dye coupler prints.
  • Gelatin silver film negatives – 1970-1989.
  • Gelatin silver prints – 1970-1989.
  • Group portraits – 1970-1989.
  • Portrait photographs – 1970-1989.
  • Publicity photographs – 1970-1989.
  • Slides – 1970-1989.
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Many photographs bear photographer's printed address label or handstamp on verso; some contact sheets have photographer's name and address printed on recto. Some photographic prints have printed captions on recto and/or handwritten captions on verso. Some portraits have actors' resumes attached.
  • Photographers include Bert Andrews, Sonny Bak, A. Marcus and others.
Terms of Use (note)
  • Restricted: Permission of the copyright holder is required for duplication; no photocopying of color prints.
Biography (note)
  • Founded in 1973, the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop (FSWW), named after the late actor/director Frank Silvera, was co-founded by playwright/director Garland Lee Thompson, actor Morgan Freeman, actress/director Billie Allen and journalist Clayton Riley.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of: Frank Silvera Writers Workshop records, 1973-1992.
Call Number
Sc Photo Frank Silvera Writers Workshop Collection
Author
Frank Silvera Writers Workshop.
Title
Frank Silvera Writers Workshop photograph collection [graphic].
Imprint
[197?]-[198?]
Summary
The Frank Silvera Writers Workshop (FSWW) Photograph Collection depicts some of the Workshop's activities from 1973 to the 1980s. The collection consists of individual and group portraits of actors, playwrights, and producers; scenes from theatrical productions; documentation of some of its workshops; and an award ceremony. The collection does not depict the majority of the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop's productions nor its activities in general.
The Portrait series, comprising most of the collection, consists mainly of publicity photographs, some with attached resumes of actors who may have appeared in or auditioned for FSWW productions including Rony Clanton, Antonio Fargas and Josephine Premise. Also included are portraits of FSWW co-founder Garland Lee Thompson, playwright A. Marcus Hemphill and National Black Touring Circuit, Inc. producers Woodie King, Jr., Gloria Mitchell and Shauneille Perry.
The Production series contains scenes from theatrical productions, some of which are unidentified. The series consists of mostly contact sheets but also includes some photographs, slides and negatives. Among the plays represented are "Jesse and the Games: 'Jesse Owens, Olympiad'" and "An Evening with Josephine Baker." Also included are views of a special performance of "Toussaint, Angel-Warrior of Haiti" and post-show discussion attended by school children (1985).
The Workshops and Events series documents two workshops, an Artistic Technical Assistance Collective (ATAC) workshop showing preparations for the production of "The Incarnation of The Reverend Goode Blaque Dresse," and a Readers/Writers workshop held in Richmond, Virginia. (1982). Also included are shots of FSWW co-founder Garland Lee Thompson, possibly with cast members and others, after receiving the 1981 Audelco award for Best Musical for the FSWW production of "Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues."
Terms Of Use
Restricted: Permission of the copyright holder is required for duplication; no photocopying of color prints.
Biography
Founded in 1973, the Frank Silvera Writers Workshop (FSWW), named after the late actor/director Frank Silvera, was co-founded by playwright/director Garland Lee Thompson, actor Morgan Freeman, actress/director Billie Allen and journalist Clayton Riley. The Workshop was originally established as a developmental theater program for playwrights of African descent and other writers of color to have their works read, critiqued and produced. It later expanded its role to include directorial, technical and stage craft training.
The FSWW instituted various programs to achieve its goals including the Reading/Critique series in which new plays were read, rehearsed and critiqued; the Writers/Directors Series of Staged Projects where directorial skills were developed through the staging of plays; the Artistic Technical Assistance Collective (ATAC) which provided training in technical and stage craft skills; the Larry Neal Memorial Playwriting Seminar Series which were led by established playwrights who discussed both the creative and commercial aspects of playwriting; and the Open House Series which consisted of orientations and open houses for the general public.
In 1998, after 22 years, FSWW lost its performing space at West 125th Street in Harlem and is presently seeking another permanent location. As of January 2000, the FSWW, re-named The Frank Silvera Writers' Workshop Foundation, Inc., continues to offer its Larry Neal Memorial Playwriting Seminar Series, re-named the Larry Neal Memorial Writers' Series and its Reading/Critique Series. The Reading/Critique Series is held at 473 West 150th St. in the new space of the Harlem Theatre Company. FSWW's administrative office is currently located at St. Nicholas and West 147th Street.
Linking Entry
Forms part of: Frank Silvera Writers Workshop records, 1973-1992.
Local Note
Sc MG 64
Local Subject
Black arts movement.
Added Author
Andrews, Bert. Photographer
Bak, Sonny. Photographer
Ballinger, William L. Photographer
Cotton, Ben. Photographer
Giraldi, Frank. Photographer
Marcus, A. Photographer
Ramsey, Dan. Photographer
Added Title
The Blacks.
City sonata for two women.
An evening with Josephine Baker.
The forever clause.
Fried chicken and invisibility.
Jesse Owens and the games: "Jesse Owens, Olympia."
Medea and the doll.
Toussaint, Angel-Warrior of Haiti.
Schomburg NEH Blacks on Stage: African-American Theater Arts Collections Project.
Found In:
c2ac Frank Silvera Writers Workshop. Frank Silvera Writers Workshop records, 1973-1992 (CStRLIN)NYPW89-A93
Research Call Number
Sc Photo Frank Silvera Writers Workshop Collection
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