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Robert C. Schnitzer and Marcella Cisney papers

Title
Robert C. Schnitzer and Marcella Cisney papers, circa 1890-1989.
Author
Schnitzer, Robert C.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 1Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 2Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 3Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 3Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 4Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 4Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 5Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 5Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 6Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 6Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 7Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 7Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 8Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 8Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 9Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 9Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 10Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 10Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 11Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 11Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 12Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 12Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 13Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 13Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 14Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 14Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 15Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 15Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 16Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 16Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 17Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 17Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 18Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 18Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 19Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 19Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre
Box 20Mixed materialSupervised use *T-Mss 1999-028 Box 20Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre

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Description
19.25 lf (43 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Papers.
  • Correspondence.
  • Programs.
  • Scripts.
  • Photographs.
  • Clippings.
  • Memorandums.
  • Printed ephemera.
Access (note)
  • Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Source (note)
  • Schnitzer, Robert C.
Biography (note)
  • Robert C. Schnitzer and Marcella Cisney were producers, actors, administrators and educators who individually, and sometimes in collaboration, spent their entire working lives in the theater.
  • Marcella Cisney (1913-1989) was born in Pennsylvania, and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. From 1946 to 1948 she was a faculty member and director at the Pasadena Playhouse. From there she went to the Warner Brothers studio, where she trained contract players, then to CBS-TV (1950-1954), where she directed a variety of early television programs. In 1961 she directed the Theatre Guild American Repertory Company production of THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH. In the 1960s Cisney worked with her husband, Robert C. Schnitzer, to develop the University of Michigan's Professional Theatre Program. They brought a number of visiting artists to the Ann Arbor campus, including the Association of Producing Artists, the American Conservatory Theatre, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and the Phoenix Theatre. Cisney directed a number of productions as part of the New Plays Project, including AN EVENING'S FROST by Donald Hall, AMAZING GRACE by Studs Terkel, THE CASTLE by Ivan Klima, and THE CONJUROR by Evan Hunter. In later years, Cisney and Schnitzer moved to Connecticut, where Cisney organized seminars and staged play readings.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
*T-Mss 1999-028
OCLC
NYPW02-A274
Author
Schnitzer, Robert C.
Title
Robert C. Schnitzer and Marcella Cisney papers, circa 1890-1989.
Summary
The Robert C. Schnitzer and Marcella Cisney papers document the career of this couple who, working individually and at times in collaboration, devoted their entire careers to the theater. The collection consists of correspondence, notes, programs, scripts, photographs, memos, clippings, and ephemera documenting Schnitzer's and Cisney's work at various theaters, universities, and organizations. The majority of the files are not separated between Cisney and Schnitzer, but some files pertain exclusively to one or the other. The ANTA files reflect Schnitzer's work, while the CBS files document Cisney's work. Correspondence, which is found in most of the series, reflects the scope of the couple's work in the theater, and includes letters from Helen Hayes, June Havoc, Thornton Wilder, Jerome Robbins, Alice Childress, Will Geer, Cathleen Nesbitt, and Ellis Rabb. The photographs are in a separate series, but are organized in files that reflect the manuscript portion of the collection. There is also some material related to Schnitzer and Cisney's respective family backgrounds, albeit more about Cisney than Schnitzer.
Restricted Access
Collection is open to the public. Library policy on photography and photocopying will apply. Advance notice may be required.
Biography
Robert C. Schnitzer and Marcella Cisney were producers, actors, administrators and educators who individually, and sometimes in collaboration, spent their entire working lives in the theater. Robert C. Schnitzer was born in New York in 1906. As a young man he became involved in the Federal Theatre Project, eventually rising to the position of Deputy National Director. He also served as Drama instructor on the faculties of Vassar, Smith, Columbia and the University of Michigan. Over the years Schnitzer acted in a managerial capacity for a variety of producers and institutions, including Cheryl Crawford, Gilbert Miller, Erwin Piscator's Dramatic Workshop, the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, and the Martha Graham Dance School. As general manager for the international exchange program of ANTA (American National Theatre and Academy) during the 1950s, Schnitzer was responsible for sending over one hundred artists overseas. In 1961 he managed the European and South American tours of the Theatre Guild American Repertory Company. Starting in the 1960s, Schnitzer worked on the development of the University of Michigan's Professional Theatre program in collaboration with his wife, Marcella Cisney, whom he had married in 1953. The couple later moved to Connecticut, where they worked with the Westport Weston Arts Council.
Marcella Cisney (1913-1989) was born in Pennsylvania, and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. From 1946 to 1948 she was a faculty member and director at the Pasadena Playhouse. From there she went to the Warner Brothers studio, where she trained contract players, then to CBS-TV (1950-1954), where she directed a variety of early television programs. In 1961 she directed the Theatre Guild American Repertory Company production of THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH. In the 1960s Cisney worked with her husband, Robert C. Schnitzer, to develop the University of Michigan's Professional Theatre Program. They brought a number of visiting artists to the Ann Arbor campus, including the Association of Producing Artists, the American Conservatory Theatre, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and the Phoenix Theatre. Cisney directed a number of productions as part of the New Plays Project, including AN EVENING'S FROST by Donald Hall, AMAZING GRACE by Studs Terkel, THE CASTLE by Ivan Klima, and THE CONJUROR by Evan Hunter. In later years, Cisney and Schnitzer moved to Connecticut, where Cisney organized seminars and staged play readings.
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Cisney, Marcella.
Hayes, Helen, 1900-1993.
Havoc, June.
Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975.
Flanagan, Hallie, 1890-1969.
Robbins, Jerome.
Terkel, Studs, 1912-2008.
Childress, Alice.
Geer, Will.
Rabb, Ellis, 1930-1998.
Hall, Donald, 1878-1948.
Nesbitt, Cathleen, 1888-1982.
Cisney, Michael.
Abels, Moses J. S.
Miller, Gilbert.
University of Michigan Professional Theatre Program.
ANTA (Organization)
Theatre Guild.
Association of Producing Artists.
American Educational Theatre Association.
National Theatre Conference.
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.). Dramatic Workshop.
Research Call Number
*T-Mss 1999-028
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