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Gregory Mosher papers, 1938-2002, bulk 1967-2002

Summary Information

Abstract

Gregory Mosher is an American theater director and producer. He led the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and later was asked to head the theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. Mosher was at Lincoln Center from 1985-1992. While there, he launched an innovative production schedule and implemented a new marketing scheme that replaced the traditional subscriber arrangement. Under Mosher, the theater flourished. He eventually left Lincoln Center and went on to lead the Arts Initiative at Columbia University. Currently, Mosher is a professor at Columbia's School of Arts. The collection consists of production files and correspondence from Mosher's time at the Goodman Theatre and Lincoln Center as well as for productions later in his career. In addition, there are plays as well as notebooks, appointment books, and videocassettes.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1527
Bib ID 7680689 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Mosher, Gregory
Title Gregory Mosher papers, 1938-2002, bulk 1967-2002
Physical Description 26 linear feet (26 linear feet 26 record cartons)
Language(s) English
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

Material is arranged into seven Series: Series I: Correspondence, 1967-2002; Series II: General Files, 1971-2001; Series III: Plays, 1938-2001; Series IV: Appointment Books, 1974-1997; Series V: Notebooks, 1970-1997; Series VI: Telephone Message Books, undated; Series VII: Audio Visual Material, 1972-2000

Description

Summary

The collection consists of files related to Gregory Mosher's tenure at both the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. The files consists of business material related to productions that Mosher either directed or produced, which consist of casting ideas, correspondence, clippings and reviews, and publicity materials. The collection also consists of plays, appointment books, notebooks, telephone message books, and video cassettes.

  • Series I: Correspondence

    Series I: Correspondence consists of both professional and personal correspondence received by Gregory Mosher. For the most part, the correspondence relates to Mosher's professional career as director of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. However, there is some earlier correspondence as well as correspondence related to work Mosher engaged in following his time at Lincoln Center, for instance, his work with the Circle in the Square Theatre.

  • Series II: General Files

    Series II: General Files makes up the most substantial portion of the collection. It consists of production files for several plays produced or directed by Mosher. These include: Anything Goes, The Dead, Freak, and Stanley. There are general files from Mosher's time at the Goodman Theatre, the theater at Lincoln Center, and Circle in the Square Theatre. Included in this series as well are files related to individuals, notably Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, and John V. Lindsay. Files consist of casting ideas, clippings and reviews, correspondence, notes, and production material.

  • Series III: Plays

    Series III: Plays consists of play scripts. A substantial portion of the plays in this series were written by John Guare, Arthur Miller, and Richard Nelson. While there are a few first drafts, the majority of the plays are final versions.

  • Series IV: Appointment Books

    Series IV: Appointment Books contains Gregory Mosher's appointment books from 1974-1997. The books are handwritten and occasionally contain additional pieces of paper and loose notes.

  • Series V: Notebooks

    Series V: Notebooks contains notebooks from 1970 to 1997, also books on particular productions. The notebooks contain handwritten notes that are generally hard to decipher.

  • Series VI: Telephone Message Books

    Series VI: Telephone Message Books consists of roughly 20 message books of telephone calls received by Gregory Mosher and/or his assistant. The books are undated.

  • Series VII: Audio Visual Material

    Series VII: Audio Visual Material consists almost entirely of videocassettes. A majority of the video is labeled. There is a mix of whole production length recordings of plays to news coverage related to productions. Additionally, there are two CDs and one audiocassette recording of Mosher's production of The Dead.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least 2 business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Gregory Mosher Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Adrien Hilton November 2012.

Finding Aid written Adrien Hilton January 2013.

Revision Description

2013-01-10 xml document instance created by Adrien Hilton

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plays (document genre) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dramatists, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Goodman Theatre (Chicago, Ill.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leguizamo, John Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lincoln Center Theater (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mamet, David Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mosher, Gregory Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nelson, Richard, 1950- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Playwriting Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theater -- Production and direction Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Gregory Mosher is an influential figure in American and international theater. He was born in New York City in 1949 and attended Ithaca College and the Juilliard School. After graduation, Mosher moved to Chicago and became an assistant to William Woodman, head of the Goodman Theatre. Mosher stayed at the Goodman for seven seasons. Following his tenure in Chicago, Mosher was invited by former NYC mayor, John V. Lindsay to head the theater at Lincoln Center. Mosher accepted the position. He began to rework the organization of the theater. Mosher launched an innovative production schedule and implemented a new marketing scheme that replaced the traditional subscriber arrangement. Under Mosher, the theater flourished. He eventually left Lincoln Center and went on to lead the Arts Initiative at Columbia University. Currently, Mosher is a professor at Columbia's School of Arts.