Atlanta theater documented in new collections

July 9, 2014 – 12:03 PM


— Python costume sketch for Ananse, the African Spiderman, Alliance Theatre, 1999

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce two newly opened collections documenting theater in Atlanta from the 1960s until 2001:

Ted Maloof photographs of Academy Theater productions, ms 3806

The Academy Theatre, one of the oldest professional theaters in Georgia, and Southeastern Academy of Theatre and Music were created by Frank Wittow in 1956. The Southeastern Academy offered acting classes, labs, children’s programs, and a film series. Wittow served as the artistic director of the Academy Theatre until his death in 2006. The Theatre premiered the first Southeastern Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 1961. Ted and Gloria Maloof met at the Academy Theatre in 1956 and married in 1959. Gloria Maloof attended the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia and was an active member of the Atlanta Radio Theatre and Atlanta Civic Theatre. After joining the Academy Theatre, Gloria Maloof became a member of the Academy’s four-person acting ensemble.

This collection includes 200 photographs, taken by Ted Maloof, of twenty-two plays performed in Atlanta primarily between 1960 and 1962. Nineteen of the plays were produced by the Academy Theatre (1960-1962), “The Boyfriend” at Spelman College (1962), “Oh Dad, Poor Dad” at the Pocket Theater (1964), and a production of “Seascape” by the Rocket Theater (1986).


Judith Winograd costume design collection, ms 3839

A longtime resident of the Atlanta area, Judith Winograd designed and created costumes for dozens of productions across Georgia between 1969 and the early 2000s. Winograd worked on a wide range of productions, varying from children’s theater to opera, including designing for the Academy Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Kelly’s Seed & Feed, Theater Emory, and Atlanta Opera Studio. She served as an in-house designer, and later executive director, of Production Values, Inc., a nonprofit theater costumer that catered to the performing arts nonprofits, from its founding in 1984 until 1995. In addition to her work in theater costuming, Winograd created commissioned apparel under the company name J. Dragon-Atlanta.

The collection primarily consists of costume designs and sketches, fabric samples, and photographs of costumes from a wide variety of productions. Also included are Winograd’s contracts and commercial business records, files related to Production Values, Inc., and a small amount of early sketches and fashion drawings.


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