Survey: ACME Theatre

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
transient organization, chiefly for performance but with a visual art component
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
$0 - $50,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Transient Organization for Performance
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
ACME Theatre’’s mission was the creation and performance of original work for presentation in theaters, clubs, on the street and in galleries. The company worked from scripts authored by company members, developed plays and performance art pieces through ensemble process, and performed improvisationally. ACME Theatre’’s administrative structure was non-hierarchical and decision-making processes were consensus-based.
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
In 1979 the Atlanta Shakespeare Association staged _A Winter’’s Tale_. Many of the cast had worked together previously on other ASA productions. A number had been working together in acting class. A large warehouse space became available and a company of four people signed a lease to rent the space to be a working theater with living space. The company maintained a home base there for about 3 years, then became itinerant. The company continued producing until about 1992. 1. Publishing of _The ACME Theatre Very Great Poets’ Series Anthology Vol. II)_ by Nexus Press in 1987 2. Staging of _The Existentialists_ by Jim Grinsley, his first script. 3. Staging of "Yellow Cake" by Madeleine St. Romain as part of a compendium show _Yellow Cake and Other Just Desserts_ at Actors Express Theater in Atlanta 4. Produced _1895_ in 1984, a weekly anthology of satire, rock ’n’ roll, original plays, and performance art events. Guests included Guadalcanal Diary, Swimming Pool Qs, and St. EOM (folk artist Eddie O. Martin).
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
1980 - _Lucky Day_. An environmentally-staged, company developed play 1981 - _The Existentialists_. A drama by Jim Grimsley; show of visual works ran concurrently in the lobby 1984 - _1985_ company-developed and scripted anthology show that changed weekly comprising satire, improvisation, music, performance art, and guest performances 1985 - _Chatty Kathys from Hell_ company-developed and scripted anthology show presented at Nexus Contemporary Art Center 1982-1984 - produced multiple and varied performance arts works in "Next Wave Wednesdays" at 688 Club in Atlanta 1985 - Performed "Paleolithic Rhythms" as part of Alternate ROOTS festival. 1985, 1986, 1987 - Performance in _Tomorrow/Today_, a group show produced by Ian McColl that brought together various avant-garde performers and groups in Atlanta for one or two performances. 1987 - Performed "Briar Rose" as part of Alternate ROOTS festival 1988 - Performed _Sugar Plum Bobs_ company-developed and scripted anthology show 1990 - Produced _Yellow Cake and Other Just Desserts_ at Actors Express Theater in Atlanta
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Jim Grimsley
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Priscilla Smith
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Madeleine St. Romain
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Greg Carraway
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Collective / Unincorporated Association
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Fiscal Need
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
With former company members
Part 9.
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
If the archive is gathered, access would be given to all interested individuals.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Artist Files
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Unique Art Objects
Other Artwork. Please describe below.
scripts, costumes, set pieces
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials - Please describe below.
videotape of PSAs
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Not Applicable
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
I don’t know
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
1 - 10
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
I can’t access the material to determine this
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Not Applicable
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Not Applicable
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
We do not have any electronic files
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
We are not currently processing new material
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Not Applicable
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Some heating / air conditioning / humidity controls on demand or sporadically
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
gather them
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Part 23.
23e. Not Applicable: 
Not Applicable
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
24e. Not Applicable: 
Not Applicable
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
It would be great simply to gather all the materials currently in private hands and put them in one place.
Priscilla Smith
Who executed this survey.: 
Priscilla Smith
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: