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FT-254429-17

Kate J. Bredeson
Reed College (Portland, OR 97202-8199)

An Edition of The Diaries of American Actress, Writer, and Director Judith Malina, 1947-2015

Research and digital preservation of documents leading to the publication of a scholarly edition of the diaries and papers of Judith Malina (1926-2015), co-founder and director of The Living Theater.

My book is an edited collection of Living Theatre co-founder and director Judith Malina’s diaries, accompanied by my critical introduction that situates Malina in theater history. This book provides an in depth historical account of Malina’s over sixty years as a director, performer, manager, radical activist, and woman. Because it is the aspect of her life least touched by scholars, my book focuses on revealing Malina’s work as a director—her approach with her actors, artistic vision, and rehearsal techniques. While two versions (1947-57 and 1968-69) of Malina’s diaries have been published to great acclaim, the rest of her papers remain unpublished. In her writings, Malina’s wit, passion, and vivacious observations about her life’s work and her political and social milieux are made abundantly clear. This book appeals to theater scholars, artists, students, and cultural historians. I apply for NEH support to work with the 2008-2015 diaries, which are in a storage locker in NYC.

Project fields:
Theater History and Criticism

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2017 – 8/31/2017