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The predominance of the material in this collection are black & white photographs and photographic negatives of rehearsals and publicity stills for a small number of productions from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Many of the images are unmarked and undated. There is a representative collection of Playhouse production posters from the early 1960s though the late 1980s, the earliest of which is Macbeth, April 1964, and the latest is The Day They Shot John Lennon, April 1989. There is a select set of program flyers, most of which are for 1980 productions, that includes the program for the first Playhouse production of The Glass Menagerie in April 1963. There are also bookkeeping records for three seasons (1978 –1981).


The Fairfield University Playhouse was established in 1963 under the art direction of Robert G. Emerich as a theater for both the University and the local community. The first Playhouse production in April 1963 was The Glass Menagerie. In the early 1960s, Professor Emerich, who was director of the Drama Department, and the University constructed the theater on campus by converting a former garage located on the Round Hill Road side of the campus. From 1963 through 1983, the Playhouse presented more than 100 productions, both classic and contemporary, from established playwrights to experimental theater. In addition to acting, students had the opportunity to learn stagecraft – scenery construction, lighting, and costuming. Students were also involved with the business management of the Playhouse, serving as box office managers and assistants to the artistic director.


4.6 linear feet; 6 boxes


These records were extant in the University Archives as of 2003. No record of transfer.

Processed By

Ann Munnelly

Last Updated

September 2019


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Fairfield University

Place of Publication

Fairfield, Conn.


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Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections



Fairfield University Playhouse Collection