Guide to the Frank Mack papers, 1980s-1990s

Frank Mack C0058


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator Frank Mack
Title Frank Mack papers
Date 1980s-1990s
Physical Characteristics 4.5 linear feet (9 boxes)
Abstract Collection contains correspondence, memos, reports and other papers generated by Frank Mack.
Collection number C0017
Language English

Historical Information

Arena Stage was an early leader in the resident theater movement. One of the first not-for-profit theaters in the United States as well as a pioneer of the regional theater movement the Arena Stage was the first regional theater to transfer a production to Broadway, the first invited by the U.S. State Department to tour behind the Iron Curtain and the first to receive a Tony Award. Co-founded in 1950 by Edward Mangum a teacher from the George Washington University, and Zelda Fichandler one of his students, Arena Stage was opened in Washington, D.C., to fill the void left by the closing of the National Theater in 1948. Deriving it's name from the idea of "theater in the round," Arena Stage became one of the first resident theaters in the United States, beginning with a company of only eight actors. Today, Arena performs to over 250,000 patrons during a September to June season and employs nearly 200 theater professionals and craftpersons, who are responsible for all the costumes and scenery seen on stage. Many now- famous actors took part in Arena Stage productions during the early part of their careers. Some of them include Robert Prosky, Morgan Freeman, Dianne Weist, James Earl Jones, Kevin Kline, Christopher Guest, Yeardly Smith and Samuel L. Jackson.

A native of Kansas, Mr. Mack graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts. He then earned an MFA in directing from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in 1988. Mr. Mack was awarded a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, which enabled him to work in community arts administration at Durham Arts Council, Inc. He then accepted a position as project manager at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., where, in addition to general administrative duties, he worked on a three-year new play project with Anna Deavere Smith that resulted in the fall 1997 premiere of House Arrest, First Edition. Mr. Mack was then named Managing Director of the California Shakespeare Theatre in Berkeley where he helped lead a financial turn-around based on a doubling of contributed income and a substantial increase in ticket sales. Mr. Mack then served as Managing Director of Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, a LORT B theatre, before he became Managing Director of the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival in Madison, New Jersey. Mr. Mack served as an institutional planning consultant for the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and as a panelist for the Connecticut Commission for the Arts. He later worked as a facilities and business plan consultant to the African Continuum Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

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Scope and Content

Collection contains correspondence, memos, reports and other papers generated by Frank Mack.

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Arrangement

Organized by subject.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center holds the Arena Stage records.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names:

Arena Stage (Organization : Washington, D.C.)

Subjects:

Theater--Washington (D.C.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank Mack papers, Collection #C0017, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Arena Stage in 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections Research Center staff.

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Contents List

Frank Mack papers
Box Folder
1 1 Dancing at Lughnasa
2 Executive Committee Files: 1992 - 1993
3 Student Matinee Series
4 Budget: 1991 - 1992
5 Financial Reports: Fiscal Year 1993
6 Budget: Fiscal Year 1994 (Income)
7 Budget: Fiscal Year 1994 (general)
8 Brainstorming Sessions 1991
9 Board of Trustees: 1992 - 1993
10 5 year plan: 1986 - 1991
11 Financial Statements: 1988 - 1992
Individual Bound Statements.
Box Folder
2 1 Future Plan 1997
2 London tour 1993
3 Marketing Survey 1986 - 1987
4 Marketing Survey - Abramson Research
5 Senior Staff Retreat: 6/29/88 - 6/30/88
6 40th Anniversary FR/Events firms 1990
7 40th Anniversary 1989 - 1990
8 Managing Director
9 Arena Stage study of Operations: May 1979 - September 1980
10 Marketing Advison CT
11 Administration
12 Building Management
13 Arena Stage building designs by Harry Weese
14 Development Director Search 1990 - 1991
15 Howard County Arts Council 1989: Joesph Zeilgler Questionnaire
16 George Mason University Federal Theater Project February 1989
17 DC Bicentennial Commission September 1991
18 NEA - Arts Plus Program
19 Teacher's Focus Groups: 10/3/1992 andamp; 11/21/92
Box Folder
3 1 DC Tax Exemption Filing 1986
Living Stage, Kreeger, Arena Parcels
2 DC property tax exemption Report 1987
3 DC property tax exemption forms 1988
4 DC property tax exemption report 1989
5 DC property tax exemption forms 1990
6 George De Vincent photography 1989
7 Cultural Alliance files 1987 - 1988
8 AIE-TGC general program information
9 Arts in Education - Funding
10 America 2000 - Arts Partnership
11 Arts in Education - Council for Basic Education
12 Arts in Education - Meetings October 29, 1992 ; November 5, 1992 ; November 12, 1992
13 Arts in Education meeting minutes - October 11, 1991
14 Arts in Education meeting minutes - December 29, 1992
15 Arts in Education - Arena Stage in-house memos and notes
16 Arts in Education - Mitchell Korn info and Correspondence
17 Arts in Education - program development
18 Arena Stage's Pan and Mission meeting minutes
19 Suzuki - budget
20 Suzuki Project
21 "Beehive" production information
Box Folder
4 1 Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers 1989
2 Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Directory (1 of 2)
3 Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Directory (2 of 2)
4 Society of Stage Directors and Choreographer Strike 1986
5 League of Resident Theaters - Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers agreement 1985 - 1988
6 DC Commission
7 United Scenic Artists agreement 1987 - 1992
8 Equity Rule Books - League of Resident Theaters
9 League of Resident Theaters 1989
10 LORT / SSDC negotiations 1985
Box Folder
5 1 Pear, fagan and Bormel Audit
2 NEH grant program 1990 - 1991
3 New Voices/Common Ground 1992 - 1993
4 D andamp; O Insurance March 1991
5 DC Commission on the Arts ,Major Institution Grant 1988 - 1989
6 The Ford Foundation 1991 -1992
7 Jr. Gang Meetings 1992
8 Metro Stop
9 National Capital Arts grant Fiscal Year 1990
10 National cultural Alliance: June, 1991
11 New general Correspondence 1991
12 NEH New Scholars Grant 1991 - 1992
13 NEA 1992
14 Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc.
15 AATE/ETA - Task Force on Standards K - 12
16 National Association for Schools of theater
17 AIE - Selected Bibliographies of General Information
18 NEA Challenge III Grant March, 1989
19 Organizational Chart- Pre Ham 1991
Box Folder
6 1 Nominating Committee 1992 - 1993
2 Investment Committee Fiscal Year 1993
3 Finance Committee 1992 - 1993
4 Development Committee 1991 - 1992
5 CSAP Grant Proposal: Living Stage
6 Arts in Education job description
7 American Alliance for Theatre and Education
8 Communication Committee 1992 - 1993
9 Study Summary: understanding how the arts contribute to excellent education
10 Arts in Education Proposal
11 Executive Committee 1991 - 1992
12 Development/Communications Joint Step Meeting 1991 - 1992
13 Development Budget Tracking Report 1991 - 1992
Box Folder
7 1 Investment Committee 1990 - 1991
2 Finance Committee 1990 - 1991
3 Executive Leadership Committee 1990 - 1991
4 Board - AS
5 Communications Committee 1990 - 1991
6 Development Committee 1992
7 Fellows Program - AS
8 Community Outreach Advisory Committee 1991 - 1992
9 Allen Lee hughes Fellows 1990 - 1991 program
10 Long Range Planning Committee 1990 - 1991
11 Public Sector Outreach Committee 1991 -1992
12 Long Range Planning Committee 1992- 1993
Box Folder
8 1 American Arts Alliance 1985 - 1989
2 American Arts Alliance 1992 - 1993
3 American Arts Alliance (general info)
4 Accessibility 1990 - 1991
5 Living Stage (general files)
6 Arts international/Russian intern
7 AtandT : On Stage
8 The Arena Arrow Newsletter 1991
9 Computer Development
Box Folder
9 1 Bessemer Trust Company October 1990
2 Audience Response 1990 - 1991
3 Chernikoff andamp; Company 1988 - 1991
4 Rose Cowen (NYU student)
5 the Coca-Cola Foundation
6 Coolfont Resort project
7 Campaign Investment Portfolio
8 Investment Advisor Search
9 Stackig Sanderson and White
Box Folder
10 1 DC schools outreach, 1989-1990
2 DC public schools, 1988-1989
3 DC public schools, 1986-1987
4 Black Ivy program
5 teacher workshops: 1993-1994
6 "The Glass Menagerie", study guide
7 student matinee program: 1991-1992
8 DC Schools: 1990-1991
9 "Trinidad Sisters", reception and outreach
10 "Juno and the Paycock", Irish reception and outreach
11 "From the Mississippi Delta", correspondence
12 "My Children, My Africa", correspondence
13 Arena Stage season, 1990
14 "A Mid-Summer's Night Dream", study guide and correspondence
15 "Playboy", correspondence
16 "Les Blancs", general information
17 misc. correspondence
18 community outreach advisory committee: 1991-1992
Box Folder
11 1 'Know your political arena', correspondence
2 Arena Stage Church Angels program, correspondence
3 Signature Series; general information
4 Congressional Hispanic Caucus events
5 Signature Series program
6 Signature Series program
7 Signature Series program
8 Signature Series program
9 Ring Round the Moon, opening night response list
10 African American, Signature Series
11 Black History, 1989
12 Signature Series - The Caucasian Chalk Circle
13 Signature Series - Jar the Floor
14 Signature Series - On the Town
15 Signature Series - Shakespeare
16 Signature Series - Merrily We Roll Along
17 Signature Series - The Glass Menagerie
18 Signature Series - Yerma
19 Signature Series - Revolutionary Politics
Box Folder
12 1 Signature Series - Brothers Under the Skin
2 Signature Series - What Mama Wished
3 Signature Series
4 Community Outreach Committee
5 Arena 2-Nite; 1991
6 Latino outreach
7 student matinee series; 1987-1988
8 volunteer - general info
9 arts in edu: 1992-1993
10 volunteer time sheets
11 Waterfront - correspondence
12 Arena Stage hands
13 Jamaican Relief
14 student matinee extra's; 1988-1989
15 The Arena Arrow, Fall 1991
16 LRP retreat
17 LRP stuff - sent to full BD
18 Staff retreat
Box Folder
13 1 artistic plan for Arena Stage
2 artistic statement and financial information for the Living Stage
3 Arena Stage long range plan draft statement
4 long range plan committee meeting, Feb. 13th 1992
5 long range plan memo, 1992
6 long range plan, senior staff meeting minutes, 1991
7 long range planning notes, 1991
8 Doug Wager speeches, 1991
9 National Theatre Artist Residency
10 subscription surveys, 1993
11 staff retreat 1993
12 correspondence: Stephen Richard, 1990-1991
Box Folder
14 1 long range plan; December draft
2 long range plan sent to board, 1991
3 long range plan sent to board, 1991
4 Long Range Plan, draft 1991
5 Long Range Plan draft, Oct. 1991
6 Long Range Plan, draft
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