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Roberta Uno Asian American Women Playwrights Scripts Collection, 1924-2002
25 boxes (9 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 345

Abstract:
Roberta Uno was the founder and long time artistic director of the New World Theater at UMass Amherst, a theater in residence dedicated to the production of works by playwrights of color.

Established by Uno in 1993, the Asian American Women Playwrights Scripts Collection contains manuscripts of plays, but also production histories, reviews, and articles, along with biographies and audio and videotaped interviews with playwrights. Among the individuals represented are Brenda Wong Aoki, Jeannie Barroga, Marina Feleo Gonzales, Jessica Hagedorn, Velina Hasu Houston, Genny Lim, le thi diem thuy, Ling-Ai Li, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Nobuko Miyamoto, Bina Sharif, and Diana Son.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for resesarch.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Biographical Note

Born in Hawaii and raised in Los Angeles, Roberta Uno intended to study medicine when she enrolled at Hampshire in the mid-1970s, but grew increasingly interested in the theatre. After graduation in 1977, she took a year off to explore playwriting before entering medical school, however that year turned into a career.

Hired by the Office of Third World Affairs at UMass, Uno developed the idea of establishing a truly multicultural theatrical company, which in 1979, developed into the New World Theater, a theater in residence dedicated to the production of works by playwrights of color. Serving for many years as the Theater's artistic director and as associate professor of theatre at the University, Uno helped produce dozens of plays by both new and established playwrights, many from outside the mainstream of university-affiliated theatrical companies. During her time at UMass, she also earned an MFA in 1994 for her work on Diana Saenz, "A dream of canaries : the staging of a new work."

Since leaving UMass, Uno has served as a program officer for arts and culture at the Ford Foundation in New York City. Among other works, she is author of The Color of Theater: Race, Culture, and Contemporary Performance (London, 2002) and editor of Unbroken Thread: An Anthology of Plays by Asian American Women (Amherst, Mass., 1993) and Contemporary Plays by Women of Color: An Anthology (London, 1996).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Established by Roberta Uno in 1993, the Asian American Women Playwrights Scripts Collection contains manuscripts of plays, but also production histories, reviews, and articles, along with biographies and audio and videotaped interviews with playwrights. Among the individuals represented are Brenda Wong Aoki, Jeannie Barroga, Marina Feleo Gonzales, Jessica Hagedorn, Velina Hasu Houston, Genny Lim, le thi diem thuy, Ling-Ai Li, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Nobuko Miyamoto, Bina Sharif, and Diana Son.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for resesarch.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Roberta Uno Asian American Women Playwrights Scripts Collection (MS 345). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Roberta Uno and the New World Theatre, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Accruals:

Accretions expected.

Processing Information

Processed by SCUA staff.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Language
English.
Related Materials

The University Archives houses the records of the New World Theater (RG-25 T3.7).