A Guide to the Melinda E. Pittman Theatrical Collection, 1974-2012 (bulk, 1990-2008) Pittman, Melinda E. Theatrical Collection Ms2017-009

A Guide to the Melinda E. Pittman Theatrical Collection, 1974-2012 (bulk, 1990-2008)

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Collection Number Ms2017-009


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms2017-009
Title
Melinda E. Pittman Theatrical Collection, 1974-2012 (bulk, 1990-2008)
Physical Characteristics
4.5 Cubic Feet; 6 boxes, 1 oversize folder
Creator
Pittman, Melinda E.
Language
English
Abstract
The collection includes scripts, songs, lyrics, production designs, directing and production notebooks, press, interviews, audio and video recordings, and other materials related to Melinda Pittman's theatrical career.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Some materials, such as photos, posters, etc. may be copryrighted to their original creators.

Use of materials for commercial purposes or for the purposes of theatrical performance, republication, broadcast, or related usage is restricted. Usage rights for these purposes may be requested from Melinda E. Pittman.

Contact Special Collections for more information.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Melinda E. Pittman Theatrical Collection, Ms2017-009, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Melinda E. Pittman Theatrical Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2016.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Melinda E. Pittman Theatrical Collection commenced in October 2016 and completed in July 2017.

Biographical Note

Melinda E. Pittman was born June 21, 1953 in Falls Church, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's (VPI&SU) Theatre Arts Department in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in Honors with Distinction. She then spent a year studying Theatre Directing at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana before moving to Portland, Oregon. In Portland, Pittman worked with various theatrical companies including the Portland Labor Players II, The Fallen Angel Choir, and BroadArts Theatre. She received the 2000 Angus L. Bowmer Drama Award from the Oregon Book Awards for her show WonderBroads: The Babes & Broads Who Broke the Rules highlighting the contributions of women throughout history. In 2013, she received a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Women's Social Justice Theatre from Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, Oregon.

Scope and Content

The collection includes scripts, songs, lyrics, production designs, directing and production notebooks, press, interviews, audio and video recordings, and other materials related to Melinda Pittman's theatrical career, including material about Pittman's original works Atlantis and WonderBroads. Also included are some alumni newsletters from the Virginia Tech Theatre Arts program and a copy of Pittman's Masters Thesis. The collection includes materials from 1974 to 2012 with the majority of material from the 1990's and 2000's. See the Arrangement note for additional information on the contents of the collection.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in fourteen series. For the most part, the series reflect the arrangement in which the collection was received from the donor. Material is primarily organized by production company and show. Some items, including a copy of Pittman's screenplay, No Brainer, and her notes on non-profits and political action are not contained within one of the series.

Series I: University Records includes material from Pittman's time attending institutions of higher education. It has three sub-series: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Tulane University, and Marylhurst University.

Sub-Series I: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University includes material from Pittman's time at VPI&SU, including production notebooks for Pigeons and Chamber Music.
Sub-Series II: Tulane University includes material from Pittman's time at Tulane University, including material about productions of The Lover and The Country Wife.
Sub-Series III: Marylhurst University includes material from Pittman's time at Marylhurst University, including her masters thesis.

Series II: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association includes material from various productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, including The Breasts of Tiresius.

Series III: Theatre Workshop includes material from the Theatre Workshop production company including You Can't Take it With You, and The Real Inspector Hound. There is one sub-series: Power.

Series IV: Critical Mass Productions includes material from the Critical Mass Productions production of Bits and Pieces.

Series V: Portland Labor Players II includes material from various productions by the Portland Labor Players II company, including Season of Silence. There is one sub-series: 1934: Blood and Roses.

Series VI: Portland Civic Theatre includes material from the Portland Civic Theatre production of The Hot L Baltimore.

Series VII: Atlantis includes material from the original musical Atlantis written, composed, and directed by Pittman.

Series VIII: The Fallen Angel Choir includes material from Pittman's time as part of The Fallen Angel Choir, including many audio and video recordings.

Series IX: Summer Angels, Some Are Not! includes material from Pittman's time as part of the group Summer Angels, Some Are Not!, including many audio and video recordings.

Series X: AngelTime Productions, Inc. includes material from shows produced by AngelTime Productions, Inc. There are three sub-series: Paradise Flossed, Angels: The Next Generation, and Melinda & Angels DotComedy.

Series XI: WonderBroads includes material from Pittman's show WonderBroads, including different versions of the show, production books, marketing materials, video recordings, and correspondence with the Oregon Book Awards.

Series XII: BroadArts Theatre includes material from Pittman's production company BroadArts Theatre, including video recordings, notes on running the non-profit business, and material about the show Bunkin' With You in the Afterlife. There are seven sub-series: Read a Wild Tale, Homeland In-Security, Fat and Sassy, AmBushed!, If I Were Queen of the Forest, WonderBroader, and A/Broad for All Seasons.

Series XIII: Sheet Music includes copies of Pittman's original music, set lists from shows, popular music used in her parodies, and notes about lyrics.

Series XIV: Theatrical Career includes promotional materials, videos, audio recordings, headshots, résumés, press, and portfolios related to Pittman's career in the theatre.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Pittman, Melinda E.
  • Corporate Names:

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dept. of Performing Arts and Communications
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Theatre Arts Department
  • Subjects:

  • Community theater
  • Sheet music
  • Social justice
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Geographical Names:

  • Portland (Or.)
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Political satire

Container List

University Records
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
    • box-folder 1 folder: 1
      Theatre Arts University Theatre, 1974-1982
    • box-folder 1 folder: 2
      Headshots, c.1975
    • box-folder 1 folder: 3
      Pigeons production notebook, 1974
    • box-folder 1 folder: 4
      Chamber Music production notebook, Spring 1975
    • box-folder 1 folder: 5
      Chamber Music production script, Spring 1975
  • Tulane University
    • box-folder 1 folder: 6
      The Lover, 1976
    • box-folder 1 folder: 7
      The Country Wife, 1977
  • Marylhurst University
    • box-folder 2 folder: 38
      Laugh the World Awake: Toward a Declaration of Liberation Comedy - Master's Thesis, 2013-06-08
Oregon Shakespeare Festival Association
  • Box 1 folder: 8
    Programs, photos, and correspondence, 1976-1979
  • Box 1 folder: 9
    The Breasts of Tiresius, 1976
Theatre Workshop
  • You Can't Take it With You
    • box-folder 1 folder: 10
      Directing notes, 1981
    • box-folder 1 folder: 11
      Production script, 1981
    • box-folder 1 folder: 12
      Press, 1981
  • box-folder 1 folder: 13
    The Miracle Worker program, c.1981
  • box-folder 1 folder: 14
    The Real Inspector Hound programs and press, 1981
  • box-folder 1 folder: 15
    Charley's Aunt program, 1983
  • Power
    • box-folder 1 folder: 16
      Production notebook, 1983
    • box-folder 1 folder: 17
      Photos, 1983
    • box-folder 1 folder: 18
      Press, 1983
    • Folder 1
      Show poster, 1983
Critical Mass Productions
  • box-folder 1 folder: 19
    Bits and Pieces production script, 1983
  • box-folder 1 folder: 20
    Bits and Pieces press, 1983
  • box-folder 1 folder: 21
    Bits and Pieces photos, 1983
  • Folder 1
    Bits and Pieces show poster, 1983
Portland Labor Players II
  • box-folder 1 folder: 22
    Season of Silence, 1981
  • 1934: Blood and Roses
    • box-folder 1 folder: 23
      Press, research, and marketing, 1982
    • box-folder 1 folder: 24
      Program, 1982
    • Folder 1
      Scenic design painting, 1982
    • Folder 1
      Show poster, 1982
  • box-folder 1 folder: 25
    Brecht in the Eighties, 1982
  • box-folder 1 folder: 26
    Correspondence, 1981
    English, Italian
  • Folder 1
    Press and show posters, 1981-1982
Portland Civic Theatre
  • box-folder 1 folder: 27
    The Hot L Baltimore, 1985
Atlantis
  • box-folder 1 folder: 28
    Script, 1983
  • box-folder 1 folder: 29
    Directing notebook, 1983-1984
  • Folder 1
    Watercolor costume design, c.1983 - 1984
  • box-folder 1 folder: 30
    Production notes, 1983-1984
  • box-folder 1 folder: 31
    Production notebook, 1983-1984
  • box-folder 1 folder: 32
    Press, 1983-1984
  • Folder 1
    Show poster, 1984
The Fallen Angel Choir
  • box-folder 1 folder: 33
    Press and marketing, 1993-1996
  • box-folder 4 folder: 5
    Christmas Wrap / Clanging Bells (45 RPM record), 1986
    1 45rpm Record in a sleeve (2 copies)
  • Box 5
    The Fallen Angel Choir (Audio Recording), 1986
  • Box 5Box 6
    The Fallen Angel Choir (Video Recording), Summer 1987
    1 VHS tape (box 6); 1 DVD (box 5)
  • Box 5Box 6
    Happy Trails Tour P.S.U. (Video Recording), 1989-12
    1 VHS tape (Box 6); 1 DVD (Box 5)
  • Box 5Box 6
    Fallen Angels Tour 90 (Video Recording), 1990
    1 VHS tape (Box 6); 1 DVD (Box 5)
  • Box 5Box 6
    Angels XVII: Abducted by Aliens, Also: Holiday Spirit and Good Evening Show (Video Recording), 1992-12-22
    1 VHS tape (Box 6); 1 DVD (Box 5)
  • Box 5
    Angels XVII: Abducted by Aliens (Audio Recording), 1992
    1 Audio Cassette
  • Box 5
    Middle Aged Mystery Tour (Audio Recording), 1993
    1 Audio Cassette
  • Box 5
    Still Fallen After All These Years (Audio Recording), 1995
    1 Audio Cassette
  • Box 6
    Bleeding Hearts Club Band (Video Recording ADAT), 1995-12-16
    6 VHS Tapes
  • Box 5Box 6
    It's A Wrap! (Video Recording), 1996
    1 VHS tape (Box 6); 1 DVD (Box 5)
  • Box 5Box 6
    Wake Up and Smell the Angels (Video Recording), c.1993 - 1995
    1 VHS tape (Box 6); 1 DVD (Box 5)
  • Folder 1
    Show posters, 1986-1996
Summer Angels, Some Are Not!
  • box-folder 1 folder: 34
    Press and marketing, 1995
  • Box 5
    Summer Angels, Some Are Not! (Audio Recording), 1991-04-19-1991-04-20
    1 Audio Cassette
  • Box 6
    Demo: Boomers With a View (Video Recording), 1993
    1 VHS tape
  • Box 5Box 6
    L'Aftershocks (Video Recording), 1994-05
    1 VHS tape (Box 6); 1 DVD (Box 5)
  • Box 5
    L'Aftershocks (Audio Recording), 1994
    1 Audio Cassette
  • Box 5
    It's Their Party... demo (Audio Recording), 1995
    1 Audio Cassette
  • Box 5
    Rebels in a Minivan (Audio Recording), 1996
    1 CD
AngelTime Productions, Inc.
  • Paradise Flossed
    • box-folder 1 folder: 35
      Production book, 1997-1998
    • box-folder 1 folder: 36
      Sheet music, 1997
    • box-folder 1 folder: 37
      Notes, 1997
    • box-folder 1 folder: 38
      Press and marketing, 1997-1998
    • box-folder 1 folder: 39
      Photos, 1997
    • Box 5Box 6
      Paradise Flossed (Video Recording), 1997
      1 VHS tape (Box 6); 1 DVD (Box 5)
    • Box 6
      Paradise Flossed demo (Video Recording), 1997
      1 VHS tape
    • Box 5
      Paradise Flossed (Audio Recording), 1997
      1 CD (2 copies)
  • Angels: The Next Generation
    • Box 5
      Fallin' Angels Next Gen with Les Sarnoff Dolby B NR (Audio Recording), 1997-12-02
      1 Audio Cassette
    • box-folder 1 folder: 40
      Frank-N-Sensitive Comedy Christmas Carols, 1997
    • Box 5
      Frank-N-Sensitive Comedy Christmas Carols (Audio Recording), 1997
      1 CD; 1 Audio Cassette
    • Box 6
      Angels: The Next Generation full show (Video Recording), 1997-12-20
      1 VHS tape
    • box-folder 1 folder: 41
      Bring in 'Da Toys, Bring in 'Da Bunk, 1997
    • box-folder 1 folder: 42
      Bring in 'Da Toys, Bring in 'Da Bunk production book, 1997
    • box-folder 1 folder: 43
      Angel's Secret Santa Survivor Holiday Gametime, 2000
    • box-folder 1 folder: 44
      It's a WonderBroad Life, 2000
    • box-folder 1 folder: 45
      Press and marketing, c.1997 - 2000
    • box-folder 1 folder: 46
      Photos, c.1997 - 2000
    • Folder 1
      Show posters, 1997
  • Melinda & Angels DotComedy
    • box-folder 1 folder: 47
      It's a Jingle Out There production book, 1999
    • box-folder 1 folder: 48
      It's a Jingle Out There first show draft, 1999-10-20
    • box-folder 1 folder: 49
      It's a Jingle Out There draft, 1999-11-01
    • Box 6
      Melinda & Angels DotComedy promotional video (Video Recording), c.1998 - 1999
      1 VHS tape
WonderBroads
  • box-folder 2 folder: 1
    Production book, 2000
  • box-folder 2 folder: 2
    Shortened version, 2000
  • box-folder 2 folder: 3
    Notes and research, 2000
  • box-folder 2 folder: 4
    Photos, 2000
  • box-folder 2 folder: 5
    Press and marketing, 2000
  • Box 6
    Promotional video (Video Recording), 2000
    1 VHS tape (2 copies)
  • Box 6
    Demo (Video Recording), 2002-06
    1 VHS tape (2 copies)
  • box-folder 2 folder: 6
    Notes, 2001
  • box-folder 2 folder: 7
    2003 Production, 2003
  • box-folder 2 folder: 8
    2007 Production, 2007
  • box-folder 2 folder: 9
    Oregon Book Awards correspondence, 2000-2001
  • box-folder 2 folder: 10
    Jobs With Justice 10th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Presentation, 2001
  • Box 5
    WonderBroads: The Babes and Broads Who Broke the Rules (Audio Recording), 2001
    1 CD
BroadArts Theatre
  • Read a Wild Tale
    • box-folder 2 folder: 11
      Drafts, 2001
    • Box 5
      Second Draft (Digital File), 2001-04-08
      READ A WILD TALE2.doc file on 3.5" floppy disc. (74kb)
  • Homeland In-Security
    • box-folder 2 folder: 12
      Notebook, 2002
    • box-folder 2 folder: 13
      Drafts, 2002-2003
    • box-folder 2 folder: 14
      Press, marketing, and correspondence, 2002
    • box-folder 2 folder: 15
      Photos, 2002
    • Folder 1
      Show poster, 2002
    • Box 5Box 6
      Homeland In-Security (Video Recording), 2002-02
      1 VHS tape (Box 6); 1 DVD (Box 5)
  • Fat and Sassy
    • box-folder 2 folder: 16
      Script, 2003
    • box-folder 2 folder: 17
      Production book, 2003
    • box-folder 2 folder: 18
      Performance script, 2003-11-18
    • box-folder 2 folder: 19
      Photos, notes, and marketing, 2002-2003
    • box-folder 2 folder: 20
      Sheet music, 2003
    • box-folder 2 folder: 21
      Press, 2003
    • Box 5
      Fat and Sassy II (Video Recording), 2009-11-13
      1 DVD
  • AmBushed!
    • box-folder 2 folder: 22
      Production notebook, 2004
    • box-folder 2 folder: 23
      2005 script, 2005
    • box-folder 2 folder: 24
      Marketing, 2004
  • If I Were Queen of the Forest
    • box-folder 2 folder: 25
      Production book, 2006
    • box-folder 2 folder: 26
      Song lyrics, photos, press, and marketing, 2006
    • Folder 1
      Show poster, 2006
  • WonderBroader
    • box-folder 2 folder: 27
      Research, c.2008
    • box-folder 2 folder: 28
      Research, c.2008
    • box-folder 2 folder: 29
      Correspondence, c.2008
    • box-folder 2 folder: 30
      Marketing, c.2008
  • Box 5
    BroadArts Theatre IWD Concert at Urban Grind (Video Recording), 2009-03-07
    1 DVD
  • A/Broad for All Seasons
    • box-folder 2 folder: 31
      Production book, 2009-2010
    • box-folder 2 folder: 32
      Drafts and notes, 2010
    • box-folder 2 folder: 33
      Marketing, 2010
    • Folder 1
      Show poster, 2010
  • box-folder 2 folder: 34
    Bunkin' With You in the Afterlife, 2012
  • Box 5Box 6
    BroadArts Peace Salon (Video Recording), 2002-10-12
    1 VHS tape (Box 6); 1 DVD (Box 5)
  • box-folder 2 folder: 35
    Grant writing and fund raising workshop, 2007
  • box-folder 2 folder: 36
    BroadArts Theatre Visionary Salon Series grant application, c.2008
  • box-folder 2 folder: 37
    BroadArts Theatre, Inc. notes, c.2012
  • Box 6
    BroadArts Theatre demo tape (Video Recording), 2000, 2002, 2004
    1 VHS tape
    Scope and Contents

    Includes clips from Fat and Sassy, WonderBroads, and Homeland In-Security.

Sheet Music
  • box-folder 2 folder: 39
    Titles beginning with A-E, 1984-2012
  • box-folder 2 folder: 40
    Titles beginning with F-H, 1984-2012
  • box-folder 2 folder: 41
    Titles beginning with I-L, 1984-2012
  • box-folder 3 folder: 1
    Titles beginning with M-S, 1984-2012
  • box-folder 3 folder: 2
    Titles beginning with T-Y, 1984-2012
  • box-folder 3 folder: 3
    Set lists, 2004
  • box-folder 3 folder: 4
    Popular music, 1931-1999
  • box-folder 3 folder: 5
    Notes on lyrics without titles, c1990's
box-folder 3 folder: 6
No Brainer Screenplay, 2005
Theatrical Career
  • box-folder 3 folder: 7
    Comedy press and marketing, c.1989 - 1996
  • Folder 1
    Comedy marketing, c.1990's
  • box-folder 3 folder: 8
    General press and marketing, c.1976 - 1992
  • box-folder 3 folder: 9
    General press and marketing, c.1976 - 1992
  • Box 5Box 6
    Scenes from Power and Hot L Baltimore, Interviews with Melinda - Director (Video Recording), c.1985
    1 VHS tape (Box 6); 1 DVD (Box 5)
  • box-folder 3 folder: 10
    General marketing photos, 2002
  • box-folder 3 folder: 11
    Headshots and resumés, c.1989 - 1994
  • Box 5
    Western Regional CTA Conference photos (Digital Files), 2012-05-18-2012-05-20
    1 CD with 49 JPG files
  • box-folder 6
    Male Fantasy Beer (Video Recording), 1997
    1 VHS tape
  • box-folder 4 folder: 1
    Directing and acting portfolio, 1980-1992
  • box-folder 4 folder: 2
    Rose City Park Neighborhood History Book 100th Anniversary, 2007
  • box-folder 4 folder: 3
    General correspondence, 1996 - 1999, c.2010, n.d.
box-folder 4 folder: 4
Notes on Non-Profits and Political Action, c.1999
Box 5
Astrological Reading (Audio Recording), 2011-06-28
1 DVD
Folder 1
Northwest Peace Festival Poster, 1983