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Moses Goldberg Papers 1962-2005


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Goldberg, Moses, 1940-
Title: Moses Goldberg Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1962-2005
Quantity: 6 Boxes (9.0 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The Moses Goldberg Papers, 9 linear feet, contains the papers of this theatre for youth author, playwright, university educator, mentor, artistic and producing director and stage director from 1962-2005. Of note is more than twenty years documentation of Goldberg's career as Producing Director of Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre, a professional theatre for young audiences in Kentucky. The papers have bulk dates of 1976 through 2003 and are divided into the following series: Professional History, Author, Artistic Director, Stage Director and Resource Materials.
Identification: MSS-264
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Theatre for Youth and Community Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
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Biographical Note

Moses Goldberg, theatre for youth author, playwright, university educator, artistic and producing director, mentor and stage director, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1940. When Goldberg was a child, his family moved to Atlanta, where he acted in plays at the Atlanta Children's Theatre.

Goldberg received: a B.S. degree in Psychology from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961; a M.A. degree in Child Psychology from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California in 1963; a M.A. degree in Theatre from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1965; and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota in 1969. His dissertation was titled A Survey and Evaluation of Contemporary Principles and Practices at Selected European Children's Theatres.

Goldberg's university teaching career was as follows: Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University at San Marcos), 1965-1967; University of Minnesota, 1967-1969; Florida State University, 1969-1976; University of Louisville, 1990-2003; Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, 2001-2004; and McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland, 2005-2009. Classes taught included: Acting, Child Drama, Children's Theatre, Creative Drama, Directing, Dramatic Literature and Playwriting. In 1969 Goldberg founded the Children's Theatre Tour at Asolo State Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, and served as its Director until 1976. From 1976 to 1977, he was the Director of the PAF Playhouse Theatre for Youth in Huntington, New York.

For the following 25 years (1978-2003), Goldberg was the Producing Director at Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre, a professional theatre for young audiences in Kentucky. Upon his retirement on March 31, 2003, he was honored at a tribute dinner and an educational conference for teachers titled, "Telling Stories: Honoring the Contributions of Moses Goldberg". Attendees also viewed the final performance at Stage One of Jemima Boone: Daughter of Kentucky, a play written and directed by Goldberg. During the course of his career, Goldberg was invited to guest direct at numerous theatres, that include: A Contemporary Theatre and PONCHO Theatre (later called Seattle Children's Theatre), Seattle, Washington; the California Theatre Centre, Sunnyvale, California; Delaware Summer Festival, Newark, Delaware; the Aspen Theatre Institute, Aspen, Colorado; the Peppermint Tent, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and one of the first United State/Soviet exchanges at Taganka Theatre in Moscow in 1988. He has directed over 100 plays.

Goldberg has twelve published plays, eleven contracted by Anchorage Press Plays. He is credited by many as the father of American participation theatre. This form of theatre allows preschool children to participate in the performance while learning about the theatre process. He wrote two books: Children's Theatre: A Philosophy and a Method in 1974; and TYA: Essays on Theatre for Young Audiences in 2006. His articles were published in the Children's Theatre Conference Newsletter, Children's Theatre Review, Educational Theatre Journal, Elementary English and Southern Theatre.

Goldberg was active in the following organizations: ASSITEJ (International Association of Theatre for Children and Youth), TYA/USA (Theatre for Young Audiences/United States of America, formerly called ASSITEJ/USA), Southeastern Theatre Association (SETC), Kentucky Alliance for Arts Education, and American Directors Symposium. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation and Arts Councils in Florida, New York and Kentucky. Goldberg was a leader in the negotiations for establishment of a theatre for young audiences contract with Actors Equity Association. Stage One became one of the first professional Actors Equity theatres for young audiences in the United States.

Throughout his career, Goldberg utilized his training as a psychologist to help children learn how to express their emotions through the arts. He also believed in non-traditional casting. Many leaders in the field, such as Scot Copeland, Artistic Director of the Nashville Children's Theatre, thank Goldberg for his mentorship throughout the years and credit him with laying a foundation for professional work in the field and training a new generation of actors, artistic managers and directors.

His awards include:

Lin Wright Special Recognition Award, CTAA (now called AATE, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education) for his book Children's Theatre: A Philosophy and a Method, 1974.
Charlotte B. Chorpenning Playwright Award, AATE, 1980, presented to nationally known writers of outstanding plays for children with a body of work.
Sara Spencer Child Drama Award for outstanding children's theatre in the Southeast Region, SETC, 1982.
The Kentucky Arts Council for Professional Development Award, 1992.
Kentucky Governors Artist Award, 2002.
The Children's Theatre Foundation of America Medallion, 2005.

Scope and Content Note

The Moses Goldberg Papers, 1962-2005, are comprised of correspondence, minutes, agendas, reports, syllabi, handwritten notes, lesson plans, journals and journal articles, papers, speeches, periodicals, book galleys, play typescripts, books, playscripts, schedules, a touring manual, book manuscripts, musical scores, costume and set renderings, study guides, programs, brochures, lighting and sound plots, evaluation forms, reel-to-reel audio tapes, contracts, agreements, a handbook, job descriptions, organizational charts, calendars, newspaper articles, press kits, catalogs, photographs, a fabric scarf, 45 rpm phonograph recordings and slides. The collection documents the professional life of this theatre for young audiences author, playwright, university educator, artistic and producing director, mentor and stage director, including more than twenty years as Producing Director of Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre, a professional theatre for young audiences in Kentucky. The papers have bulk dates of 1976 through 2003 and are divided into the following series, with some subseries: Professional History (Box 1), Author (Box 2-3), Artistic Director (Box 4), Stage Director (Box 5) and Resource Materials (Box 6). There is no arrangement within the series and subseries, with the exception of organization by play title in Series II, Subseries B.

Series I: Professional History: This series, 1962-2005, documents through correspondence, conference agendas and programs, meeting minutes, and committee participant lists, Goldberg's participation: on the ASSITEJ/USA (now called TYA/USA) Board; as Program Chair of the Wingspread Conference; and his participation at other conferences that he attended. His theatre and directing instruction at Florida State University and his personal research are documented via syllabi, handwritten notes, lesson plans, journals and books. His involvement with theatre for young audiences contract negotiations with Actors Equity Association is recorded via extensive correspondence.

Series II: Author: This series documents Goldberg's written works and is divided into two subseries: Books/Articles and Plays.

Subseries A: Books/Articles: This subseries, 1972-2004, contains a typescript and handwritten manuscript, a galley with photographs, correspondence and resource materials for his book Children's Theatre: A Philosophy and a Method. It also includes journal articles, papers and speeches by Goldberg on various theatre for youth topics.

Subseries B: Plays: This subseries, 1970-2004, documents the writing and production of Goldberg's plays for young audiences. Included are: play typescripts, some with revisions; handwritten playscripts; correspondence; rehearsal and performance schedules; musical scores; costume and set renderings; study guides; play programs; lighting and sound plots; evaluation forms; and two reel-to-reel audio tapes of productions. Of note is correspondence with his publisher, Orlin Corey, owner of Anchorage Press. The arrangement is alphabetical by play title.

Series III: Artistic Director: This series, 1978-2003, provides information on Goldberg's administrative and artistic activities as Producing Director of Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre, and includes several productions not directed by Goldberg. It includes correspondence, contracts, agreements, a board of directors handbook, job descriptions, mailing lists, organizational charts, directors reports, calendars, playscripts, rehearsal schedules, brochures, cast lists, study guides, light and sound plots and performance schedules. Of note is the Stage One touring manual. There are also several study guides from the PAF Playhouse Theatre for Youth.

Series IV: Stage Director: This series, 1968-2000, primarily documents play productions directed by Goldberg at Stage One. There are also a few materials from his work at Asolo State Theatre and at the PAF Playhouse Theatre for Youth. It includes playscripts, promptbooks, newspaper articles, correspondence, rehearsal schedules and reports, programs, performance schedules, cast lists, costume and set renderings, musical scores, black and white production photographs, and sound, light and property lists. Of note are typescripts, correspondence and rehearsal reports from the musical play The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, book and lyrics by Katherine Paterson and Stephanie Tolan, adapted from Paterson's children's book.

Series V: Resource Materials: This series contains press kits, brochures, study guides, books, a fabric scarf, 45 rpm phonograph recordings and slides describing theatre for youth companies and ASSITEJ Centers in the United States, Australia, Japan, Israel, Russia, Canada and many European countries. In addition, there are materials gathered for directing, teaching and writing research, including professional journals and articles, newsletters, books, and play and book catalogs.


This collection consists of six boxes divided into five series:
Series I: Professional History
Series II: Author
Subseries A: Books/Articles
Subseries B: Plays
Series III: Artistic Director
Series IV: Stage Director
Series V: Resource Materials


Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.


Arizona State University does not own the copyright to this collection. We recognize that it is incumbent upon the researcher to procure permission to publish information from this collection from the owner of the copyright.

Related Material

Stage One: The Louisville Children's Theatre ephemera files, CD EPH FDTP 361 through 363.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Corey, Orlin.
Goldberg, Moses, 1940- -- Archives.
Paterson, Katherine.

Corporate Name(s)
Actors Equity Association -- History.

Children's plays, America.
Children's theater -- Production and direction.
Drama in education -- Study and teaching.
Dramatists -- United States.
Participation theatre.
Playwriting -- Juvenile drama.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Moses Goldberg Papers, MSS-264, Arizona State University Library.


The Moses Goldberg Papers were received from Moses Goldberg from 1996 through 2004 as recorded in multiple accessions; ongoing.

Processing Note

This collection was processed as part of a NHPRC ArchivesBasic ProjectsBasic Processing grant, which limits processing to the series and subseries level when needed and does not allow the creation of file or folder listings. The collection was processed by Anna Uremovich, NHPRC Project Archivist, Child Drama Collection, August 2009.