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    [Map showing] research service to 40 Federal Theatre units, research service to 5 Federal Theatre regions, research on the subject of the American theatre in 48 states / Research Department, National Service Bureau, Federal Theatre Project.
    • Date
    • [193-?]
    • Description
    • Pen and ink and watercolor. On verso: No. 1. Copy annotated in blue, red, and green to show areas of research service, mounted on board. Scale not given.
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    Organization chart
    • Date
    • 1935-1939
    • Creator
    • Federal Theatre Project (U.S.)
    • Description
    • This chart outlines the organizational relationships between different jobs at the New York City Federal Theatre Project office.
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    Federal Theatre [on] Treasure Island "Swing mikado" A cast of 100 : Sensational success : Hot from New York : The big hit of the Golden Gate International Exposition.
    • Date
    • 1939 or 1940
    • Creator
    • Sullivan, Arthur, 1842-1900
    • Description
    • Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Swing Mikado" at the Golden Gate International Exposition, on Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif., showing a woman dancer. Part of the Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Li... more
      Poster for Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Swing Mikado" at the Golden Gate International Exposition, on Treasure Island, San Francisco, Calif., showing a woman dancer. Part of the Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress). less
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Although it operated as a national initiative, the Federal Theatre Project established regional administrations throughout the country. These regional centers adapted themselves to the needs of their local communities addressing issues of both national and local significance. Within each region, production was divided between different units, each one tackling different themes and genres. Vital to the success of this decentralized organization was the work of the National Service Bureau. It helped coordinate efforts across the country by writing and translating plays, sharing research and resources and providing a crucial support structure, especially to smaller projects.

These regional centers established a nationwide exchange of plays as productions began touring the country. Swing Mikado left Chicago for New York. Haiti traveled to Boston from New York. The 1936 adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ anti-fascist play, It Can’t Happen Here, went even further, opening with twenty-two simultaneous productions, each one catering to a particular local community. Alongside these exchanges between regional hubs, traveling caravan theaters brought performances to remote areas, which would not otherwise have opportunity to see live performances. By the late 1930s the Federal Theatre Project had established itself as a national theater both of and for the people.