WAPAVA: The Organization
The Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting theatre and performing arts in the DC-region.
WAPAVA secures the rights to record performances and contributes the recordings to the James J. Taylor Collection of the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive.
The James J. Taylor Collection is held by Special Collections in Performing Arts, part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland.
WAPAVA also provides public-access copies of the recordings to the Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library.
About the Collection
The WAPAVA collection now totals over 500 recordings, and continues to grow!
The collection features productions from all over the DC-region, including theatres big and small.
The stages represented include Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolley Mammouth Theatre Company, The Studio Theatre, Theatre J, University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, and more!
Viewing WAPAVA at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
WAPAVA recordings do not circulate and must be viewed on library equipment.
To view a WAPAVA recording:
- Please present the Call Number for the chosen video, and a Photo ID to the MSPAL Circulation Desk and ask for assistance.
- A library staff member will pull the video for you, and help you get set up at a viewing station.