Skip to main content

Alive and Trucking Theater Company records

Identifier: PA088

Scope and Content Note

The years of existence of the Alive and Trucking Theater Company are chronicled in several scrapbooks, a published version of three plays from the group’s first year (Stage Left), and two videos of theater performances. Stage Left , a book which was an account of the first year of A&T, includes three plays that were presented, plus a narrative of the search for cast and crew, a place to perform, and money to support the operation.

There are also essays on the meaning of theater as a political tool, community theater, and short biographical sketches of theater members. The group’s adventures as a political theater troupe are tracked in scrapbooks, which contain newspaper articles, photos, ephemera, and correspondence relating to the theater group’s activities. The video recordings are live performances of some of the plays in the troupe’s repertoire.


  • 1971-1976

Language of Materials


Restrictions on Use

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library reading room.

Restrictions on Access

All rights of ownership, including literary rights to the contents thereof, have been transferred from the donor to the Manuscripts Division

Historical Note

The Alive and Trucking Theater Company was one of many counter culture theater groups which grew out of the youth and women’s movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Founders of the Theater Co. were inspired by a performance of "The Independent Female"or "A Man Has His Pride"by the Madison Street Theater. The goal was to form a permanent feminist theater company in Minneapolis, which would explore gender roles and social issues through the use of theater performances.


2 Cubic Feet


The collection contains scrapbooks, videos, and a published work chronicling the activities of the Alive and Trucking Theater Company


The collection is organized into three series:

  1. Publications
  2. Video recordings
  3. Scrapbooks

Physical Location



Donated 3/28/2008

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Steven Granger, 2008.

Alive and Trucking Theater Company records
Steven Granger
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Performing Arts Archives Collecting Area