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Theatre Image Collection

Welcome to the CUNY Graduate Center Theatre Project.

The Theatre Project is home to more than 25,000 images from around the world and covering over 3,000 years of theatre history. You will find each image in the collection has a descriptive title, along with information about its period and country. Images can be browsed by collection as well with groupings including categories such as scenography, actors, etc.

For more than 30 years it has been maintained by Distinguished Professor Marvin Carlson and his students as an important resource for those looking for the visual materials that are a crucial part of theatrical research. Starting in December of 2012, the CUNY Graduate Center Theatre Project moved to the open source software Omeka to increase accessibility and searchability of the many images and to make uploading and cataloging of the images easier. This transition also brought the image database under the auspices of the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center's digital initiatives.


The source is available for many images and a citation for each image is also provided on the item view page. 

Please note the collection is password protected and those interested need to get in touch to receive the login details.

For queries related to database access, content and image collection, please write to Prof. Marvin Carlson at or Frank Hentscher at

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