NY: American Theatre Association, 1926. Original editions. Three items. (1) An 8-page brochure on the formation of the ATA, its purpose, dramatic festivals, etc. (2) A letter of invitation to join the ATA, noting 553 charter members and naming 32 of them, signed by Beatrice Mansfield, Commanding General. (3) Printed enrollment card, not filled in. Very Good. Item #036970
Founded as a non-profit-sharing corporation in 1925 "to foster all that is fine in the theatre," the ATA intended to create a repertory company and to fund a building for weekly productions of all 37 Shakespearean plays. Chapters were to be added "coast to coast," and original Broadway casts would be sent to the cities where these chapters were located. The brochure emphasizes the production of plays that "come up to the highest American traditions," encouraging "wider interest in the American drama in its native order of refined entertainment." According to the brochure, the Association's first Dramatic Festival was held on May 10-12, 1926, and featured scenes from plays as well as lectures and workshops with theatrical notables. We can find no record of whatever became of the ATA.