Malina, Judith, 1926-....

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Judith Malina, director, producer, poet, and actress, was born in Kiel, Germany and emigrated to New York before the War.

In 1948 she was married to the painter Julian Beck, and together they founded The Living Theatre. The Living Theatre had its inaugural season in 1951 at the Cherry Lane Theatre and later moved to a loft on 100th Street. The company, which was dedicated to a non-commercial theater that would be a part of the community and perform the works of contemporary artists, was known in this early period for its productions of works by Pirandello, Brecht, Stein, William Carlos Williams, Paul Goodman, Kenneth Rexroth and others. In 1959, after several years of preparation, The Living Theatre moved to a theater on 14th Street, where they performed until 1963 when failure to pay taxes forced the closure of the theater and the company's subsequent move to Europe.

From the description of Judith Malina diaries, 1947-1959. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122486604

Judith Malina, actress, director, producer and poet, was one of the founding members of the experimental theater group The Living Theatre. Born in Keil, Germany in 1926, Malina came to the United States before World War II. In 1948 she married painter Julian Beck and with the collaboration of Merce Cunningham, James Agee, John Cage and others formed a company that would challenge traditional theater norms. Their "living" theater reflected the hope of creating a non-commercial, community theater that invited audience participation.

The first performances of the Living Theatre were held in the Becks' New York apartment in 1951. Later that same year they moved to the Cherry Lane Theatre and opened their inaugural season with works by Gertrude Stein, Paul Goodman and Kenneth Rexroth. In 1954, the Living Theatre again relocated and was performing in a loft at 100th Street and Broadway.

By 1957, Malina and Beck were searching for a third location, found a vacant department store at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue, and began renovation. The diaries end at this point in the history of the Living Theatre.

From the guide to the Judith Malina diaries, 1947-1959, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

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creatorOf Malina, Judith, 1926-. Seven meditations on political sado-masochism [videorecording]. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963. Jean Cocteau letters and sketches, 1936-1956. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.). Living Theatre records, 1947-1975. University of California, Davis, Shields Library
referencedIn Mantegna, Gianfranco. Gianfranco Mantegna papers, 1959-1975. University of California, Davis, Shields Library
referencedIn Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. Film and video archive, 1938-2001. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Malina, Judith, 1926-. The Living Theatre [videorecording] : Heavy petting, part 2 ; Julian Beck performance. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Goodman, Paul, 1911-1972. Letters from Paul Goodman to Julian Beck and Judith Malina, 1958-1969. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Lust, Geraldine. Geraldine Lust Papers, 1959-1972, bulk 1960-1969. University of California, Davis, Shields Library
referencedIn Karl Bissinger Papers, 1950-1974 University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Bissinger, Karl. Karl Bissinger papers, 1950-1974. University of California, Davis, Shields Library
referencedIn James Tiroff notebooks and art works, 1962-1966 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.). Living Theatre designs, 1948-1967 and undated. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. The Living Theatre. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Mark Hall Amitin/ World of Culture for the Performing Arts, Inc. Archive, 1946-2001 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Gianfranco Mantegna Papers, 1959-1975 University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
creatorOf Malina, Judith, 1926-. Frankenstein [videorecording] / the Living Theatre. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Living Theatre designs, 1948-1967 and undated The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf O'Hara, Frank, 1926-1966. Amorous nightmares of delay : an ecologue / Frank O'Hara. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Hovhaness, Alan, 1911-2000. Alan Hovhaness letters to Judith Malina, 1953-1959. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.). Living Theatre records, 1945-1991. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn The Stefan Brecht Papers, Bulk, 1960-1980, 1960-2000 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn Robin Gibson and Luis Veiga Living Theatre Collection, 1974-1975 University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Alan Hovhaness letters to Judith Malina, 1953-1959 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Living Theatre Collection, 1951-1961 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Malina, Judith, 1926-. Judith Malina and Julian Beck at Hunter College, 3/15/1972 [videorecording]. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.). Living Theatre records, circa 1947-2007. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Malina, Judith, 1926-. Judith Malina diaries, 1947-1959. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Amitin, Mark Hall. Mark Hall Amitin/World of Culture for the Performing Arts, Inc. archive, 1946-2001. Churchill County Museum
creatorOf Malina, Judith, 1926-. Living with the Living Theatre with Nam June Paik [videorecording] ; Excerpts from Retrospectacle ; Retrospectacle, part 1. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Malina, Judith, 1926-. The Living Theatre [videorecording] : Retrospectacle, part 2 ; Heavy petting, part 1. New-York Historical Society
referencedIn Living Theatre records, 1945-1991 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Living Theatre Records, circa 1947-2007 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Judith Malina diaries, 1947-1959 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Tiroff, James, 1939-1975. James Tiroff notebooks and art works, 1962-1966. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Geraldine Lust Papers, 1959-1972, (bulk 1960-1969) University of California, Davis. General Library. . Dept. of Special Collections
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associatedWith Agee, James, 1900-1955 person
associatedWith Agee, James, 1909-1955. person
associatedWith Amitin, Mark Hall. person
associatedWith Beck, Julian person
associatedWith Beck, Julian. person
associatedWith Bissinger, Karl person
associatedWith Bissinger, Karl. person
associatedWith Cage, John person
associatedWith Cage, John. person
associatedWith Campbell, Joseph, 1904-1987 person
associatedWith Cocteau, Jean, 1889-1963. person
associatedWith Cunningham, Merce person
associatedWith Cunningham, Merce. person
associatedWith Day, Dorothy, 1897-1980. person
associatedWith Edelman, Richard person
associatedWith Edelman, Richard. person
associatedWith Gibson, Robin person
associatedWith Ginsberg, Allen, 1926-1997. person
associatedWith Goodman, Paul, 1911-1972. person
associatedWith Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003. person
associatedWith Hovhaness, Alan, 1911-2000. person
associatedWith Living Theatre (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Lust, Geraldine person
associatedWith Lust, Geraldine. person
associatedWith Mantegna, Gianfranco. person
associatedWith O'Hara, Frank, 1926-1966. person
associatedWith Schwartz, Lester. person
associatedWith Smith, Philip person
associatedWith Smith, Philip. person
associatedWith Tiroff, James, 1939-1975. person
associatedWith Veiga, Luis person
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Experimental theater
Peace movements--United States--History--20th century
Experimental theater--New York (State)--New York
Peace movements--20th century
Pacifists--United States--20th century
Pacifists--20th century
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