WAPAVA Builds a Performing Arts Archive

Capturing the history of Washington’s performing arts scene as it unfolds, WAPAVA is a small organization building a huge legacy.

decided at age 50 to give up his work as an urban planner to dedicate his time and energy to the local theatre scene. In 1993 he founded Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA), one of only two organizations in the country with permission from Actors’ Equity to record and archive digital copies of professional performing arts productions. Although Taylor passed away in 2005, WAPAVA remains committed to his vision of building a Washington performing arts archive as an educational and artistic resource.

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