The Chicago Film Archive of Performance (C-FAP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in August of 2013 by Drew Blau, a Chicago-based film coordinator, MapMaker, and theatrical entrepreneur.


Housed at the Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center, CFAP is committed to establish, maintain, and develop filmed recordings of live theatre and dance, interviews/dialogues with notable theatrical figures, and theatre award ceremonies.  With a goal of documentation and preservation, archived films provide an educational and artistic resource for the Chicago community and theatrical history.


Recognized as one of America’s premier cities for regional theatre, Chicago holds the distinction of housing the most companies to have received the Regional Theatre Tony Award.  Additionally, the League of Chicago Theatres serves over two hundred member theatres featuring emerging storefront theatres, midsize established troupes, and large institutions.


Productions are chosen for their cultural, historical, aesthetic, and educational value.  Premiers, unique events, community interest, and contributions of particular value by performers, directors, and/or designers are given special consideration in selecting productions to archive.  The Executive Director makes the final selection based on suggestions from the Board of Directors and recommendations of the Joseph Jefferson Committee, the judging body of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards.


C-FAP has preserved 85 productions to date (in order of most recent):


85. BIRDLAND / Steep Theatre Company

  1. 84.LETTIE / Victory Gardens Theater

  2. 83.THE GENTLEMAN CALLER / Raven Theatre

  3. 82.WE’RE GONNA DIE / Haven Theatre

  4. 81.KINGDOM / Broken Nose Theatre

  5. 80.SIX CORNERS / American Blues Theater

  6. 79.SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY / Redtwist Theatre

  7. 78.FRANKLINLAND / Jackalope Theatre Company

  8. 77.INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY: Stage Left Theatre

  9. 76.TRAITOR / A Red Orchid Theatre

  10. 75.THE LIGHT / The New Colony

  11. 74.FOR THE LOYAL / Interrobang Theatre Project

  12. 73.VIOLET / Griffin Theatre Company

  13. 72.I SAW MY NEIGHBOR ON THE TRAIN AND I DIDN’T EVEN SMILE / Redtwist Theatre

  14. 71.THE BELLE OF AMHERST / Court Theatre

  15. 70.SIGNIFICANT OTHER / About Face Theatre & Theater Wit

69. EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE / A Red Orchid Theatre

  1. 68.CARRIE 2: THE RAGE (AN UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY) / Underscore Theatre Company

  2. 67.FOXFINDER / Interrobang Theatre Project

  3. 66.FUN HOME / Victory Gardens Theatre

  4. 65.THE HEAVENS ARE HUNG IN BLACK / Shattered Globe Theatre

  5. 64.MUTHALAND / 16th Street Theater

  6. 63.THE AUDIENCE / TimeLine Theatre Company

  7. 62.THE CIVILITY OF ALBERT CASHIER / Permoveo Productions i/a/w Pride Films and Plays

  8. 61.A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT SLOAN-KETTERING MEMORIAL CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY / Route 66 Theatre Company

  9. 60.LELA & CO. / Steep Theatre

  10. 59.AN OCTOROON / Definition Theatre Company

  11. 58.NATIVE GARDENS / Victory Gardens Theater

  12. 57.BRIGHT HALF LIFE / About Face Theatre

56. RELATIVITY / Northlight Theatre

55. AMERICAN HERO / First Floor Theater

54. WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS? / Victory Gardens Theater

53. LADY X: THE MUSICAL / Hell in a Handbag Productions

52. QUEEN / Victory Gardens Theater

51. BY THE WATER / Northlight Theatre

50. BORN YESTERDAY / Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

49. THE KID THING / Nothing Without a Company

48. FALLING / Interrobang Theatre Project

47. URINETOWN / BoHo Theatre

  1. 46.A WONDER IN MY SOUAL / Victory Gardens Theatre

  2. 45.AT THE TABLE / Broken Nose Theatre

  3. 44.PEERLESS / First Floor Theater

  4. 43.THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE BLOCK / Teatro Vista

  5. 42.FACELESS / Northlight Theatre

  6. 41.BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY / Court Theatre

  7. 40.WINTER / Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

  8. 39.THE TEMPERAMENTALS / About Face Theatre

  9. 38.END OF THE RAINBOW / Porchlight Music Theatre

  10. 37.I AM MY OWN WIFE / About Face Theatre

  11. 36.BOBBIE CLEARLY / Steep Theatre

  12. 35.PARACHUTE MEN / Teatro Vista

  13. 34.HAND TO GOD / Victory Gardens Theater

33. MAN IN THE RING / Court Theatre

32. THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH / Greenhouse Theater & Sideshow Theatre Company

31. NAPERVILLE / Theater Wit

30. ROSE / Greenhouse Theater

29. BLOODSHOT / Greenhouse Theater & Ingenious Purpose Ltd

28. MAN OF LA MANCHA / The Marriott Theatre

27. THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND / Victory Gardens Theater

26. NORTHANGER ABBEY / Lifeline Theatre

25. PROWESS / Jackalope Theatre Company

24. THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN / Stage Left Theatre

23. AT MISTER KELLY’S / Three Cat Productions

22. HAYMARKET: THE ANARCHIST’S SONGBOOK / Underscore Theatre Company

21. SENDER / A Red Orchid Theatre

20. THE FEW / Steep Theatre

19. UNITED FLIGHT 232 / The House Theatre of Chicago

18. ROLLING / Jackalope Theatre Company

17. POSH / Steep Theatre

16. THE HAIRY APE / Oracle Production

15. YASMINA’S NECKLACE / 16th Street Theater

14. LE SWITCH / About Face Theatre

13. ANIMALS OUT OF PAPER / Shattered Globe Theatre

12. BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI / The New Colony & Definition Theatre Company

11. NO WAKE / Route 66 Theatre Company

10. MISS BUNCLE’S BOOK / Lifeline Theatre

9. DIRECT FROM DEATH ROW THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS / Raven Theatre

8. PORCELAIN / Prologue Theatre Company

  1. 7.THE DROWNING GIRLS / Signal Ensemble Theatre

  2. 6.MURDER BALLAD / Bailiwick Chicago Theater

  3. 5.THE JUNGLE / Oracle Productions

  4. 4.REALLY REALLY / Interrobang Theatre Project

  5. 3.RED / Redtwist Theatre

  6. 2.CIRCLE-MACHINE / Oracle Productions

1. THE WILD PARTY / Bailiwick Chicago Theater

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