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 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 105 productions to date (in order of most recent):

105. FOR SERVICES RENDERED / Griffin Theatre Company

104. TOO HEAVY FOR YOUR POCKET / TimeLine Theatre Company

103. LIFE ON PAPER / Jackalope Theatre Company

102. THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH / Court Theatre

101. ETHIOPIANAMERICAN / Definition Theatre Company

100. FIRST LOVE IS THE REVOLUTION / Steep Theatre Company

99. YEN / Raven Theatre

98. CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND / Victory Gardens Theatre

97. SMALL WORLD / The New Colony

96. LOTTERY DAY / Goodman Theatre

95. DUTCH MASTERS / Jackalope Theatre Company

94. RED REX / Steep Theatre Company

93. HOODED, OR BEING BLACK FOR DUMMIES / First Floor Theater

92. HAYMARKET / Underscore Theatre Company

91. LINDA / Steep Theatre

90. TILIKUM / Sideshow Theatre Company

89. BULL IN A CHINA SHOP / About Face Theatre

88. MIES JULIE / Victory Gardens Theatre

87. THE LIGHT FANTASTIC / Jackalope Theatre Company

86. GRACE / Interrobang Theatre Project

85. BIRDLAND / Steep Theatre Company

84. LETTIE / Victory Gardens Theater
83. THE GENTLEMAN CALLER / Raven Theatre
82. WE’RE GONNA DIE / Haven Theatre
81. KINGDOM / Broken Nose Theatre
80. SIX CORNERS / American Blues Theater
79. SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY / Redtwist Theatre
78. FRANKLINLAND / Jackalope Theatre Company
77. INSURRECTION: HOLDING HISTORY: Stage Left Theatre
76. TRAITOR / A Red Orchid Theatre
75. THE LIGHT / The New Colony
74. FOR THE LOYAL / Interrobang Theatre Project
73. VIOLET / Griffin Theatre Company
72. I SAW MY NEIGHBOR ON THE TRAIN AND I DIDN’T EVEN SMILE / Redtwist Theatre
71. THE BELLE OF AMHERST / Court Theatre

70. SIGNIFICANT OTHER / About Face Theatre & Theater Wit
69. EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE / A Red Orchid Theatre
68. CARRIE 2: THE RAGE (AN UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY) / 

      Underscore Theatre Company
67. FOXFINDER / Interrobang Theatre Project

66. FUN HOME / Victory Gardens Theatre
65. THE HEAVENS ARE HUNG IN BLACK / Shattered Globe Theatre
64. MUTHALAND / 16th Street Theater
63. THE AUDIENCE / TimeLine Theatre Company
62. THE CIVILITY OF ALBERT CASHIER / Permoveo Productions i/a/w Pride Films and Plays

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
60. LELA & CO. / Steep Theatre
59. AN OCTOROON / Definition Theatre Company
58. NATIVE GARDENS / Victory Gardens Theater
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
46. A WONDER IN MY SOUAL / Victory Gardens Theatre
45. AT THE TABLE / Broken Nose Theatre
44. PEERLESS / First Floor Theater
43. THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE BLOCK / Teatro Vista
42. FACELESS / Northlight Theatre
41. BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY / Court Theatre
40. WINTER / Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
39. THE TEMPERAMENTALS / About Face Theatre
38. END OF THE RAINBOW / Porchlight Music Theatre
37. I AM MY OWN WIFE / About Face Theatre
36. BOBBIE CLEARLY / Steep Theatre
35. PARACHUTE MEN / Teatro Vista
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
7. THE DROWNING GIRLS / Signal Ensemble Theatre
6. MURDER BALLAD / Bailiwick Chicago Theater
5. THE JUNGLE / Oracle Productions
4. REALLY REALLY / Interrobang Theatre Project
3. RED / Redtwist Theatre
2. CIRCLE-MACHINE / Oracle Productions
1. THE WILD PARTY / Bailiwick Chicago Theater