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Squat Theatre Archives.

Collection Number: D-039

Audio-visual materials, correspondence, ephemera, financial records, legal documents, photographs, programs, promotional materials, and scripts, providing an extensive historical record of the expatriate Hungarian theatre troupe from the time of its inception in Budapest in 1969 to its activities in the avant-garde theatre scene in New York City during the 1980's. Squat Theatre began in 1969 as the Kassak Studio in Budapest, Hungary. Pressured by the Hungarian government because of its political and aesthetic radicalism, the group left Hungary in 1976. Calling itself Elephant Theatre, the troupe performed in western Europe for one year. Then, adopting the name Squat Theatre they emigrated to the U.S. Squat received an Obie Award in 1978 for its original piece entitled Pig, Child, Fire and has since established itself as an important part of New York's avant-garde theatre.

Finding Aid

Finding Aid on the Online Archive of California

Inclusive Dates



14.5 linear feet


Performing Arts