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About Us

Who We Are

The American Theatre Archives was conceived by Morgan Rusler and Matt Foyer, and originally developed by Pascal Marcotte and DataEmporium. The current development partner is Buzz Creative.

Morgan Rusler has worked in theatre, both onstage and behind the scenes, as a student, at the community level and professionally, for more than 40 years. He earned a BA in Theatre History at Whittier College and an MFA in Acting at the California Institute of the Arts. Morgan fully embraces the opportunity to give back to the community that has sustained his artistic, social and professional life for so many years.

Our Goal

Our only goal is to serve the theatre community. We believe ATA can be a significant tool for bringing the theatre world together as we welcome any and all participants from the student, to the enthusiast, to the polished professional. We see the database as a repository of our collective history and the primary go-to resource to research, discover and deepen connections. We are here to help knit the theatre world together on the World Wide Web, and to help you find what you need to make theatre.


Gina Farina 

Gina knows that “the play is the thing” from 25 years in legit theatre. She started as an usher at The Music Center of Los Angeles County and went on to Stage Manage musicals on the road and on Broadway. As a touring Stage Manager in the US and Canada, she has lived and breathed the varied disciplines and challenges of live entertainment production in more than 100 North American theaters. Tours include Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (Tony Nominated), including the A&E Video Production (Emmy Award), Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel, Jesus Christ Superstar with Carl Anderson, Camelot with Michael York and Happy Days the Musical. A member of The Enlightenment and a devotee of science and art, Gina is most thrilled to support the storytelling tradition of our culture to enhance the human experience.