Who do you think will be most interested in seeing this archive?
Researchers, theatre practitioners and certainly the local community.
What does this mean for Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh is now the place of August Wilson’s legacy forever — between the archive, the AW Cultural Center, the August Wilson House, the Playwrights Theatre, and countless other organizations and initiatives, it will be the place where his life and work will live forever.
Once the archive is processed, it will be open to anyone (as all of our archives and special collections are). I can envision multiple uses — a high school student writing an essay on the history of African American art, a researcher or a citizen studying racial tensions in Pittsburgh, an actor looking for clues to a character in an August Wilson play they are playing. And countless others.
I should also mention that once we’ve processed the archive we envision a lot of programming around it and all of that programming will be open to the local community.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.