"We're delighted to be in our new home at the Kaufman Astoria Studios," said TDF executive director Victoria Bailey in a statement. "KAS is a very exciting place. The creative, collaborative environment which flows through the building will be an asset in helping us forge new relationships while continuing to be easily accessible, both in person and online, to our existing customers."
The TDF Costume Collection had previously been housed in Manhattan at the Starrett-Lehigh Building. Though the collection is not open to the public, the professionally-designed theatrical costumes are accessible to not-for-profit theatre companies, schools, community groups and religious groups, as well as film and television productions.
The collection houses costumes and accessories contributed by Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, opera companies, and television and feature film productions. When productions close, costumes are often donated to the organization. Recent donations to the TDF Costume Collection have been from the Broadway productions of American Idiot and West Side Story, as well as "Men in Black III."
In 2010, 949 productions were mounted by 466 organizations in 33 states with costumes from TDF's collection.
Kaufman Astoria Studios, founded in 1920, is one of the largest film and television production centers on the East Coast. The studio has hosted numerous productions such as the Showtime hit "Nurse Jackie," "The Taking of Pelham 123," and the upcoming movies "The Smurfs" and "Men in Black III." In celebration of its 90th anniversary, the studio opened its newest stage, the 40,000 square-foot Stage K, in 2010. For more information, visit www.kaufmanastoria.com. Theatre Development Fund, which recently received a 2011 Mayor's Award for Arts and Culture, is the largest non-profit performing arts service organization in the United States. It is dedicated to encouraging diverse audiences for live theatre and dance, and strengthening the performing arts community in New York City. For more information, visit www.tdf.org.
The TDF costume collection in Kaufman Astoria Studios is located at 34-12 36th Street, Lower Level – Suite 1, Astoria. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9 AM-6 PM. The director of the TDF Costume Collection is Stephen Cabral. For more information, call (212) 989-5855.