Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute

The Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute supports researchers, students, and life-long learners in journeys of discovery that lead to new knowledge, scholarship, and creative works through exploration and deep engagement with extraordinary performing arts resources.


Our holdings include personal papers; costume, scene, lighting designs; technical theatre documentation; costumes; models of stage sets; photographs; posters; artwork; dance notation; video and sound recordings; realia and so much more, making this special collection an extraordinary resource for researchers, students, and life-long learners.

The Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute is associated with The Ohio State University Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts and the Department of Dance.  


Theatre is the universal means of expression. It embraces all of the arts through which human minds seek to reach one another.

- Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, November, 1986