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Backstage World is a great online tool for those who work showbiz and want to learn about the latest sound and light equipment, price lists, or equipment rental information.
Information on shows, reviews, auditions, news, jobs, and industry information related to both On-and Off-Broadway productions.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
This site from MIT has offered Shakespeare's plays and poetry to the Internet community since 1993.
With the goal of listing every play written or produced in English since 1956, the year John Osborne's seminal play Look Back in Anger was first performed at the Royal Court in London, this free online database includes playwrights, plays, literary agents, publishers, theatres, and more.
George and Ira Gershwin
Licensing and rental information, resources, and a full catalog of works by George and Ira Gershwin.
Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms
Searchable glossary of over 2290 technical theatre terms. Also has information on shows and venues.
Internet Broadway Database
Discover Broadway, including shows, theatres, awards, statistics, characters, songs, and more.
Searchable database of comedic, dramatic, and classical monologues for men, women, children and seniors.
The Monologue Database
Searchable database of a continually growing collection of monologues.
Explore Broadway shows from 1946 through the present.
The Public Theater is theater of, by, and for all people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic, The Public continues the work of its visionary founder Joe Papp as a civic institution engaging, both on-stage and off, with some of the most important ideas and social issues of today.
Rodgers and Hammerstein
Put on a show, license a song, watch videos, or buy sheet music created by one of the greatest songwriting duos in American musical theater, Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The Globe is a world-renowned theatre, education centre, and cultural landmark, located in London, that provides Shakespeare for all, in-person and online. Stream Shakespeare plays, access resources, listen to podcasts, discover educational opportunities, and more.
Everything a good stagehand need to know!
Theatre Finder is a comprehensive, web-based, world-wide guide to historic theatres over 100 years old.
The Theatre Times
TheTheatreTimes.com is a non-partisan, global theatre portal that launched in November 2016. TheTheatreTimes.com has published over 3,400 articles covering theatre in 90 countries and regions, and features 30 thematic sections, 140 Regional Managing Editors, over 60 media partners around the world, and more than 60,000 followers on social media.
The Tony Awards
Learn the history of the Tony Awards, watch the Awards online, view photo galleries, and search past winners and nominees.
Collection of Historic Dress
From 19th-century Parisian couture to chic World War II skirt suits to 1970s evening gowns, UVA’s collection - curated by Drama Professor Gweneth West - offers a poignant look at the fashions of the past.
The Costar Archives
The Consolidated Clothing and Costumes Archives, Costar for short, is hosted by the Costume Program in the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and features two collections to visit and explore.
The Costume Institute
The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a collection of more than 35,000 costumes and accessories spanning five continents and just as many centuries.
Explore fashion history, trends, and costume resources through the decades.
Performing Arts in Our Community
The Musical Theatre Guild of Butler
MTG is a community-based theatre group specializing in the production of Broadway-style musicals. Their major productions are presented at the Succop Theater at BC3. In July the Guild also presents small-scale musicals in Butler's Memorial Park.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Find a variety of resources and learn about the dancers, performances, and community and summer programs offered by PBT.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Find information for all organizations that are part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, including the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, CLO, Opera, and Public Theater. Buy tickets, explore educational opportunities, learn how to support the Trust, and more.
This historic theater, built in 1914, shows movies and provides live Broadway-style performances for the Zelienople community and surrounding areas.
Professional Associations and Organizations
Actors' Equity Association
Founded in 1913, AEA represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers nationwide. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans.
American Association of Community Theatre
AACT is a national community theatre organization, whose chief goal is to enable community theatres across the country to become the cornerstones of the creative life of their communities—to provide quality entertainment, intellectual stimulation, challenge and opportunity, and to be worthy contributors to an improved quality of life for the communities which they serve.
American Society for Theatre Research
ASTR is a U.S.-based professional organization that fosters scholarship on worldwide theatre and performance, both historical and contemporary.
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
An advocate for the field of theatre and performance in higher education, ATHE serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity.
International Society for the Performing Arts
ISPA works to strengthen the performing arts globally through the advancement of leadership, the exchange of ideas, and by fostering a diverse and engaged membership.
Performance Studies International
PSi is a professional association founded in 1997 to promote communication and exchange among artists, thinkers, activists and academics working in the field of performance.
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
SDC unites, empowers, and protects professional Stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the U.S. by protecting the rights, health and livelihoods of all our Members; negotiating and enforcing employment agreements; facilitating the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities; and educating current and future generations of directors and choreographers.
Theatre Communications Group
Since 1961, TCG has existed to strengthen, nurture, and promote professional theatre in the U.S. and globally. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through research, communications, and events, advocates for theatre on the federal level, and awards approximately $2 million per year in grants and scholarships.
TED Talk: Why Theater is Essential to Democracy
Other Related TED Talks
Check out these video series of educational and inspiring talks and performances, filmed at TED conferences and events.