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Theatre 471: Fundamentals of acting in classical texts.: Web Sources

Finding resources for researching and preparing to perform classic texts


Web Sources

There are a lot of web sources that are considered legitimate & citable. These are sources found at libraries, theatre companies, and professional organizations that are providing access to materials that they own.

Examples of Theatre Companies' resources

The National Theatre has a huge amount of learning resources as well

The Royal Shakespeare Company has all sorts of amazing information on their website. Start at their page about their costume shop and wander out from there.


Libraries and Archives provide remarkable resources - examples of such things are


The New York Public Library

The Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival

Interpreting Tennessee Williams from the American Theatre Wing

The papers of Tennessee Williams are at Columbia University

The UWM Libraries has the photo archive from the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. You can see how local productions of Tennessee Williams' plays were presented

Other digital collections at the UWM Libraries might help you put plays in context. For example political upheaval that affects how a playwrite worked might be reflected in their setting for the play and photographs of a city in that time might give you an idea of why it was chosen. The UWM Digital Collections pages are all available from here

Professional Organizations

The American Theatre Wing Is dedicated to preserving the pat, celebrating the present, and fostering the future of American theatre nationwide (they run the Tony's). Lots of videos of interviews and such.

The Margaret Herrick Library of the Academic of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (the Oscars folks!) has an amazing array of materials on early film. Scanned journals, posters, even digitized film.


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