Arts Providers – Resources for Theatre
The American Theatre Wing
The official Web site of the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards, your connection to Broadway’s best. The site has archived information of past Tony Awards winners. The awards program is streamed live during the June broadcast.
Anne Frank House
“The Diary of Anne Frank” is part of California core literature and one of the most widely read books in the world. Using the play version is an excellent entry point where theatre, language arts, and social science intersect. The Anne Frank House is a museum where visitors are given the opportunity to personally envision what happened during the hiding period. Information on the different versions of the Diary is available. An award-winning CD-ROM (also available) depicts the building as it looked during the hiding period. The house was completely refurnished for the making of the CD-ROM. The photos of this reconstruction have been reworked into three-dimensional images. In this way the user can wander through all the rooms of the house. There is an Education section of the site containing additional information, including articles and notes for research. Note that some articles may not be appropriate for elementary or middle school students.
Bilingual Foundation of the Arts
Bilingual Foundation of the Arts is a nonprofit theater company, and the only full-time, professional bilingual theatre company on the West Coast. The Theatre-In-Education Program provides educational, theatrical presentations that engender self-esteem, as well as intercultural awareness and understanding among young children. In addition, “Theatre for Youth/Teatro para Los Juvenes” is a program that stimulates a forum for students’ response to issues facing adolescents in today’s world. All productions come complete with curriculum guides for pre and post-show class enrichment.
The Broadway Theatre Archive is an extensive catalogue of Broadway plays and great works of literature produced for television over the past five decades. Among them are the anthology series produced for the three major television networks and PBS, including “Great Performances,” “American Playhouse,” and “Theater in America.” A good resource for teachers, the tapes are available for purchase and the video clips are often enough to hook students looking for scenes. Teachers may want to review the clips before having students use them.
Broadway on Tour
Broadway on Tour (BOT) was founded by Daniel Halkyard in 1989 in Placentia, California, to provide a place for kids who wanted to perform on stage to learn in a professional manner. BOT has a long-term agreement with the historic Ebell Theater in Santa Ana, California, to produce one and two-hour musical matinee performances featuring characters and stories recognizable by kids from ages three-to-ten. Shows are performed by kids aged eight-to-eighteen, with auditions open to the public. In addition to the performances at the Ebell Theatre a touring group can be booked for community events. The Web site provides information on current performances, auditions, photos of performances, and map and seating information for the Ebell theatre.
The Detroit Institute of Arts
Considered on of the country’s top three museums, this site does do justice to the extensive 60,000 works on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The clean, bright pages are easy to navigate and the images are available in two viewing sizes. Current exhibits are not readily available, but past exhibits do have a strong presence. There is a large number of exhibitions available for viewing. Ranging from paintings, sculpture, and photography to samurai weapons and Islamic calligraphy, this Web site is a treat to visit. Over 150 of the works are from European artists that have been overlooked by other museums. Excellent representation of the Ash Can School and Tiffany glassworks. This site is extremely user-friendly.
English Server Drama Collection
This site contains a collection of original plays and screenplays, criticism, and links to other sites concerned with theatre. It publishes both classic and contemporary works.
The Folger Library
The Folger Library is one of the finest American sources for all things Shakespeare. The site contains material from present and past exhibits on Shakespeare and his time, as well as a forum for discussion of problems and questions one might encounter while performing or teaching Shakespeare. Information on Folger’s professional development for teachers is also available, in addition to a calendar of events and a page on performances and programs.
La Jolla Playhouse/
The La Jolla Playhouse has earned its place in international theatre. The Playhouse’s innovative productions of classics and new plays and musicals, including 23 world premieres, 24 West Coast premieres and four American premieres, have merited over 300 major honors, including the 1993 Tony® Award as America’s Outstanding Regional Theatre. Select Educational Outreach to learn about a variety of programs available to students and community members. A strong focus is present for students, including Summer Camp, Internship, and Conservatory Programs.
Motion Picture and Television Reading Room
This site is the starting point for searching the Library of Congress Motion Picture Collection. The library began collecting motion pictures as historical records in 1942. The Motion Picture Collection is searchable and the site has links and instructions for the research tools provided by the Library of Congress on their Web site. Linked to the site is the American Memory Motion Picture Collection which contains digitized motion picture clips from a variety of historical periods. A link is also provided to the American Memory Online Sound Recordings Collection, which includes digitized music from a variety of historical periods and recordings from Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment.
UCR – California Museum of Photography/
The California Museum of Photography, an off-campus department of UC Riverside, promotes understanding of photography and related media through collection, research, exhibition, and instruction. The museum’s goal is to empower the museum’s visitor with an understanding of the critical role photography and related media have had in shaping both society and the daily lives of individuals.