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Performing Arts Curriculum Resources

Dance, Acting, Drama, Theater, Costumes, Circus,
Playground Amusement, Special Events, and Festivals.

General Performing / Arts Resource
Dance Circus
Theater Costumes
Laban Movement Analysis Playground -- Amusements
Special Events -- Festivals


General Performing Arts Resource




Theatre Dictionary - Your video guide to theatre lingo

Screen Plays for example Some Like It Hot

My Favorite Story Teller Lord Buckley

  • Stagehand Primer Description of the activities of unionized theater stagehands. Includes a listing of the technical crew hierarchy, safety information, explanation of different types of theater spaces (such as proscenium and trust stages), and discussions of types of stagehand activities in stage carpentry, scene shop, electrics, sound, video properties, and wardrobe. From IATSE Local 470, the local section of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) labor union in Wisconsin.
  • Kennedy Center of Preforming Arts New Visions/New Voices is a week-long residency in May for playwrights and theatres to stimulate and support the creation of new plays and musicals for young audiences and families, culminating in a weekend festival of staged readings and discussions with professionals in the field from around the country.
  • features a directory of more than 1200 links that focus on the creating, producing and promoting aspects of theatres within the USA. Each category has additional links and sub-categories, such as playwrights, organizations, education and resources within the Creating category. This is good because there are only three main categories: Create in Writing, Promote in Theatres, and Produce on Stage. The production category looks at resources needed make stage productions happen like lighting, sound and costumes. Individual states are listed under Promotion with links promoting theatres in each state. All links have the dates added to the portal and a rating form. Annotation is for the most part very good.
  • IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) archive is the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today.
  • The Tonys Online
  • Samuel French, Inc.
    Play Publishers and Author's Representatives Founded in 1830 Samuel French pioneered the concept of providing published scripts to theatrical producing groups throughout the world. Samuel French seeks out the world's best plays and makes them available to the widest range of producing groups.
    Developed in part by the University of Exeter's School of Performance Art the aim of is "toeventually be the best resource for practical information and advice about technical theatre techniques for theatre folk at any level."





Costumes, Design and Technical



  • Philadelphia School of Circus Arts
  • Harry Ransom Center: Circus Collection
    Step right up to this collection and see hundreds of paper items related to the history of American circuses! This remarkable offering from the Harry Ransom Center draws on the work of noted showmen such as P.T. Barnum, Hageneck-Wallace, Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey. For anyone with an interest in American cultural history, entertainment, and related subjects, the collection is a wonderful find. All told, there are over 830 items here and visitors can search around by keywords, date of publication, format, or title. Some of the highlights here include posters for "Chang & Eng, the World Renowned Siamese Twins" and elaborate advertisements for the marriage of General Tom Thumb. Some visitors may also wish to sign up to receive email updates about the addition of new materials to the site.
    email: or the web:
    September - May: 1301 Henry Street, Berkeley CA 94709 (510) 525-4304, FAX (510) 528-8775
    June - August: PO Box 1359, Laytonville CA 95454 (707) 984-6507, FAX (707) 984-8087
  • Wavy Gravy Crown Prince of Woodstock
    Hippie icon Wavy Gravy is 71-years-old, but as Jon Kalish reports, he is still going strong with a slew of educational and social projects delivered in his trademark off-beat style.
  • Circomedia
    Centre for contemporary circus and physical performance
  • Circus Arts and Acrobatics
    A school, equipment store (eurotramp) and info on trapeze and more
  • Circus Caprioli
    Our circus and theater programs, on the streets, at home, or in your theater.
    Extensive link-list and searchengine for circus-links
  • Cirque du Soleil
    Homepage of the famous Canadian circus. Go for audition or a job.
  • Mainspace school of circus arts
    Main Space offers a variety of classes. Each class is geared towards a specific range of ages and skill levels. All classes are taught by professional instructors and circus artists.
  • San Francisco School of Circus Arts
    the mission of the San Francisco School of Circus Arts is to encourage and develop potential, character and spirit through circus arts
    Link page to online circuses and some practical help.

Playground / Amusement



Special events / Festivals