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OER | Theatre and dance

On this webpage you will find  OER Theatre and Dance textbooks along with supplemental materials and a few lecture videos

The purpose of these discipline-specific pages is to display content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive.  The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here. 

Open Textbook Collections, Open Courseware, and General Resources

Future Learn - Performing Arts
Find specific courses on screenwriting, theater performance and film studies.

Google Arts & Culture
Explore collections from around the world with Google Arts & Culture, created by Google Cultural Institute.

Internet Archive: Digital Library
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more

MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

MIT Open Courseware - Music, and Theater Arts
MIT Open Courseware offers an extensive series of online courses, such as playwriting and philosophy in film. Course format generally includes lecture videos, interactive concept quizzes (solution key), problem sets, terms and definitions, suggested topics and links, and exams (with solution key).

OER Commons - Performing Arts
OER Commons provides a curated collection of textbooks and resources for the performing arts.

Open Textbook Library
Browse a selection of textbooks on theater and film studies.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia
Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia.

Snag Films
Snag Films has over 2,000 movies, TV show episodes, and eye-opening documentaries. Search dance, film, or theater to find related documentaries.

Theatre Studies

American Theatre Wing
This site offers collections of videos on Working in the Theatre and Career Guides.

The American Variety Stage
The American Variety Stage is a multimedia anthology selected from various Library of Congress holdings. Included are English and Yiddish playscripts.

Shakespeare's Hamlet: Text, Performance and Culture
Experts from the Shakespeare Institute guide an exploration of the most famous play ever staged.

DPLA Exhibit - The Show Must Go On! American Theater in the Great Depression
The Great Depression had an enormous impact on theatre across the United States.

Classrooms Full of Stars: Theater Games in the Social Sciences
Step-by-step instructions for teaching basic theater game techniques.

Journey of the Voice: Anatomy, Physiology and Care of the Voice
This study of the production of articulate sound can be thought of as a journey through a series of processes.

Project Gutenberg - One Act Plays Bookshelf
Project Gutenberg's book list of One Act Plays.

Memrise - Theatre
Uses images and audio to help memorize vocabulary. Interactive site that saves individual progress.

Dance Studies

American Ballet Theatre - Dictionary
The American Ballet Theatre's Online Ballet Dictionary is a unique interactive resource designed to bring dance to the Web and make it accessible to everyone. Dover Publications has graciously allowed the use of 170 terms from the Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, which are then demonstrated by ABT Company dancers.

Contemporary Dance
This resource provides tools, information and experience about the subject of Contemporary dance.

Dance Heritage Treasures
America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: provides information on the full range of American dance artistry, forms, and traditions. Includes some videos.

Dance Notation
Contains links to everything to do with dance notation.

PBS - Dance
PBS and our member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world.


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