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OER: Open Educational Resources

Theater Textbooks

      An Introduction to Technical Theatre by Tal Sanders (2018): Tualatin Books.

Introduction to Technical Theatre’s accessible format is ideal for students at all levels, including those studying technical theatre as an elective part of their education. The text’s modular format is also intended to assist teachers approach the subject at their own pace and structure, a necessity for those who may regularly rearrange their syllabi around productions and space scheduling.


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      Theatrical Worlds  by Charles Mitchell (2014): University of Florida, Gainesville.

From the University of Florida College of Fine Arts, Charlie Mitchell and distinguished colleagues from across America present an introductory text for theatre and theoretical production. This book seeks to give insight into the people and processes that create theater. It does not strip away the feeling of magic but to add wonder for the artistry that make a production work well.


book cover      Technical Theatre Practicum by Christopher Boltz (2019): College of the Canyons. 

Technical Theatre Practicum is an introduction to the exciting world of technical theatre. Studying this topic can lead to many different careers in several different sectors of the economy. The general skills needed for any of the careers or sectors have many things in common. Workers need to be dead-line oriented. Critical thinking and analysis are much needed skills. Almost every project in the field is unique and technicians and designers alike must discover the best way of reaching a project’s goal. Technicians draw on their vast experience of what worked in the past that can be adapted to be a solution to the current problems. Clear communication and collaboration round out the necessary skills. No technical theatre project is ever handled by one person on their own. Collaboration with many people is the norm, and successful collaboration requires clear written and verbal communication skills.


book cover      Actors and the Art of Performance by Susanne Valerie (2016): Palgrave Macmillan. 

Acting on stage is a mode of performing an action, in the context of which the bodily aspects implicitly at work in acting reveal their own significance and power. This event can actualize a wound incarnated in human beings, because the actor acts and does not act at the same time and hence the concept of being ‘the doer’ unmasks itself as being illusionary. The book “Actors and the Art of Performance. Under Exposure” opens with a cascade of contradictory motives for becoming an actor. But, if theatre is no longer understood as a theatre of representation, then what takes place on stage is a transformation at play with truth, in which ethics are realized by the aesthetic. Insofar the book summarizes the attempt to explore and map guidelines of acting as being under the perspective of be-coming. That may sound fairly harmless in theory, but it feels anything but harmless when you experience it on your own body.


book cover      Playwriting by Nick Garcia (2020): Los Medanos College/LibreTexts. 

This text covers the basics of writing scripts for stage performances, including the writing process, research and creativity, themes, conflict, story types, setting, characters and story archetypes, plot, dialogue, developing characters, scenes, and an overview of the entire process. Includes a collection of writing exercises to test students' skills and help them generate ideas. 

Theater OER Courses

Additional Resources

American Variety Stage (Library of Congress)

Anatomy, Physiology and the Care of the Voice (Eric Armstrong)

Ancient Greek Drama (WikiSource)

History of Costume by Braun & Schneider (siue.edu)

Improvisation Recipe Book (LibreTexts)

Monologue Search (actorama.com)

Music & Theatre Arts Course List (MIT OpenCourseWare)

One-Act Plays (Project Gutenberg)

Open Source Shakespeare (opensourceshakespeare.org)

Performing Arts Encyclopedia (Library of Congress)

Play Database (playdatabase.com)

Theatre Course List (Memrise)

Theatre and Film Bookshelf (LibreTexts)

Theatre and Performance Encyclopedia (Library of Congress)

Voice and Diction (Hamilton Theatre)

Voice Recipe Online (Miami Ohio University)

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