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Theatre Resources: Open Access Sources

Use this guide as a starting point for researching topics in theatre.

Streaming Theatre and Dance


  • BlueGobo musicals resurrected on videoYou’d never guess it from the name, but is basically YouTube for musical theatre geeks. YouTube itself is not short of the odd tune or two from musicals, but Bluegobo slightly ups the ante by including basic information on each show (even though many of the clips are from TV performances). Got another YouTube alternative you like whiling away the hours with? Share in the comments.
  • Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library
    preserves and makes accessible approximately 100 hours of video per year documenting the expression of social and political life through performance in the many cultures and political landscapes of the Americas.
  • On The Boards TV  
  • The Space  
  • Ubu Web  


Streaming Music

  • On The Boards TV  
      On the Boards is a center for contemporary performance located in Seattle, WA. Launched in January 2010, is an website for HD-quality contemporary performance films available for stream viewing via our university subscription. Filmed at On the Boards, as well as peer theaters across the country, the performances present a snapshot of the new works by current leaders in dance, theater and music.
  • The Space  
  • Ubu Web  "UbuWeb is a completely independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. 
    All materials on UbuWeb are being made available for noncommercial and educational use only. All rights belong to the author(s). 
    UbuWeb is completely free."

Everything Shakespeare

                           Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE)

The mission of the ISE is to inspire a love of Shakespeare's works in a world-wide audience by delivering open-access, peer-reviewed Shakespeare resources with the highest standards of scholarship, design, and usability. 

The Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) is a non-profit scholarly website publishing in three main areas: Shakespeare’s plays and poems, Shakespeare’s life and times, and Shakespeare in performance. Since 1996, the ISE website has been an innovator in providing academic resources for the online digital medium.



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