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  • Costume Gallery  
    Browse the extensive collection of photos, research Viking footwear and medieval dress, study a guide to textiles, and participate in bulletin board discussions here. All facets of costume and its history from textiles through hairstyles are covered at this site, with commercial links to suppliers and designers.
  • Costume Page  
    A directory of thousands of costume and costuming-related links, for the benefit of those who make and/or study costumes. It includes sites for costumers, students, historical re-enactors, science fiction fans, dancers, theatrical costumers, and those interested in fashion, textile art, and costume history.
  • Jokesters Stage Makeup Design 101  
    Two professional makeup artists provide a complete curriculum treating subjects like nose putty, crepe hair and cuts, burns and blisters for their class at Towson State University.
  • Librarians’ Internet Index  
    Librarians' Internet Index. Librarian reviewed websites are suggested for a multitude of topics in the performing arts, film, TV and related arts.
    A database of over 12,000 plays, 5,000 writers, and 300 monologues "that can be searched by the parameters that count — cast size, length, synopsis." Profiles of plays feature a synopsis and details such as genre, number of characters, and royalty costs. Registration (free) required to rate plays and use forums.
  • Stage Lighting 101  
    Spots, floods, fresnels, Par64s - it's all here along with design methods, working with the rest of the design team, lighting plans and mechanics, and final section on education.
  • 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 thrust stages), and discussions of types of stagehand activities in stage carpentry, scene shop, electrics, sound, video properties, and wardrobe.
  • Working in the Theatre Seminars  
    The American Theatre Wing's panel discussion series brings together performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the Broadway theatre. Streaming video recordings of these seminars may be viewed here. Subjects include puppetry, performance, humor, specific productions, stage design, unions, critics and more.

Links and descriptions from Olympic College Theatre Production Techniques libguide.