During almost 30 years of teaching, I have discovered that my students and textbooks don’t get along well. Theatre history texts are the worst: there’s just so much data that seems irrelevant and impractical to them (and they are phenomenally expensive!). The problem doesn’t seem to be a lack of intellect or curiosity; the problem seems to be the flurry of words divorced from the visual and kinetic stimulation they know and expect. Having grown up with television and computers, they are a watching rather than a reading generation: the “show” is as important to them as the “tell.”
The purpose of this site, therefore, is to share visual materials–primarily videos and pictures–that I have found valuable in teaching theatre history. Perhaps other teachers and students will find them informative and engaging.
Note that most of these videos come from youtube and vimeo. If links become broken, let me know.