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Performance Design Archive Online: Home

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Theatre students and researchers can now truly see “behind the scenes” of the world’s greatest dramatic performances. Performance Design Archive Online is the first comprehensive, international collection that covers all aspects of theater production design, from the 17th century through to the present day, including, scenic and set design, lighting design, sound design, costume design, makeup, and more.

Performance Design Archive Online features 100,000 pages of primary and secondary resources, including sketches, photographs, technical drawings, monographs, articles, and dissertations. Primary resources include never-before-published designs and other crucial research material for diving deep into the history.  Secondary material, with titles such as Making Stage Props and Starting Your Career as a Theatrical Designer, offer practical support for the business of creating designs in professional applications.  The pairing of primary and secondary material allows for students at all levels to find content to suit their needs.

A special selection of videos commissioned by Alexander Street contains introductory and in-depth coverage of all topics related to contemporary design and scenography. Videos offer students instruction and demonstrations from design faculty at the University of California, Irvine: Jaymi Lee Smith, Lonnie Alcaraz, Vincent Olivieri, Dipak Gupta, and Marcy Froehlich.

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