Here is a collection of links that represent a sample of what is available online about Performance, Theatre, and/or New Media.


Theatre History on the Web

This is a comprehensive collection of links to theatre and performance related sites. It is grouped by historical eras (e.g. Medieval, Elizabethian, etc.) and theatrical interests (costumes, lighting, sound, etc.). It is managed by a theatre history professor cum videographer and his wife. It also includes several pages of other similar resources.

This rather uneven collection of articles on theatre history is unique in that most of the articles it contains were written in theatre magazines and anthologies in the early 20th century--most of them before 1930. Crusty as they are, the articles span an impressive swath of theatre history from most European countries, with a nod to the "Asian" theatre. Though the collection of full text scripts and monologues make it a somewhat more useful artifact, it is still interesting as a history of the history of the theatre. For a more up to date database, try the theatre database:


women of color, women of words

According to the homepage, "women of color, women of words is a site dedicated to African American women who have gifted, shaken up, and disturbed the theatre world with their powerful words. It is a testament to their courage and perseverance." It includes biographical information of these movers and shakers as well as extensive bibliographic sources which consist of works both by and about these authors. The site is managed by Angela Weaver, a reference liason librarian here at GMU. Don't forget to read the interview with her in this issue of ://english matters.


New Media Encyclopedia

Though the homepage says that the site has not been updated since September 2001, the value of the New Media Encyclopedia hardly suffers. It has a chronological listing of different artists using various electronic media in their performances--starting with John Cage in 1952--as well as a helpful glossary of terms, theories, theorists, and artists. It also has an alphabetical listing of artists--many of them French--and their works; some of these even have a sample of the work. The extensive bibliography is just icing on the cake. The site is also available in French and German.



An example of interactive, multimedia performance art. The Silo is an abandoned grain elevator in Montreal's old port that "due to changes in the global grain market...became obsolete and was closed in 1996." So a group has decided to put it to good use: it is now an echo chamber. Through a system of speakers and microphones, it is possible for people to upload sounds to be played in the silo and then hear--through a streaming feed--the "sonic inhabitants" of the silo. Give it a try.



Here is another artist's website. Australian performance artist STELARC "explores and extends the concept of the body and its relationship with technology through human-machine interfaces incorporating medical imaging, prosthetics, robotics, VR systems and the Internet." In addition to several statements about STELARC's philosophies on the body, the site contains many of his cyborg designs in various view. You can also make most of them move. Cool.


Black People Love Us!

This website is a performance in itself. This web installation piece by Chelsea and Jonah Peretti (who are not "Sally" and "Johnny"--they are played by actors) is "aimed at exposing some of the patronizing and condescending ways some whites attempt to relate to blacks." In addition to over-the-top stories about how well these two can get "down" with their "bros" and faux testimonials from Sally and Johnny's black friends, the site also contains several lengthy pages of feedback--good and bad. Definitely worth a look. But, as you will find, the site has none of this background information: it is presented as an authentic (though obviously satirical) personal website. For more of this background info, check out this story, which originally appeared on,


Though I am not sure just how well this fits with the theme, HOW + WHY is a website that is somewhere between a situationists' haven and It in includes some examples of the tech-mediated performance/happenings that people affilited with them put on (such as "Whirl Mart") as well as some examples of culture jamming. Overall, it is less of a resource and more of a critical novelty.

New York City Surveillance Camera Players

The original intent of this group was to stage happenings in protest of surveillance cameras in front of surveillance cameras. This is still the case, but the website notes, "The SCP no longer consider their primary audience to be the police officers and security guards who monitor the surveillance cameras installed in public places. Today, the SCP concentrate on the people who happen to walk by and see one of their performances." The website includes a few videos/photos of these happenings in NY, NY, Arizona, Stockholm, and Italy. It also has extensive maps of the placement of surveillance cameras throughout several metropolitan areas. It is performance art but it is largely engaging with rather than using technology.


...some dancers and musicians...


Both of these websites are focused on showing their artists' work in the arena of "" or technology enhanced performance. In addition to the online art galleries and documentation of live performances, these sites also feature more links to similar sites which, in addition to their online art galleries and documentation of live performances also feature more links to similar sites, and so on. In other words, if you are in the mood to spend an afternoon looking at some contemporary art, you don't mind not being seen by anyone but TIA, and it's too dreadfully cold outside to dream of heading to the museum, start browsing these links.


Seeing Ear Theatre

Distributed through the SciFi Channel's website, this collection of audio plays is worth a listen. It includes well-known actors performing in mostly original radio plays. They have a few featured works on the homepage, but the archives are impressive. At least close to 50+ works--most of them 45 minutes or longer. If nothing else, it's a good stop to make on a rainy day.

With all this talk of performance and technology, I am sure you are now ready to be a part of a performance. This website gives you the chance (though it may not be exactly what you had in mind.)