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A guide to resources for Technical Theater students and faculty at Austin Community College


Welcome to the Technical Theater Research Guide! Use the tabs across the top of the page to navigate through the different sections of this guide. Tabs with an arrow have sub-pages.

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How to Search for Technical Theater Information

There are several types of information available to Technical Theater students through the ACC libraries, both in print form and electronically. The tabs along the top of the page provide details on the different types of resources listed below:


You can find a good selection of plays in our book collection. A book can also provide detailed background and historical information on dramatists and landmark stage productions, as well as literary criticism.

Reference Books

This covers encyclopedias, atlases, and other resources that are referred to for specific information. Go to these for definitions, shorter explanations, historical and biographical sketches.


Articles from journals, magazines, and major newspapers are the primary source for recent reviews and literary criticism on recently published plays and current stage productions. ACC databases can help connect you to these articles.

Web Sites

The internet can provide a wealth of information, especially from government sources and professional organizations.


Drama Apps

Apps (little software applications) allow you to customize your tablet to do the things you like to do. Some of the apps listed are free, while others are fee-based. Additionally, some apps are initially free, and then require in-app purchases if more features and functionality are desired. Listed, you will find some app recommendations we have come up with through trial, error, and our own experiences.

ACC Library Services does not endorse any fee-based apps nor it is liable for reimbursement of any apps paid for by patrons. Please refer to the Tablet Circulation Policy for further details.

Scene Partner App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Scene Partner-Upload any script to your private library and download it to Scene Partner for free. Includes the cast, listen, and record features. Additional features are extra. (iOS)

StageHand App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
StageHand-Allows easy dip switch and light beam calculations for stage hands or anyone with an interest in lighting equipment. (Android)

Technical Theatre Assistant App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Technical Theatre Assistant-Intended for stage crew members involved in construction. Allows carpenters to generate cut-lists and diagrams for set pieces and has calculators to help with carpentry tasks. (Android)

Drama Resource App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
Drama Resource-Drama games, techniques, strategies, lesson plans, reviews and resources. (iOS

Shakespeare Pro - 41 plays, 154 sonnets, and 6 Shakespearean poems. (Android)

ShowTool SM App-please select iOS or Android below to access the app
ShowTool SM-A comprehensive suite of Stage Management utilities including the ability to time your show, create a database of all your marks, and create checklists and prop lists. (iOS)

Pocket Call Sheet - Create industry standard call sheets from any iDevice and send them to your cast and crew. (iOS)  

StageHand - Easily complete DIP switch and light beam calculations. ( Android


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