Take a journey with content and videos that introduce you to the people and processes involved in transforming a play from the page to the stage.
Create, learn about and experience French-language theatre. Start by exploring the resources available here.
Explore Baroque to 21st Century orchestral music using multimedia. Learn about Canada's composers.
Listen to over 200 free, high quality archival recordings performed by the NAC Orchestra recordings since 1970.
View over 100 stage maquettes through vivid photos and archival records on scenic design.
The Secret Life of Costumes
Learn about this extraordinary collection created for productions at Canada’s NAC.
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ArtsAlive.ca – The Secret Life of Costumes
The NAC Collection
About Costume Design
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Activities & Resources
Activities & Resources
Dressing the Character
Character descriptions help you to browse The Secret Life of Costumes collection online. (For Teachers, Students, Theatre lovers)
The Costume Sketch
Design and present a costume sketch for a character from a play; activity for individual work or small groups if extensions are used. (For Teachers)
Activities For All
The following are activities that a parent, student or theatre lover could do individually, or initiate and share:
Go to the Gallery!
Off to the Library!
Get into Historical Fiction
Make your own silhouette
Make your Own Costume
Search the Web
A costume designer can differentiate among historical eras by looking at the shape of bodies in clothing. Can you do the same?
Who am I?
Who Does What in Wardrobe?
Glossary of Terms: True or False?
Advanced Glossary Quiz: Fill in the Blanks
Creative, Low-Cost Costuming Ideas
Here are some ideas to help get your started with your own productions or ones you’re involved with at school.
The Secret Life of Costumes Backstage: The Dresser's Point of View
An interesting "dance" goes on backstage. It ensures that onstage activity runs smoothly. Learn about it here.
Glossary of Terms
Brush up on your theatre lingo with this glossary of terms.
ArtsAlive.ca English Theatre: Costume Design
ArtsAlive.ca English Theatre Interviews
ArtsAlive.ca French Theatre: Creating Theatre
History of NAC English theatre
Associated Designers of Canada
Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec
NAC English Theatre
Così Fan Tutte
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