Be sure to see Ed's recommendations for a core collection:

for Actors

for Animators

For Animators . . .


Animation World Network's site is chock full of good stuff for animators. It includes news of the day, who's where, reviews, links and a newsletter—plus, your's truly writes a blog for AWN!

One of the most popular sites for professional animators, co-edited by Jerry Beck and Amid Amidi. You will want to bookmark this.

My friend Angie Jones is a veteran animator and author, and her website is chock full of good advice, samples of her work, educational info and valuable links. Good stuff.

I like this site because it distills story down to a point where I can see the acting without having to play a game.

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For Actors . . .


Drama Book Shop

Located in New York since 1917, this is the best place to find acting editions of stage plays.


Complete movie scripts, available for downloading. These sites are operated by enthusiastic movie fans, the kind of people who will go to the trouble of putting complete scripts in cyberspace in the first place


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

This organization, based in Beverly Hills, sponsors the Academy Awards. It also is home to the Margaret Herrick Library, arguably the world’s premier source for film history and research.

The American Film Institute

AFI is an elite school for directors, cinematographers, editors, production designers, screenwriters and producers. It is also a repository for scripts and historical materials concerning the movie industry. AFI is closely intertwined with the professional film community in Hollywood.

Internet Movie Database

Contains entries – cast info, plots, etc – for two million movies plus TV series. It also contains filmographies for actors, directors and writers.


American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards

The Tony Awards are the theatre’s equivalent of Academy Awards. The awards ceremony is festive, entertaining and televised.

Playbill On-Line

Otherwise known as Theater Central. It contains the largest collection of theater links on the Internet.


Backstage: The Actor’s Resource

Backstage newspaper began in New York in the 1960s, primarily as a place where auditions were listed. Through various mergers and management changes, it is now bi-coastal, with “East” and “West” editions, and the main office is now in Los Angeles now, The website is good and informative.

Variety (daily)

Limited free access to website. After two or three on-line visits, you will be required to register and subscribe.


Actors Equity Association (AEA)

The union for stage actors and stage managers


The union for film, television, commercials, etc., born of a merger in 2012 between Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. If you intend to work as a professional actor in the U.S., sooner or later, you will have to join one of these unions.




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