A multimedia theatre platform has been launched to bring together listings for more than 1,000 digital theatre shows, as well as resources including podcasts and artist talks.
Entrepreneur and theatre fan Tyler Stoops created the platform Thespie to help people stay connected with theatre during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The site lists online arts offerings from organisations around the world including the National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and New York’s Metropolitan Opera, as well as Audible and Disney.
Some of the resources are available directly on Thespie, while others can be accessed through a link to the partner organisation’s website.
Users can filter to their favourite genres and maintain a list of things they want to save for later, as well as access lists of other titles that may interest them based on their selections.
As well as recorded and live-streamed theatre performances, the site also includes audio dramas, ebooks about theatre, scripts and songbooks, digital exhibits, student guides and family activities related to theatre.
While some shows and resources are ticketed or paid for, the site itself is free for users and free listings on the site are available to all arts organisations.
Thespie does not sell tickets or process transactions, but links through to the partner site. Thespie does not make any profit from the content, except for a small segment of the commercial listings such as ebooks.
Stoops, who has worked for organisations including the Santa Fe Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and Walt Disney Studios, said: “I’ve been so humbled by the generosity of spirit displayed by artists and theatremakers during this crisis, and our ambition at Thespie is to amplify their work so it can reach as broad an audience as possible.”