Whether looking for historical context, interviews, reviews or biographical information, the careful researcher ignores newspapers at his/her peril. News resources are especially helpful for finding information about contemporary authors and playwrights who are not yet the subjects of scholarly attention.
A Guide to Critical Reviews. 3rd ed.
Main Stack PN 1654 .A12 .S23 1984
New York Theatre Critics' Reviews. 1940-1994.
Main Stack PN 1601 .N48
National Theatre Critics' Reviews. 1995-6. James M. Salem.
Main Stack PN 1601 .N48
The New York Times theater reviews. 1870-2000.
Doe Reference PN 2277 N5 .N482, Library has: CUMULATIVE INDEXES: 1870-1970
Review of the Arts, 1975-1996.
New/Micro MICROFICHE 30355d; Guide MICROFICHE 30355d guide
Theatre Record/London Theatre Record, 1981-
Main Stack PN 2596 .L6 .L66, 1991-1998 stored in NRLF
Acting : an International encyclopedia. Ed. Beth Osnes. Santa Barbara, California ; Denver Colorado : ABC-CLIO, c2001.
Main Stack PN 2035 .O84 2001
Analytical sourcebook of concepts in dramatic theory. Oscar Lee Brownstein and Darlene M. Daubert. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1981.
Doe Reference PN 1631 .B7
Critical survey of drama. Ed. Carl Rollyson. 2nd rev. ed. 8 vols. Pasedena, CA: Salem Press, 2003. Doe Reference PN1625. C68 2003
Enciclopedia dello Spettacolo. Roma: Casa editrice Le Maschere, 1954-62.
Doe Reference, Music Reference PN 1625.E52
Still the most comprehensive international performing arts encyclopedia.
Enciclopedia dello spettacolo: Aggriornamento 1955-1965. Roma: Unione Editoriale, 1955-65.
Doe Reference PN 1625 .E52 agg
Encyclopedia of Asian theatre. Ed. Samuel L. Leiter. Westport: Greenwood, 2007. 2 vols. Doe Reference PN 2860.E53 2007
Encyclopedia of Latin American theater. Edited by Eladio Cortes and Mirta Barrea-Marlys. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2003.
Doe Refe PQ7082.D7 E63 2003
Encyclopedia of stage lighting. Jody Briggs. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2003. Main PN2091.E4.B66 2003
The encyclopedia of the New York stage, 1930-1940. Samuel L. Leiter. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.
Doe Reference PN 2277 .N5 .L364 1989
The encyclopedia of the New York stage, 1940-1950. Samuel L. Leiter. New York: Greenwood Press, 1992.
Doe Reference PN 2277 .N5 .L365 1992 ebook via North American Theatre Online
The Encyclopedia of world theater: with 420 illustrations and an index of play titles. New York : Scribner, 1977.
NRLF PN 2035 .E52 1977
Moffitt PN 2035 .E52 1977
Historical dictionary of African Amrican theater. Anthony D. Hill with Douglas Q. Barnett. Lanham: Scarecrow, 2009. Doe Reference PN 2270.A35.H53 2009
The historical encyclopedia of costume. Albert Racinet. New York, N.Y.: Facts on File, 1988.
Main and NRLF fGT510.R3313 1988
McGraw-Hill encyclopedia of world drama, 2d ed.
Doe Reference fPN 1625 .M3 1984;
NRLF fPN 1625 .M3 1984
The Oxford encyclopedia of theatre & performance. Edited by Dennis Kennedy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. 2 vols.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .O92 2003 ebook
Paulys realencyclopadie der classischen altertumswissenschaft. August Friedrich von. Pauly.
Doe Reference DE 5 .P3 1957
Art History/Classics Library and Doe Reference DE 5 .P3 1957
Vaudeville old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performers in America. Frank Cullen et. al. New York: Routledge. 2007. PN 1968.U5.C85 2007
The world encyclopedia of contemporary theatre. Ed. Don Rubin. London; New York: Routledge, 1994-2000. 6 vols.
Main PN 2035 .W67 1994
The Cambridge companion to medieval English theatre. Edited by Richard Beadle and Alan J. Fletcher. 2nd ed. Cambridge, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Main Stack PN 2587 .C36 2008
The Cambridge companion to English Renaissance drama. Edited by A.R. Braunmuller and Michael Hattaway. 2nd ed. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Main Stack PR 651 .C36 2003
The Cambridge guide to African and Caribbean theatre. Edited by Martin Banham, Errol Hill, George Woodyard. Cambridge; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Doe Reference PN 2969 .C36 1994
The Cambridge guide to American theatre. Ed. by Don B. Wilmeth. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Doe Reference PN 2220 .C35 2007
The Cambridge guide to Asian theatre. Edited by James R. Brandon. Cambridge; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Doe Reference PN 2860 .C35 1993
The Cambridge guide to theatre. Ed. by Martin Banham. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .C27 1995
The Continuum companion to twentieth century theatre. Edited by Colin Chambers. London; New York : Continuum, 2002.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .C65 2002
Key concepts in drama and performance. Kenneth Pickering. 2d ed. New York: Palgrave, 2010. Main PN 1579.P53 2010
The Oxford companion to the theatre. 4th ed. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .H3 1983 Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre
The Oxford companion to American theatre. 3rd ed. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Doe Reference PN 2220 .B6 2004 Online
American and English Popular Entertainment: A Guide to Information Sources. Don B. Wilmeth. Detroit: Gale Research Co., c1980.
Main Stack and Moffitt GV 1815 .A12 .W53
American Theater and Drama Research: An Annotated Guide to Information Sources, 1945-1990. Irene Shaland. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1991.
Doe Reference PN 2266.3 .A12 .S53 1991
American theatre history: an annotated bibliography. Thomas J. Taylor. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 1992.
Main Stack and Doe Reference PN 2221 .A12 .T39 1992
American theatrical periodicals, 1798-1967; a bibliographical guide. Carl J. Stratman. Durham, N.C., Duke University Press, 1970.
Doe Reference PN 1560.A12 .S8
Asian theatre: a study guide and annotated bibliography. Ed. James R. Brandon. Washington, D.C.: University and College Theatre Association, 1979.
Main Stack PN 2860 .A12 .A84
The Best plays and the year book of the drama in America. New York, Dodd, Mead, 1899/1909-1946/47. 30 vol.
Main Stack and NRLF PN 6112 .B45; NRLF PN 6112 .B45
The Best plays and the year book of the drama in America. New York, Dodd, Mead, 1950/51-1951/52. 2 vol.
Main Stack and NRLF PN 6112 .B45; NRLF PN 6112 .B45
Bibliographic guide to theatre arts. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1976-
Main Stack PN 1584 .A12 .B5, last 10 years in Doe Reference
A bibliography of British dramatic periodicals, 1720-1960. Carl Joseph Stratmen. New York, New York Public Library, 1962.
Main Stack PN 2581.A12 S7
Bibliography of costume. Hilaire and Meyer Hiler. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1939.
Main Stack GT 506 .H5 1939
Bibliography of theatre technology: acoustics and sound, lighting, properties, and scenery. John T. Howard, Jr. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1982.
Main Stack and Moffitt PN 2091 .S8 .A12 .H68 1982
Black American playwrights, 1800 to the present: a bibliography. Esther Spring Arata. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1976.
Doe Reference PS 153.N5 .A12 .A73 1976
More Black American playwrights: a bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1978.
Doe Reference PS 153 .N5 .A12 .A73
Black theatre and performance: a pan-African bibliography. John Gray. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.
Main Stacj and Doe Reference PN 2969 .A12 .G7 1990
British theatre: a bibliography, 1901 to 1985. John Cavanagh. Mottisfont: Motley, 1989.
Doe Reference PN 2581 .A12 .C28 1989
Cumulated Dramatic index, 1909-1949; a cumulation of the F.W. Faxon Company's Dramatic index. Boston, G.K. Hall, 1965.
Doe Reference AJ3 .D72 \f\ Periodical Indexes
A composite photographic reproduction of the actual entries as they were originally printed in the 41 annual volumes of the Dramatic index, which first appeared as part II of Faxon's Annual magazine subject index.
Dictionnaire des personnages littéraires et dramatiques de tous les temps et de tous les pays : poésie, théâtre, roman, musique. 3. ed. Paris: Societe d'edition de dictionnaires et encyclopedies, 1970.
Doe Reference PN 56.4 .D5 1970
A Guide to Reference and Bibliography for Theatre Research. Claudia Jean Bailey. Columbus, Ohio : Ohio State University Libraries, 1983.
Main PN 1620 .A1 .A12 .B15 1983
Guide to the performing arts. New York, N.Y. : Scarecrow Press, 1960-1972.
Main Stack ML 118 .G85; NRLF ML 118 .G85 1957-1966, 1968
International bibliography of theatre. Sponsored by the American Society for Theatre Research, and the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts in cooperation with the International Federation for Theatre Research. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Theatre Research Data Center, Brooklyn College, City University of New York ; New York, NY, 1982-1999.
Doe Reference PN 1561 .I5
The performing arts: a guide to the reference literature. Linda Keir Simons. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1994.
Doe Reference PN 1584 .A12 S55 1994
Performing arts research : a guide to information sources. Marion K. Whalon. Detroit : Gale Research Co., Date c1976.
NRLF PN 1584 .A12 .W4
Popular entertainment research : how to do it and how to use it. Barbara J. Pruett. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1992.
Doe Reference PN 1576 .P78 1992
NRLF PN 1576 .P78 1992
Routledge guide to Broadway. Ken Bloom. New York: Routledge, 2007. Doe Reference PN2277.N5.B43 2007
Teatro hispanoaméricano: una bibliografía anotada = Spanish American theatre: an annotated bibliography. Richard F. Allen. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, c1987.
Doe Reference PQ7082 .D7 .A12 A441 1987
Theatre and allied arts; a guide to books dealing with the history, criticism, and technic of the drama and theatre. New York: Wilson, 1952.
Doe Reference PN 1654 .A12 .B3
Theatre and architecture - stage design - costume: a bibliographic guide in five languages (1970-2000). Veronique Lemaire. Bruxelles; Oxford: P.I.E. - Peter Lang, 2006.
Main Stack NA 6821 .A12 .L46
Theatrical costume, masks, make-up and wigs: a bibliography and iconography. Sidney Jowers and John Cavanagh. London; New York: Routledge; Romsey: Motley Press, 2000.
Main Stack PN 2067 .A12 .J69 2000
United States theatre: a bibliography: from the beginning to 1990. Robert Silvester. New York: G.K. Hall, 1993.
Main Stack and Doe Reference PN 2221 .A12 .S55 1993
This list contains some places to begin your research. Newspapers can be useful as can the Literature Research Center or the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (British) or the American National Biography (U.S.).
Biographical Index of English Drama Before 1660
“This index is a complete annotated list of all playwrights, actors, patrons, musicians, and miscellaneous other people active in English drama before 1660. Each entry contains basic information about the person's dates and dramatic activities, along with a list of books and articles containing biographical information.”
American and British theatrical biography : a directory. J. P. Wearing. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1979.
Doe Reference PN 2285 .W42 Biographies
American playwrights since 1945: a guide to scholarship, criticism, and performance. Ed. Philip C. Kolin. New York: Greenwood Press, c1989.
Main Stack and Doe Reference (Biogs) PS350 .A12 .A53 1989
A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800. Philip H. Highfill, Jr., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. 16 vols. Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, 1973-1993.
Main Stack PN 2597 .H54
Music Reference PN 2597 .H54
Contemporary theatre, film, and television. Detroit: Gale Research, 1984-
Doe Reference PN 2285 .C58 Biographies
Contemporary women dramatists. Editor, K.A. Berney. London ; Detroit : St. James Press, c1994.
Doe Reference PR 736 .C58 1994 Biographies
A dictionary of actors and of other persons associated with the public representation of plays in England before 1642. Edwin Nungezer. New Haven, Yale university press; London, H. Milford, Oxford university press, 1929.
Main Stack PN 2597 .N8 1929
Notable names in the American theatre. New and rev. Edited by N.J. Clifton, J. T. White, 1976.
Doe Reference PN 2285 .B45 1976 Biographies
Main Stack PN 2285 .B45 1976
Performing arts biography master index : a consolidated index to over 270,000 biographical sketches. Ed. Barbara McNeil. 2nd ed. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Research Company, c1981.
Moffitt PN 1583 .M37 1981
Solo performers : an international registry, 1770-2000. John Cairney. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, c2001.
Main Stack PN 1936 .C35 2001
Stage deaths : a biographical guide to international theatrical obituaries, 1850 to 1990. Compiled by George B. Bryan. New York : Greenwood Press, 1991.
Doe Reference PN 2205 .A12 .S734 1991 Biographies
Stage lives : a bibliography and index to theatrical biographies in English. Compiled by George B. Bryan. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1985.
Doe Reference PN2205 .A12 .S781 1985 Biographies
Variety obits : an index to obituaries in Variety, 1905-1978. Jeb H. Perry. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1980.
Doe Refe (Biogs)PN 1583 .P4 Ref
Who's who in contemporary world theatre. Edited by Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe. London ; New York : Routledge, 2000.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .W485 2000 Biographies
Who's who in the theatre. Also titled: New dramatic list; Dramatic list. London : Pitman ; Detroit : Gale Research, 1st (1912)-17th (1981).
Main Stack PN 2012 .W5; NRLF PN 2012 .W5
Who was who in the theatre, 1912-1976 : a biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, directors, playwrights, and producers of the English-speaking theatre. Compiled from Who's who in the theatre, volumes 1-15 (1912 1972). Detroit : Gale Research Co., 1978.
Doe Reference PN 2597 .W52 Biographies
An annotated dictionary of technical, historical, and stylistic terms relating to theatre and drama : a handbook of dramaturgy. R. Kerry White. Lewiston, N.Y. : E. Mellen Press, 1995.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .W48 1995
Dictionnaire du théâtre. Patrice Davis. Paris: : A. Colin, 2002. Rev. ed.
Main Stack PN 2035 .P3 2002
Dictionary of the theatre : terms, concepts, and analysis. Patrice Pavis; translated by Christine Shantz Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 1998.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .P2913 1998
Historical dictionary of Japanese traditional theatre.Samuel L. Leiter. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2006.
Main Stack and East Asian Library Reference PN 2921 .L45 2006
International dictionary of theatre. Edited by Mark Hawkins-Dady. Chicago : St. James Press, 1992-1996. 3 vols.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .I49 1992
An International dictionary of theatre language. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1985.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .I51 1985
The Language of theatre. Martin Harrison. New York: Routledge, 1998.
Main Stack PN 2035 .H297 1998
The new Penguin dictionary of the theatre. Ed Jonathan Law, etc. Rev. and enlarged ed. London : Penguin Books, 2001.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .N474 2001
The theatre guide. Trevor R. Griffiths. 3rd ed. London : A. & C. Black, 2003.
Doe Reference PN 2035 .G73 2003b
The African American theatre directory, 1816-1960: a comprehensive guide to early Black theatre organizations, companies, theatres, and performing groups. Bernard L. Peterson, Jr. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.
Doe Reference PN 2270.A35 P48 1997 Directories
American theatre companies, 1749-1887. Edited by Weldon B. Durham. New York, Greenwood Press, 1986.
Main Stack PN 2237 .A431 1986
American theatre companies, 1888-1930. Edited by Weldon B. Durham. New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
Main Stack PN 2256 ..A441 1987
American theatre companies, 1931-1986. Edited by Weldon B. Durham., New York : Greenwood Press, 1989.
Main Stack PN2266; .A441 1989 ebook via North American Theatre Online
Black theatre directory. Compiled and edited by Addell Austin Anderson. 3rd ed. Detroit, MI : Black Theatre Network, 1993.
Doe Reference PN 2270 .A35 .B58 1993
Dramatists sourcebook. New York, NY: Theatre Communications Group, c1981-
Continues: Information for playwrights.
Main Stack PN 1661 .D71 with latest year in Doe Reference 2008 ed. in ebrary
Famous American playhouses, 1716-1899. William C. Young. Chicago, American Library Association, 1973.
Doe Reference and NRLF NA 6830 .Y681
Famous American playhouses, 1900-1971. William C. Young. Chicago, American Library Association, 1973.
Doe Reference, Environmental Design and NRLF NA 6830 .Y681
Grey House performing arts directory. Millerton, N.Y.: Grey House Publishing, 2000- Annual. PN1561.G74, newest in Doe Reference and older in Main
SIMBAS international directory of performing arts collections and institutions. Paul S. Ulrich et al. Listing of over 7000 international institutions with collections relating to the performing arts.
Theatre companies of the world. Edited by Colby H. Kullman and William C. Young. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986. 2 v. Doe Reference PN 2052 .T48 1986
American dissertations on the drama and the theatre; a bibliography. Fredric M. Litto. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1969
Main Stack PN 1654.A12 L56
Theatre Journal. Baltimore, Md. Published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in cooperation with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Main Stack PN 3171 .E38
Annual compilation of dissertations in progress are reported in the May issue. Recent issues are available through Project Muse.
New York Public Library. Catalog of the theatre and drama collections. Boston, G. K. Hall, 1967-76. 51 v.
Main Stack PN 1654 .A12 .N4 and 2 Supplements
The player's library, the catalogue of the Library of the British Drama League. London, Faber and Faber, 1950.
NRLF Z 2014 .D7 .B7 1950
Twentieth-century British and American theatre : a critical guide to archives. Christopher Innes. Aldershot, England ; Brookfield, Vt. : Ashgate, c1999.
Main PN 2266 .A12 .I56 1999
Annals of English Drama, 975-1700: an Analytical Record of All Plays, Extant or Lost. Alfred Harbage. 3rd ed.
Doe Reference Z 2014 .D7 .H25 1989 Suppl.1-2 Doe Ref Z 2014. D7 .H25 1964 suppl.
Annals of the New York Stage. George Clinton Densmore Odell. New York: Columbia University Press, 1927-49. 15 vols.
NRLF and Main Stack PN 2277.N5.O4 1927 e-version from North American Theatre Online v.1 Beginnings to 1767 vol. 2 1798-1821 vol. 3 1821-1834 vol. 4 1834-1843 vol. 5 1843-1850 vol. 6 1850-1857 vol. 7 1857-1865 vol. 8 1865-1879 vol. 9 1870-1875 v. 10 1875-1879 v. 11 1879-1882 v.12 1882-1885 v. 13 1885-1888 v. 14 1888-1891 v. 15 1891-1894
The Cambridge history of British theatre. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 3 vols.
Main Stack PN 2581 .C36 2004
The Elizabethan stage. by E. K. Chambers. Oxford, Clarendon press, 1923. 4 vols.
Main Stack PN 2589 .C4 1923 Index PN2589.C4 1923 Index
A History of English Drama, 1660-1900. Allardyce Nicoll. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1952-59. 6 vols.
Doe Reference PR 625 .N52 1952
Main PR 625 .N52 1952
History of the theatre. Oscar G. Brockett, Franklin J. Hildy. 9th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, c2003.
Main Stack PN 2101 .B68 2003
The Jacobean and Caroline stage. Gerald Eades Bentley. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1941-68. 7 vols.
Doe Reference and Moffitt PN 2592 .B4
The London Stage, 1660-1800; a Calendar of Plays, Entertainments & Afterpieces, together with Casts, Box-receipts. 1st ed.
Doe Reference PN 2592 .L6
The London Stage, 1890-1899: a Calendar of Plays and Players. J. P. Wearing. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1976; Vol. 1-2
Doe Reference PN 2596 .L6 .W371
The London Stage, 1900-1909: a Calendar of Plays and Players. J. P. Wearing. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1981; Vol. 1-2
Doe Reference PN 2596 .L6 .W38
The London Stage, 1910-1919: a Calendar of Plays and Players. J. P. Wearing. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1982; Vol. 1-2
Doe Reference PN 2596 .L6 .W383 1982
The London Stage, 1920-1929: a Calendar of Plays and Players. J. P. Wearing. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1984; Vol. 1-3
Doe Reference PN 2596 .L6. W384 1984
The London Stage, 1930-1939: a Calendar of Plays and Players. J. P. Wearing. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1990; Vol. 1-3
Doe Reference PN 2596 .L6 .W384 1990
The London Stage, 1940-1949: a Calendar of Plays and Players. J. P. Wearing. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1991; Vol. 1-2
Doe Reference PN 2596 .L6 .W3846 1991
The London Stage, 1950-1959: a Calendar of Plays and Players. J. P. Wearing. Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1993; Vol. 1-2
Doe Reference PN 2596 .L6 .W3847 1993
The medieval stage. E. K. Chambers. London: Oxford University Press, 1903.
Main Stack and Graduate Services PN 2152 .C43 1903
The Revels History of Drama in English. London: Metheun, 1975-1983.
Main Stack PR 625 .R441
Some account of the English stage: from the Restoration in 1660 to 1830. John Genest. Bath: H.E. Carrington, 1832. 10 vols.
Bancroft NRLF 908 .G327
Theatricalia Database of past and future productions, including cast and crew members. In beta and building.
Find the script isn't a challenge when it's been published in paper or in an online database, but so many scripts exist only in anthologies. Here are some resources to help find scripts.
Inter-play The good folks at Portland State's Branford P. Millar Library provide this no frills way to locate plays in anthologies, collections and periodicals.
Play Index, 1949-
Search over 31,000 plays written in or translated into English over the centuries and published since 1948. Can search by author, title, subject, style, genre. Includes plays in collections, which can otherwise be hard to locate now that Ottemiller is no longer being updated.
Ottemiller, John H. Ottemiller's index to plays in collections: an author and title index to plays appearing in collections published between 1900 and 1985. Metuchen: Scarecrow, 1988. Doe Reference PN1654.A12.O7 1988
Victorian Plays Project: Lacy's Acting Edition of Victorian Plays (1848-1874)
Electronic versions of plays printed by Lacy.
ebrary is our largest collection of full text ebooks, with 40,000 titles on a wide range of subjects. Find them in the UCB catalog, OskiCat (keyword: ebrary or limit to "Available Online"), or search the ebrary site directly:
Boulanger, Norman C and Warren C. Lounsbury. Theatre lighting from A to Z. Seattle: Univ of Washington Press, 1992. Main PN 2091.E4.B59 1992
Briggs, Jody. Encyclopedia of stage lighting. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2003. Main PN2091.E4.B66 2003
Fraser, Neil. Stage lighting explained. Marlborough: Crowood, 2002. Main PN2091.E4.F732 2002
Light fantastic: the art and design of stage lighting, comp. by Max Keller with Johannes Weiss. 2nd rev. and updated ed. Munich, New York: Prestel, 2006. Main PN2091.E4.K45 2006.
Pilbrow, Richard. Stage lighting design: the art, the craft, the life. New York: By Design Press, 1997. Environmental Design Library and Main PN2091.E4.P52 1997
Swift, Charles L. Introduction to stage lighting: the fundamentals of theatre lighting design. Colorado Springs: Meriwether, 2004. Main PN2091.E4.S95 2004
Cassin-Scott, Jack. Costumes and settings for historical plays. 5 vols. Studio City: Players Press, 2005-2008. 5 vols. Updated with new illus. Main PN 2067.C32 2005
Cassin-Scott, Jack. Costumes and settings for staging historical plays. 5 vols. Boston: Plays, Inc. 1979-1980. Main PN 2067.C33 1979
James, Thurston. The what, where, when of theater props: an illustrated chronology from arrowheads to video games. Cincinatti: Better Way Books, 2003. Berkeley Public Library, UC Davis, UCLA, UC San Diego
Subject-related associations, learned societies, or professional organizations.
Circostrada Network: Street Arts and Circus Arts, European Platform for Information, Research and Professional Exchange. News, research, guides and many links, including one to the organization's European Circus Arts Bibliography.
Circus Historical Society Circus in the United States from the first one, Philadelphia, 1793, to today. Many links, useful bibliographies, photos.
International Theatre Institute
Founded in 1948 by UNESCO and the international community, the ITI remains UNESCO’s principle partner in performing arts. Links to information about ITI and its constituent members, including to its World Theatre Directory, with information about performing arts in member countries.
UNIMA Union International de la Marionnette
American Theatre Web
News, reviews, online chat, information about grants, productions and theaters.
American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920
Developed as part of the Library of Congress's American Memory Project, this site presents various items from LC's extensive holdings, including English and Yiddish scripts, playbills and programs, sound recordings, silent films, and a special section on Harry Houdini. The site can be searched or browsed.
Bata Shoe Museum
The Museum, located in Toronto, has over 10,000 pairs of shoes from all over the world.
Bibliography of Performing Arts in the East in Western Languages by Alex Hadary. Historial and current materials on the performing arts in Asia.
Bissonnette on Costume: A Visual Dictionary of Fashion
Anne Bissonnette, Kent State University Museum, has created this site, which can be searched by location, century (18th-20th) or subject.
British Theatre Guide
Original articles about British theater, list of links and news.
A freely available resource for French theater of the Ancien Régime and Revolution eras.
Costume Page: Costuming Resources Online
Links to the study of costume, making and wearing them, suppliers
The Ring consists of numerous websites dedicated to various aspects of costume.
“Online costuming sources for historical, science fiction & fantasy costumers”
The Costumer's Manifesto
Created by Tara Maginnis of the Univ. of Alaska, Fairbanks almost ten years ago. Its over 800 pages range from Accessories to Wings. Among the many delights are a section of Western costume history by period.
The Development of Scenic Spectacle: A Site Devoted to the Study of Renaissance and Baroque Theatrical Spectacle
This site, developed by Frank Mohler, emeritus professor at Appalachian State University, contains animated virtual models, links to archives and published sources containing information about 16th-17th century theatrical machinery, a bibliography, links to articles, and links to other sites. Learn about flying machines or traps & elevators.
Didaskalia: Ancient Theatre Today
This site is an "English-language publication about Greek and Roman drama, dance, and music as they are performed today." The site contains a journal; listings of performances, conferences, events and other news; and a study area.
Digital Librarian: Performing Arts
Librarian Margaret Vail Anderson sifts through the web and chooses the best sites. Includes links to many theater and performing arts sites from the United States and around the world. Very useful selection of sites.
This website's aim is to list every play written or produced in English since 1956.
Early Twentieth-Century Russian Drama
Information about the theater of Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, Chekhov, Mayakovsky and Bulgakov, Malevich and Tatlin, Stravinsky and Shostakovich.
European Theatre Convention
Website of an association representing thirty-six theater companies from twenty-one countries
Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild
Many links to resources and activities. Especially useful are the links to online exhibits.
Internet Broadway Database
Created by the research department of the League of American Theatres and Producers, IBDB is the official database for Broadway theater information from the earliest days to current shows. Can do basic or advanced searches. Extensive links lead from actor to biographical information to productions, theaters, and dates of productions. Useful resource for research on Broadway productions.
Developed by the Irish Theatre Institute, PLAYOGRAPHY Ireland comprises two comprehensive online searchable databases and catalogues: Irish Playography (all new Irish plays produced in English since the formation of the National Theatre in 1904) and Playography na Gaeilge (all new Irish plays produced in Irish since 1901).
League of American Theaters and Producers: the Official Website for Broadway Theatre
The League is the national trade association for Broadway theatrial entertainment. The resources section contains such information as grosses, attendance, directory of 39 Broadway theaters, and a technical directory of national theaters.
London Theatre Guide
All kinds of news about London theater
Lortel Archives, the Internet Off-Broadway Database
Ongoing catalog of many off-Broadway productions, currently containing over 4500 Productions. The site is complete back to 1958 though includes notable shows from earlier years. Offers simple and advanced search options. Under its subtitle, the database is also available at www.iobdb.com
Make ‘Em Laugh
Funny monologues, recitations and poetry.
Musical Stages Online: the World of Musical Theatre!
Website of Musical Stages Magazine, the site offers news and reviews.
The New Deal Stage: Selections for the Federal Theatre
A browse-only collection of 13,000 images from the Federal Theatre Project Collection at the Library of Congress. It includes scripts, stage and costume designs, photographs, posters, and much other information about the FTP.
New York Public Library Best of the Web: Theater
New York Theatre Wire
Reviews and other information for theater, dance, film. Some coverage of international theater and dance.
News, tickets and information about London's smaller theaters.
Performing Arts In America 1875-1923
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts created this site from its archives; it features over 1600 items about covering music, dance and theatrical productions. Newspaper clippings, sheet music, sound recordings,film, photographs, posters: the collection consists of many media.
The Playwriting Seminars
Richard Toscan subtitles his site "An Opinionated Web Companion on the Art & Craft of Playwriting." The seminars focus on the kinds of plays produced at U. S. regional theaters and examines the stuff of plays as well as the craft of playwriting.
Chock full of information about tickets, discounted tickets, job listings, current and upcoming productions.
Puppetry Home Page
Lists of organizations, theatres, definition of terms concerned with puppets and puppetry. Also has links to websites with news about the subject.
Articles discussing the origins of theatre, its significance during ancient and medieval times, and theatre traditions in Asia, Britain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, the United States and Spain.
Theatre History on the Web
Maintained by Jack Wolcott, retired from the University of Washington School of Drama, this site contains an extensive index of resources designed for theater historians. Periods covered include Classical, Medieval and Renaissance, Elizabethan, and 18th, 19th, and contemporary. Information about non-Western theater, center and libraries, theater resources, costumes, lighting and other technical aspects of theater.
Website of the American Theatre Wings. Lots of information about the award, nominees and winners. Multimedia interviews with some winners.
University of California San Diego Library Featured Sites for Theater
Voice of Dance. Useful directory of people and companies along with reviews.
Voice of the Shuttle: Drama, Theater & Performance Art Studies
Vetted list of Internet resources though many links are broken.
WWW Virtual Library: Theatre and Drama
Index of professional, academic and recreational theatre and drama resources from more than 50 countries, including academic and training institutions, theatre companies, events and festivals and theatre image collections.
WATCH A large and searchable database of copyright holders run by the University of Reading and the Harry Ransom Center. Also includes links to U.S. and U.K. copyright laws and to finding copyright holders.
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