Theater and Performing Arts

Theater Contact Your Librarian

  • Michaelyn Burnette
  • masks

  • Office Hours: by appointment
  • Office Location: 438 Doe
  • Contact Info:

    510 664-9822

Key Online Indexes

Other Useful Online Indexes


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.


International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA)

LexisNexis Academic

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)

ProQuest Newspapers

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance

Readers' Guide Retrospective

Aisle Say: The Internet Magazine of Stage Reviews and Opinion

Curtain Up: The Internet Theater Magazine of Reviews, Features, Annotated Listings

Print Resources
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, 1920-1930. Samuel L. Leiter. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1985.
Doe Reference PN 2277 .N5 .L36 1985   ebook via North American Theatre Online v.1  and v.2

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

Biographical Sources

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 for the Performing Arts

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.

Finding Plays

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 = ebooks

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:

Search ebrary


Getting started with ebrary


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

Keller, Max.  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.

All About Jewish Theatre   Much information in the searchable Resources page.

American Alliance for Theatre and Education

American Society for Theatre Research

American Theatre and Drama Society

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Australasian Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Association

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. 

Costume Society of America

Educational Theatre Association

International Federation for Theatre Research

Interantional Association of Theatre Critics

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.

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas

Society for Theatre Research

Theatre Communications Group

Theatre Library Association   Lots of useful information and links.  Broadside, Newsletter of the Theatre Library Association is now available online from 1973 to the current issue.

UNIMA  Union International de la Marionnette

United States Institute for Theatre Technology


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.  

Artslynx International Arts Resources: Theatre Resources

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

Costume Ring
The Ring consists of numerous websites dedicated to various aspects of costume.

Costume Site
“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.

Irish Playography
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

McCoy’s Guide to Internet Resources in Theatre

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
Project, 1935-1939

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.

Theatre History
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.

Tony Awards
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. 

U.S. Copyright Office  Includes basics of copyright law and other information including the Copyright Catalog, which contains copyright registrations and renewals back to 1978.

Citation managers

Reference managers (also called citation managers or bibliographic management software) offer a way to save, organize and manage references. Many work with word processing software to format in-text citations and bibliographies for papers and theses, allow you to share references, and enable you to attach or link PDFs to a citation record.

Wikipedia comparison of reference management software



Mendeley EndNote

Related Subject Guides

Related Course Guides

Subscribe to RSS RSS Feed
add to bookmark Bookmark This

Go To Full Version