Subject Guide: Theatre
The Library's Subject Guides help you find resources that are specialized for certain areas of study. There are many other resources available which provide generalized information--not specific to one topic or area. To see more of these general resources, see the Subject Guide: General page.
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Databases provide information about journal, magazine and newspaper articles.
Browse Theatre Databases
- International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance
Index, abstracts, and full text for articles and other publications on all aspects of theater and performance.
- International Index to the Performing Arts
An index, containing abstracts, to international articles in journals and periodicals about the preforming arts.
- Play Index
Provides information on where to find published plays.
- Shakespeare Collection
A collection of materials supporting literary, textual, historical, and performance studies of Shakespeare.
A digital image database; includes set designs and costume images.
- New York Times Archive (1851-2005)
Full page images of the New York Times newspaper, dating from 1851 through 2005.
- The Times (London) Digital Archive
Complete digital edition of The Times (London), 1785-1985.
Reference materials provide background information on a people, terms and concepts.
- General Works:
Oxford Reference Books Online / Performing Arts Section
Online access to seven of Oxford's performing arts reference books. You can search all seven books, or select one to search.
- International Dictionary of Theatre DEN REF PN2000 .I474
Vol. 1: Plays
Vol. 2: Playwrights
Vol. 3: Actors, Directors, & Designers
- McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama DEN REF PN1625 .M3 1984
- World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre DEN REF PN1981 .W67 1994
- Continuum Companion to Twentieth-Century Theatre DEN REF PN2035 .C65 2002
- Dictionary of the Theatre: Terms, Concepts & Analysis DEN REF PN2035 .P2913 1998
- Critical Survey of Drama DEN REF PN1625 .C68 2003
- Columbia Encylopedia of Modern Drama DEN REF PN1861 .C65 2007
- Encyclopedia of Stage Lighting DEN REF PN2091 .E4 B66 2003
- The Historical Encyclopedia of Costumes DEN REF GT510 .R3313 1988
- 20,000 Years of Fashion; The History of Costume and Personal Adornment DEN REF GT510 .B6713 1967a
- Survey of Historic Costume DEN REF GT580 .T67 2005
- The Complete Fashion Sourcebook DEN REF GT596 .P393 2005
- An Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Costume: From the First Century B.C. to c. 1760 DEN REF GT510 .P48 2003
- Costume Language: A Dictionary of Dress Terms DEN REF GT507 .D38 1994
- Encyclopedia of Furnishing Textiles, Floorcoverings and Home Furnishing Practices 1200-1950 DEN REF NK1710 .E39 2007
Works on Stage & Costume Design:
Here are a few web sites we think you might find useful:
- American Theatre Wing: Theatre References
Type person's name in search box. Look for biography entry in addition to other useful information.
- Internet Broadway Database
IBDB was created by the Research Department of The Broadway League, the national trade association for Broadway. Type your person's name in to bring up a list of productions they have been involved with.
Librarians' Index to the Internet: Performing Arts Page.
A directory of over 900 sites relating to the performing arts, subdivided by topic.
- The Costume Page
- Selections from the
Federal Theatre Project 1935-1939
13,000 images of stage and costume designs, still photographs, posters, and scripts from the Federal Theatre Project Collection at the Library of Congress.
Use the web site to search for full text reviews of productions--back to 1900. Under "Latest News" click "Reviews."