Theater and Dance Research Guide

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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Images Research Guide and the Web tab in this guide).
    Videos of full-length performances by contemporary artists working in dance, theater, music, and other performance forms.
  • ARTstor
    Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.
Start with these recommended freely available resources in this discipline.


Online Databases and Exhibits:

Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library
Digital video library of performance practices in the Americas. Includes artist profiles,interviews, bibliographies, production information, image galleries, scripts, and additional materials.

Internet Broadway Database
Online database of Broadway production history

Performing Arts Encyclopedia
Database of performing arts resources at the Library of Congress. Includes digitized photographs, manuscripts, correspondence and ephemera.

PBS American Masters Database--Performing Arts
Biographical profiles, video clips of interviews, interactive career timelines, and interviews with artists

Performing Arts in America, 1875-1923
Database of 16,000 objects representing archival materials from the New York Performing Arts Library collections.

The Theatrical Lighting Database of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Digitized plots, focus charts, and cue sheets from landmark productions in the collections of the New York Public Library

Audio and Video sites:

The Chocolate Factory Theater on Vimeo
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive
Jerome Robbins Dance Division Moving Image Archive at NYPL
The Joyce Theater on YouTube
New York Live Arts on Vimeo
PS122 TV
Walker Art Center Dance
Walker Art Center Theater

    Embodied curriculum theory and research in arts education : a dance scholar's search for meaning (Stinson, Susan W., author.) Frost Library; GV1588.4 .S85 2015

    Going to the Palais (Nott, James J.) Frost Library; GV1645 .N67 2015

    Dramaturgy in motion : at work on dance and movement performance (Profeta, Katherine, author.) Frost Library; GV1782 .P76 2015

    Using the sky : a dance (Hay, Deborah, 1941-) Frost Library; GV1783 .H374 2016

    Moving together : theorizing and making contemporary dance (Laermans, Rudi, 1957- author.) Frost Library; GV1783 .L34 2015

    Dance to the piper (De Mille, Agnes.) Frost Library; GV1785.D36 A3 2015

    Isadora Duncan in the 21st century : capturing the art and spirit of the dancer's legacy (Mantell-Seidel, Andrea, author.) Frost Library; GV1785.D8 M36 2016

    Alla Osipenko : beauty and resistance in Soviet ballet (Lobenthal, Joel, author.) Frost Library; GV1785.O64 L63 2016

    Queer dramaturgies : international perspectives on where performance leads queer Frost Library; PN1590.G39 Q43 2016

    Theatre & social media (Lonergan, Patrick, author.) Frost Library; PN1590.S65 L66 2016

    The Cambridge introduction to theatre and literature of the absurd (Bennett, Michael Y., 1980-, author.) Frost Library; PN1861 .B43 2015

    The new humor in the Progressive Era : Americanization and the vaudeville comedian (DesRochers, Rick, author.) Frost Library; PN1968.U5 D38 2014

    Billy Crystal 700 Sundays Frost Library; PN1969.C65 C49

    Art and conscientization : forum theatre in Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo, and South Sudan (Schrowange, Claus, author.) Frost Library; PN2051 .S37 2015

    What's the story : essays about art, theater and storytelling (Bogart, Anne, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; PN2053 .B595 2014

    Great monologues for young actors Archives and Special Collections; PN2080 .G7 1992

    Rooms in dramatic realism (Robinson, Fred Miller, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; PN2091.S8 R53 2016

    Devising performance : a critical history (Heddon, Deirdre, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; PN2193.E86 H43 2016

    Stages of engagement : U.S. theatre and performance from 1898-1949 (Polster, Joshua E., author.) Frost Library; PN2266.3 .P75 2015

    Memories of the revolution : the first ten years of the WOW Cafe Theatre Frost Library; PN2270.L47 M46 2015

    Kitchen sink realisms : domestic labor, dining, and drama in American theatre (Chansky, Dorothy.) Frost Library; PN2277.N5 C46 2015

    The Builders Association : performance and media in contemporary theater (Jackson, Shannon, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN2277.N52 B855 2015 x

    Ira Aldridge (Lindfors, Bernth, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.A457 L56 2011

    Dear Mr. You (Parker, Mary-Louise, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.P267 A3 2015

    Becoming Richard Pryor (Saul, Scott, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.P77 S38 2015

    The lives of Robert Ryan (Jones, J. R., 1963-) Frost Library; PN2287.R88 J66 2015

    A girl's got to breathe : the life of Teresa Wright (Spoto, Donald, 1941-) Frost Library; PN2287.W75 S55 2016

    The absence of America : the London stage, 1576-1642 (Hollis, Gavin.) Frost Library; PN2596.L6 H59 2015

    Travelling to work : diaries 1988-1998 (Palin, Michael, author.) Frost Library; PN2598.P27 A3 2014

    Historical dictionary of Russian theatre (Senelick, Laurence, author.) Frost Library; PN2721 .S46 2015

    Meyerhold on theatre (Meĭerkholʹd, V. Ė. (Vsevolod Ėmilʹevich), 1874-1940, author.) Frost Library; PN2728.M4 A25 2016

    Meyerhold and the cubists : perspectives on painting and performance (Skinner, Amy, author.) Frost Library; PN2728.M4 S65 2015