Theater and Dance Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Web
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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Arts & Humanities Database
    Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.
  • World Shakespeare Bibliography Online (1972 to present)
    Includes annotated entries for books, articles, reviews, productions, and more.
  • Performing arts database (1864 to present)
    Covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, opera, film, television and more.
  • Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
    Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.
  • Project Muse
    Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.

Print reference:
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion by Valerie Steele  Frost Reference GT507 .E53 2005
The Dictionary of Fashion History by Valerie Cumming  
Frost Reference GT507 .C86 2010

Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Web tab in this guide and the Images Research Guide).
  • OntheBoards.tv
    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.
  • Ensemble [An Open Database of the Performing Arts]
    A database of transcriptions and digitized images of early 20th century theater programs collected by the NY Public Library of the Performing Arts.

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
National Theater (London) video
New York Live Arts on Vimeo
OntheBoardsTV
PS122 TV
Walker Art Center Dance
Walker Art Center Theater

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.

Ensemble [An Open Database of the Performing Arts]
A database of transcriptions and digitized images of early 20th century theater programs collected by the NY Public Library of the Performing Arts.

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

Kyoto Costume Institute timeline
Digital images and information about objects in the Kyoto Costume Instituite collections

Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute highlights
Digital images and information about objects in the Met's Costume Instituite collections

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Museum collections
Digital images and information about objects from the FIT Musuem

Victoria & Albert Fashion Collections
Digital images and information about clothing in the Victoria & Albert Musuem

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
OntheBoardsTV
PS122 TV
Walker Art Center Dance
Walker Art Center Theater

    The Oxford Handbook of dance and ethnicity Frost Library; GV1588.6 .O84 2016

    Transmission in motion : the technologizing of dance Frost Library; GV1588.7 .T73 2017

    The Oxford handbook of dance and theater Frost Library; GV1594 .O94 2015

    America dancing : from the cakewalk to the moonwalk (Pugh, Megan, 1982-, author.) Frost Library; GV1623 .P843 2015

    Shapes of American ballet : teachers and training before Balanchine (Zeller, Jessica, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; GV1623 .Z45 2016

    British dance : black routes Frost Library; GV1645 .B75 2017

    The Playford Assembly : 125 early English country dances, 1651-c.1820 (Christian, Graham, author.) Frost Library; GV1646.E6 C46 2015

    Chinese dance : in the vast land and beyond (Chang, Shih-Ming Li, author.) Frost Library; GV1691 .C434 2016

    The Oxford handbook of screendance studies Frost Library; GV1779 .O96 2016

    There might be others (Lazier, Rebecca, author, choreographer.) Frost Library; GV1783.2.T54 L39 2016

    Flowers cracking concrete : Eiko & Koma's Asian (Candelario, Rosemary, author.) Frost Library; GV1785.A1 C36 2016

    Agnes de Mille : telling stories in Broadway dance (Gardner, Kara Anne, author.) Frost Library; GV1785.D36 G36 2016

    Juliet & Romeo Frost Library; GV1790.J85 J85

    The sleeping beauty (Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893.) Frost Library; GV1790.S55 K57

    The sleeping beauty Frost Library; GV1790.S55 S54

    The Routledge Circus Studies reader Frost Library; GV1801 .R68 2016

    Bad clowns (Radford, Benjamin, 1970-) Frost Library; GV1828 .R3 2016

    For a short time only : itinerants and the resurgence of popular culture in early America (Benes, Peter, author.) Frost Library; GV1835.56.N67 B46 2016

    Performing age in modern drama (Lipscomb, Valerie Barnes, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; PN1590.A34 L57 2016

    Beyond immersive theatre : aesthetics, politics and productive participation (Alston, Adam, author.) Frost Library; PN1590.A9 A47 2016

    Automata and mimesis on the stage of theatre history (Reilly, Kara.) Frost Library; PN1650.R63 R36 2011

    Story of drama : tragedy, comedy and sacrifice from the Greeks to the present (Day, Gary, author.) Frost Library; PN1721 .D39 2016

    La pelota de letras. Frost Library; PN1969.C65 L65

    Anti-war theatre after Brecht : dialectical aesthetics in the twenty-first century (Stevens, Lara, author.) Frost Library; PN2041.W37 S74 2016

    Critical perspectives on applied theatre Frost Library; PN2049 .C75 2016

    Nikolai Demidov : becoming an actor-creator (Demidov, N. V. (Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich), 1884-1953, author.) Frost Library; PN2061 .D443 2016

    Physical theatres : a critical introduction (Murray, Simon David, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; PN2071.M6 M87 2016

    Twenty-first century drama : what happens now Frost Library; PN2190 .T84 2016

    Focus on playwrights : portraits and interviews (Johann, Susan, interviewer, photographer.) Frost Library; PN2205 .J64 2016 x

    Steppenwolf theatre company of Chicago : in their own words (Mayer, John, 1956- author.) Frost Library; PN2277.C42 S455 2016

    I can barely take care of myself : tales from a happy life without kids (Kirkman, Jen, 1974-) Frost Library; PN2287.K672 A3 2013

    Pola Negri : temptress of silent Hollywood (Delgado, Sergio, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.N35 D45 2016

    The girl with the lower back tattoo (Schumer, Amy, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.S3365 A3 2016

    I loved her in the movies : memories of Hollywood's legendary actresses (Wagner, Robert, 1930-, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.W235 A3 2016

    Robert Lepage on the Toronto stage : language, identity, nation (Koustas, Jane, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; PN2308.L46 K69 2016

    The Writer's notebook Archives and Special Collections; PN245 .W75 1995

    The Elizabethan country house entertainment : print, performance and gender (Kolkovich, Elizabeth Zeman, author.) Frost Library; PN2589 .K65 2016

    Klaus Kinski, beast of cinema : critical essays and fellow filmmaker interviews Frost Library; PN2658.K52 K53 2016

    The theatre of Thomas Ostermeier (Ostermeier, Thomas, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; PN2658.O77 O77 2016

    Les spectacles francophones à la cour de Russie (1743-1796) : l'invention d'une société (Evstratov, Alexei, author.) Frost Library; PN2722 .E97 2016

    The director's prism : E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian theatrical avant-garde (Posner, Dassia N., author.) Frost Library; PN2724 .P67 2016

    Ingrid Bergman : in her own words = Jag är Ingrid Frost Library; PN2778.B4 I54

    China reinterpreted : staging the Other in Muromachi noh theater (Yip, Leo Shingchi, author.) Frost Library; PN2924.5.N6 Y53 2016

    Magnet theatre : three decades of making space Frost Library; PN2986.C32 M34 2016