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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.
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

    Through the back : situating vision between moving bodies (Peeters, Jeroen, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; GV1785.2 .P44 2014

    Miss Hill [videorecording] : making dance matter Frost Library; GV1785.H54 M58

    Performed imaginaries (Schechner, Richard, 1934-) Frost Library; PN1584 .S33 2015

    Manufacturing a past for the present Frost Library; PN171.F6 M36 2015

    Textual deceptions : false memoirs and literary hoaxes in the contemporary era (Vice, Sue, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; PN171.F6 V53 2014

    The Upright Citizens Brigade comedy improvisation manual (Besser, Matt, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PN1922 .B474 2013

    The puppet and the modern (Jirásková, Marie.) Frost Library; PN1978.C94 J5713 2014 x

    Bunraku seisuiki, Utsumi Shigetarō cho. (Utsumi, Shigetarō, 1896- 內海繁太郎, 1896-) Frost Library; PN1978.J3 U8 1964

    Encounters in performance philosophy Frost Library; PN2039 .E57 2014

    Truth in comedy : the manual of improvisation (Halpern, Charna, 1952-) Frost Library; PN2071.I5 H26 1994

    Ming Cho Lee : a life in design (Aronson, Arnold, author.) Frost Library; PN2096.L44 A86 2014

    Theatre : a very short introduction (Carlson, Marvin, 1935-, author.) Frost Library; PN2101 .C37 2014

    Theatre's heterotopias : performance and the cultural politics of space (Tompkins, Joanne, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; PN2219.O8 T77 2014

    A comedian sees the world (Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.C5 A3 2014

    Watch me : a memoir (Huston, Anjelica.) Frost Library; PN2287.H87 A3 2014b

    The visual laboratory of Robert Lepage (Fouquet, Ludovic, 1973-) Frost Library; PN2308.L46 F6813 2014

    Actresses, gender, and the eighteenth-century stage : playing women (Brooks, Helen, 1981- author.) Frost Library; PN2593 .B76 2015

    The London stage 1890-1959 : accumulated indexes (Wearing, J. P., author.) Frost Library; PN2596.L6 W38475 2014

    Theater in Deutschland, 1945-1966 : seine Ereignisse, seine Menschen (Rühle, Günther, 1924-, author.) Frost Library; PN2654 .R82 2014

    Nauchno-issledovatelʹskiĭ proekt po tvorcheskomu nasledii͡u V. Ė. Meĭerkholʹda "Li͡ubovʹ k t Frost Library; PN2728.M4 N27 2014

    Penélope Cruz (Davies, Ann, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; PN2788.C78 D38 2014

    Gender, culture and performance : Marathi theatre and cinema before independence (Kosambi, Meera, author.) Frost Library; PN2885.M3 K67 2015

    Nihon engeki zuroku (Kawatake, Shigetoshi, 1889-1967. 河竹繁俊, 1889-1967.) Frost Library; PN2921 .K329 1956

    Jidai ni sakigakeru kabuki Frost Library; PN2924.5.K3 J43 2002

    Kabuki haiyū meikan Frost Library; PN2924.5.K3 K22 1989

    Kabuki haiyū meikan. Frost Library; PN2924.5.K3 K22 1993

    Kabuki haiyū meikan 1996, 97. Frost Library; PN2924.5.K3 K22 1995

    Saishin kabuki haiyū meikan. Frost Library; PN2924.5.K3 K22 1998

    Shin kabuki haiyū meikan. Frost Library; PN2924.5.K3 K22 2001

    Kabuki jiten Frost Library; PN2924.5.K3 K2318 1983

    Kabuki zukan Frost Library; PN2924.5.K3 K2329 1991

    Kabuki ishō = Kabuki costumes (Kirihata, Ken, 1936- 切畑健, 1936-) Frost Library; PN2924.5.K3 K57 1994

    Kyōgen no shōzoku = Kyōgen costumes (Kirihata, Ken, 1936- 切畑健, 1936-) Frost Library; PN2924.5.K9 K57 1993

    Nōmen (Kanze, Hisao. 観世寿夫.) Frost Library; PN2924.5.N6 K46 1974 x

    Nōshōzoku = Noh costumes (Kirihata, Ken, 1936- Kirihata, Ken, 1936-) Frost Library; PN2924.5.N6 K57 1993

    Nō hyakuban (Masuda, Shōzō, 1930- 増田正造, 1930-) Frost Library; PN2924.5.N6 M35

    Butai haiyū meikan. Frost Library; PN2927 .B87 1957

    Bandō Tamasaburō no uchū. Frost Library; PN2928.B33 B36 1995 x

    Tamasaburō : bessatsu Fujin gahō Frost Library; PN2928.B33 T36 1977 x