Theater and Dance Research Guide

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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Web
  • New Titles
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.
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

    Choreographies of 21st century wars Frost Library; GV1588.45 .C47 2016

    Movies, moves and music : the sonic world of dance films Frost Library; GV1779 .M68 2016

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

    Dancing Jewish : Jewish identity in American modern and postmodern dance (Rossen, Rebecca.) Frost Library; GV1783 .R675 2014

    Soft is fast : Simone Forti in the 1960s and after (Morse, Meredith, author.) Frost Library; GV1785.F665 M67 2016

    Work (Keersmaeker, Anne Teresa de, choreographer.) Frost Library; GV1785.K365 K44 2015

    Feelings are facts : the life of Yvonne Rainer Frost Library; GV1785.R25 Z65

    In search of legitimacy : how outsiders become part of an Afro-Brazilian tradition (Griffith, Lauren Miller, author.) Frost Library; GV1796.C145 G75 2016

    Political cyberformance : the eTheatre project (Papagiannouli, Christina, author.) Frost Library; PN1590 .P36 2016

    Upstairs at the Strand : writers in conversation at the legendary bookstore Frost Library; PN165 .U67 2016

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

    Amy Schumer : mostly sex stuff Frost Library; PN1969.C65 S38

    Women who kill [videorecording]. Frost Library; PN1969.C65 W66

    In defence of theatre : aesthetic practices and social interventions Frost Library; PN2049 .I54 2016

    Improvisation in drama, theatre and performance : history, practice, theory (Frost, Anthony, author.) Frost Library; PN2071.I5 F76 2016

    Impro : improvisation and the theatre (Johnstone, Keith.) Frost Library; PN2071.I5 J63 1981

    Local glories : opera houses on Main Street, where art and community meet (Satterthwaite, Ann, 1931-, author.) Frost Library; PN2226 .S28 2016

    Woody (Evanier, David, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.A53 E93 2015

    Zeppo's Marion Benda and Valentino's Marion Benda : a legacy of confusion (Curley, Mallory, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.B42 C87 2016

    Master of ceremonies : a memoir (Grey, Joel, 1932-, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.G6873 A3 2016

    Translation's forgotten history (Cho, Heekyoung, author.) Frost Library; PN241.5.E18 C47 2016

    The Masters of the Revels and Elizabeth I's court theatre (Streitberger, W. R., author.) Frost Library; PN2589 .S77 2016

    Politics, performance and popular culture : theatre and society in nineteenth-century Britain Frost Library; PN2594 .P65 2016

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

    Anatoliĭ Ėfros : "Mesi͡at͡s v derevne" Frost Library; PN2728.E34 A63 2014

    Shōwa butai haiyū shi : Matsui Sumako kara Bandō Tamasaburō made Frost Library; PN2924 .S57 1978

    Tsukiji Shōgekijō to sono jidai Frost Library; PN2924 .T78 1999

    Onnagata : a labyrinth of gendering in kabuki theater (Isaka, Maki, author.) Frost Library; PN2924.5.K3 I77 2016