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Theater and Dance Research Guide
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- Arts & Humanities Full Text
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.
- International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (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.
- Biography in Context
- Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Standard general encyclopedia.
- Encyclopedia of American Studies
Leading reference work for American Studies, with searchable articles and accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material.
- Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History
Articles surveying all aspects of the black diaspora; strongest on U.S.
Find images and streaming audio and video in these collections (also see the Images Research Guide and the Web tab in this guide).
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
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