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

    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

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

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

    Juliet & Romeo Frost Library; GV1790.J85 J85

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

    Disability theatre and modern drama : recasting modernism (Johnston, Kirsty, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; PN1590.H36 J64 2016

    Digital scholarly editing : theories, models and methods (Pierazzo, Elena, author.) Frost Library; PN162 .P535 2015

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

    Improper names : collective pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous (Deseriis, Marco, 1971-) Frost Library; PN171.A6 D47 2015

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

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

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

    Shattering Hamlet's mirror : theatre and reality (Carlson, Marvin, 1935-, author.) Frost Library; PN2039 .C255 2016

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

    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

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

    Experiments in democracy : interracial and cross-cultural exchange in American theatre, 1912-1945 Frost Library; PN2266.3 .E94 2016

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

    I know what I'm doing, and other lies I tell myself : dispatches from a life under construction (Kirkman, Jen, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; PN2287.K672 A3 2016

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

    English as a literature in translation (Doloughan, Fiona J., author.) Frost Library; PN241 .D65 2016

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

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

    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

    London's West End actresses and the origins of celebrity charity, 1880-1920 (Hindson, Catherine.) Frost Library; PN2596.L6 H57 2016

    La fête imprimée : spectacles et cérémonies politiques (1549-1662) (Bolduc, Benoît, author.) Frost Library; PN2631 .B65 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

    Terror and pity : Aleksandr Sumarokov and the theater of power in Elizabethan Russia (Ospovat, Kirill, author.) Frost Library; PN2722 .O87 2016

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

    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

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