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Theatre & Performance Studies

An overview of the resources available for researchers in the field of Theatre and Performance Studies.

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Biographical and Contextual Information

Online Bibliographies

Bibliographies in Print

Other useful theatre bibliographies include:
  • Allen, Richard F. Teatro Hispanoamericano: Una Bibliografia Anotada
    Bobst Ref1 Z1609.D7 A44 1987
  • Asian Theatre: A Study Guide and Annotated Bibliography
    Bobst Ref1 Z3008.D7 A84 
  • Fordyce, Rachel. Children's Theatre and Creative Dramatics: An Annotated Bibliography of Critical Works.
    Bobst Ref1 Z5784.C5 F67 and Bobst Z5784.C5 F67 
  • Grimes, Ronald L. Research in Ritual Studies: A Programmatic Essay and Bibliography.
    Bobst Z5118.R5 G75 1985 

Online Indexes

Reference Books Stored Offsite

Offsite books can be called back to Bobst when requested from the Library's catalog; they typically arrive within two days.
Play Annuals
  • Best plays of ... 1894- .
    • Call Number: PN2266 .A2 B5
    • Description: For each season, digests and provides critical comments on select plays. Also has information about the theater in several US cities, with an extensive entry on Broadway and Off-Broadway productions in New York City. Lists the Pulitzer Prize winners and Drama Critics Circle Awards.
Resources About Playwrights
  • Contemporary Dramatists. K.A. Berney, editor. 6th Ed. Chicago, IL: St. James Press, 1999.
    • Call Number: PR737.C57 6th Ed. 
    • Description: Provides information for over three hundred living dramatists who publish in English. Entries include a brief biography, list of publications and professional activities, and a critical essay about the dramatist and his or her work. No reprints or revivals are included.
  • International Dictionary of Theatre. Edited by Mark Hawkins-Dady. Chicago: St. James Press, 1991.
    • Call Number: PN2000.I474 1991 vols. 1-3; Volume II: Playwrights
    • Description: Volume II includes information on 485 playwrights from all periods and nationalities, selected for inclusion by an academic advisory panel. Entries include a brief biographical sketch, list of works, a bibliography, and a critical overview with cross-references to Volume I [see below] where appropriate.
  • Performing Arts Biography Master Index. 2nd ed. B. McNeil & M. C. Herbert, eds. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1982.
    • Call Number: PN1583.M37 1982
    • Description: Lists citations to biographical reference sources in the performing arts (e.g., biographical dictionaries, encyclopedias), including theater, film, television, dance, music, puppetry and magic.
Resources about Plays
  • Critical Survey of Drama. Frank N. Magill, editor. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press.
  • English Language Series, Revised Edition: PR623.C75 1994 v. 1-7
  • Foreign Language Series: PN1625.C74 1986 v. 1-6

Description: Information about individual dramatists, dramatic works, and overview essays concerning trends in drama.

  • International Dictionary of Theatre. Edited by Mark Hawkins-Dady. Chicago: St. James Press, 1991.
    • Call Number: PN2000.I474 1991 vols. 1-3: Volume I: Plays
    • Description: Volume I includes information on over 600 plays (concentrating on English-speaking world), selected for inclusion by an academic advisory panel. Entries include dramatist, date of first publication and production, translations into English and a bibliography relating to the piece. Also provides a critical essay with plot summary.
  • Theatre World. 1944- .
    • Call Number: PN2277.N5 A17
    • Description: An illustrated yearbook, with production photographs, of the American theater, listing productions performed each season. Includes cast, production credits, dates of run, brief performer bios and obits, with a list of awards. Emphasizes New York City, but also includes information on other cities and traveling productions.
Reviews
  • Guide to Critical Reviews, by James Salem. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1979 ; 1984.
    • Call Number: Z5782.S34 1984 parts 1-3 
    • Description: Provides critical reviews of Broadway, Off Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway production from 1909-1982.
    • Organization: Arranged alphabetically. Part 1: American Drama, 1984 - indexed by playwright; Part 2: The Musical, 1909-1974 - indexed by title; Part 3: Foreign Dr
Complete Reprints of Reviews
  • Theatre Record. 1981 to date. Bi-weekly. Titled London Theatre Record from 1981 to 1990. Avail. OFFSITE
    • PN2596.L6L66 (1981 on microfiche in Microforms Center--MF5)
  • New York Theatre Critics' Reviews. 1958 to 1996. Weekly. Titled National Theatre Critics' Reviews from 1995 to 1996.
    • PN1601.N4 (1940-1957 on microfilm in Microform Center, LL2--titled Critics' Theatre Reviews from 1940 to 1942.)