The Performing Arts Encyclopedia has been retired, but research databases related to the performing arts that were featured on the PAE will continue to be available from a new page, “Performing Arts Databases.”
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a United States-based non-profit membership organization whose mission is "To support and advance the study and practice of theatre and performance in higher education."
The internet is awash in digital content documenting the global history of performance. Finding the often siloed collections can be a challenge, but the resources below can help you access billions of digital objects available freely online.
provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.
traces the rapid developments taking place which combine performance activity with new digital technologies - from live theatre and dance productions that incorporate digital projections, to performances that take place on the computer-screen via webcasts
national collection of material about live
performance in the UK since Shakespeare's
day, covering drama, dance, musical theatre,
circus, music hall, rock and pop, and other
forms of live entertainment.
an international organization of institutions and individuals committed to using innovative digital technologies to create easily accessible, multimedia, and multilingual information resources for the study and preservation of the performing arts.
The thousands of items in this digital presentation are a sampling of an archive of more than 75,000 images of theatrical personalities and productions. Images in the current presentation represent glass plate and acetate negatives primarily.
An appreciative selected collection of eighteen memorabilia photographs from the papers of Lucille Lortel (1900-1999), the woman regarded as the founder of Off-Broadway, the second wave of little theatre in America.
Theatre Without Borders (TWB) is an all-volunteer network of theatre artists around the world. TWB was created to share information
and to help build links for individuals and institutions interested in
international theatre exchange. TWB is a virtual web-based space for artist-to-artist and people-to-people connections across borders.