This guide will introduce you to major resources in theatre research. Please contact me at any time for research help.
To access online resources from off-campus, all you will need is your MyID and password.
1939 Poster from the Library of Congress Federal Theatre Project Collection
Use reference sources for background information such as biographies, play summaries, theatre and company histories, and explanations of performance forms and theory.
This is a short list of major encyclopedias in theater; more can be found below as ebooks, under the Design and Theatre History tabs in this guide, in the Main Library Reference stacks, or in GIL-Find.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance
Dennis Kennedy, ed.
1st floor Ref PN2035 .O94 2003 v. 1-2
World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
Peter Nagy & Phillippe Rouyer, eds.
1st floor Ref PN1861 .W67 1994
v. 1 Europe / v. 2 The Americas / v. 3 Africa / v. 4 The Arab World / v. 5 Asia/Oceania
The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama
Gabrielle H. Cody & Evert Sprinchorn, eds.
1st floor Ref PN1861 .C65 2007
International Dictionary of Theatre
Mark Hawkins-Dady, ed.
1st floor Ref PN2035 .I49 1996
v. 1 Plays / v. 2 Playwrights / v. 3 Actors, Directors, and Designers
Literature Resource Center
Good source for biographies of playwrights.