Theatre Research Guide

Reference Sources

Call Numbers | Research Guides | Articles | Bibliographies | Biographical Sources | Costume Sources | Dictionaries & Encyclopedias | Directories | Monologues | Play Indexes | Play Reviews


Call Numbers

PN 1600-2000 Literature. Drama
PN 1600 Periodicals, Yearbooks
PN 1625 Dictionaries
PN 1630 General Works
PN 1660-1669 Technique of Dramatic composition
PN 1691 Construction of the play
PN 1707 Criticism
PN 1720-1730 History
PN 1731-1861 Drama by period (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, etc.)
PN 1831-1861 Modern (17th to 20th century)
PN 1865 One-act plays
PN 1872-1879 Historical Plays
PN 1892 Tragedy
PN 1922 Comedy
PN 1950 Science Fiction Plays
PN 1962 Vaudeville
PN 1972-1982 Puppet Theater
PN 1985-1988 Pantomimes

PN 2000-3307 Dramatic Representation. The Theater
PN 2000-2021 Periodicals, Yearbooks, Societies
PN 2035 Dictionaries
PN 2039 Philosophy
PN 2053 Management, administration, production
PN 2055- 2073 Acting
PN 2074 Theater as a Profession
PN 2085-2091 The Stage and Accessories
PN 2098 Theater Posters
PN 2100-2193 History
PN 2131-2179 By Period (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, etc.)
PN 2181-2193 Modern
PN 2219-3030 Special regions or countries
PN 3151-3171 Amateur Theatricals
PN 3175-3191 College and School Theatricals
PN 3203-3299 Tableaux, pageants, "happenings", etc.

Drama materials are scattered throughout several call numbers. They are catalogued by nationality, with individual or collective plays being catalogued according to the literature of specific countries, then by author. Ex: PQ=Romance Literatures, PT= Germanic Literatures, PR= English Literature, PS= American Literature, etc.


Research Guides

Catron. Theatre sources dot com: a complete guide to online theatre and dance resources. HumRef PN 2052 .C38 2001

Cheshire. Theatre: History, Criticism, and Reference. HUM REF PN 2021 .X1 C48 1967

Elliot. Performing Arts Information, 1975-1980: A Bibliography of Reference Works. 1982. HUM REF PN 1584 .X1 E44

Hudson. How to Write About Theatre and Drama. HUMRef PN 1707.H83 2000

Link. English Drama, 1660-1800: a Guide to Information Sources. 1976. HUM REF PR 701 .X1 L55

Lowe. A Guide to Reference and Bibliography for Theatre Research. 1971. HUM REF PN 1625 .X1 L87

Shaland. American Theater and Drama Research: An Annotated Guide to Information Sources, 1945-1990. 1991.
HUM REF PN 2266.3 .X1 S43 1991

Stoddard. Theatre and Cinema Architecture: a Guide to Information Sources. 1978. HUM REF NA 6821 .X1 S75

Stoddard. Stage Scenery, Machinery and Lighting: a Guide to Information Sources. 1978. HUM REF PN 2091 .S8 X83

Whalon. Performing Arts Research. 1976. HUM REF PN 1584 .X1 W5



Art Full-Text
H.W. Wilson, 1984-present. Updated monthly. Indexes many important academic theatre, film, and performing arts journals. For 1929-1984, see print editions in HUMREF N 1 .A1 A782x

Cumulated Dramatic Index, 1909-1949.
2 vols. 1965. A cumulation of the Dramatic Index to journals in English. Old, but good for the period it covers.
HUM REF PN 1625 .X1 C8

Guide to the Performing Arts. 1957-1968.
Periodical index to the major performing arts journals for the period covered. HUM REF PN 1560 .G83x

Theatre/Drama Abstracts. 1974-1977. Short lived, but useful. HUM REF PN 1601 .X1 T43

Theatre Arts Publications in the United States, 1947-1952. 1959. HUM REF PN 2012 .X1 M5

Humanities Abstracts
1980-present. Updated monthly. Academic journals in theatre and performing arts. Coverage for 1974-1980 in print at HUMREF AI 3 .H85

MLA International Bibliography
1963-present. Updated monthly. Coverage for 1921-1963 in print at HUMREF PB 41 .X1 M6

Arts and Humanities Citation Index
1980-present. Index to citations in over 1,300 journals. Coverage for 1975-1980 in print at HumRef AI 1 .A27x

For current reviews and articles in popular magazines or newspapers, consult general periodical indexes such as: Academic Universe, Pro-Quest, EBSCO, Readers' Guide, and others.


Annotated Bibliography of New Publications in the Performing Arts. 1972-present . HUM REF PN 1584 .X1 A55

Bibliographic Guide to Theatre Arts. 1975-present. (annual) HUM REF PN 1620 .N562x
Lists books cataloged by New York Public Library and the Library of Congress.

Carpenter. Modern Drama Scholarship and Criticism: An International Bibliography.
HumRef PN1625 .X1 C532 1986 (1966-1990)
HumRef PN1625 .X1 C5322x 1997 (1981-1990)

Chicorel Bibliography to the Performing Arts. 1972. HUM REF PN 1584 .X1 C45

Hunter. Drama Bibliography. 1971. HUM REF PN 1625 .X1 H84

* International Bibliography of Theatre (IBT). 1982-present (bi-annual) HUM REF PN 1561 .X1 I5
Comprehensive compilation of resources by the American Society for Theatre Research & the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts, in cooperation with the International Federation for Theatre Research.

By Period Arnott and Robinson. English Theatrical Literature, 1559-1900. HUM REF PN 2581 .X1 A74 1970

Boyer, Robert. Realism in European Theatre and Drama 1870-1920, a Bibliography. 1979. HUM REF PN 1851 .X1 B69

Cavanagh. British Theatre: a Bibliography, 1901 to 1985. 1989. HUM REF PN 2581 .X1 C38 1989

Silvester. United States Theatre: A Bibliography from the Beginning to 1990. 1993. HUM REF PN 2221 .X1 S85 1993

Stevens. English Renaissance Theatre History: A Reference Guide. 1982. HUM REF PN 2589 .X1 S83

Stratman. Restoration and Eighteenth Century Theatre Research: A Bibliographic Guide, 1900-1968. 1971.
HUM REF PR 701 .X1 S87

Wilmeth. The American Stage to World War I. 1978. HUM REF PN 2221 .X1 W55

By Subject Bryan. Stage Lives: A Bibliography and Index to Theatrical Biographies in English. HUM REF PN 2205 .X1 S82 1985

Crothers. The Puppeteer's Library Guide: the Bibliographic Index to the Literature of the World Puppet Theatre. 1971. 2 vols.
HUM REF PN 1972 .X1 C7

Evans. Comedy: An Annotated Bibliography of Theory and Criticism. HUM REF PN 1922 .E92 C65x 1987

Fordyce. Children's Theatre and Creative Dramatics: An Annotated Bibliography of Critical Works. 1975.
HUM REF PN 3157 .X1 F67

Howard. A Bibliography of Theatre Technology. 1982. HUMREF PN 2091 .S8 X62

Performing Arts Resources, 1974-present. (annual) HUM REF PN 1584 .X1 P46

Rickert and Bloomquist. Resources in Theatre and Disability. HUM REF PN 1590 .H36 R53 1988

Shaland, Irene. American Theater and Drama Research. 1991. HUM REF PN 2266.3 .X1 S43 1991

Slide. Selected Vaudeville Criticism. HUM REF PN 1968 .U5 S35 1988

Steadman. Dramatic Revisions: An Annotated Bibliography of Feminism and Theatre, 1972-1988.
HUMREF PN 1590 .W4 S84 1991

Stoddard. Stage Scenery, Machinery, and Lighting: A list of books, articles, pamphlets on the subject from classical Greek theatre to theatre of the 1970s. HUM REF PN 2091 .S8 X83

Women in American Theatre. HUM REF PN 2226 .W6 1987


Biographical Sources

British Playwrights, 1956-1995: A Research and Production Sourcebook. HUM REF PR 736 .B75 1996

Contemporary Dramatists. HUMREF PR 737 .C57x (latest ed. in HumRef, earlier in stacks)

Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television. 1984-present. (annual). HUM REF PN 2208 .W5

Contemporary Women Dramatists. HUM REF PR 736 .C58 1994

Highfill. A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800. 1973-. 16 vols. HUM REF PN 2597 .H5

Kaplan. Variety, Who's Who in Show Business. HUM REF PN 1583 .V37 1985

Major Modern Dramatists. 2 vols. HUM REF PN 1861 .M27 1983

Mann. Women Playwrights in England, Ireland, and Scotland, 1660-1823. HUM REF PR 635 .W6 M36 1996

McNeil and Herbert. Performing Arts Biography Master Index. HUM REF PN 1583 .M37 1982
Over 270,000 biographical sketches of performing arts figures from over 100 main biographical dictionaries.

Notable Women in the American Theatre: A Biographical Dictionary. HUM REF PN 2285 .N65 1989

Smith. Who's Who in Comedy: Comedians, Comics, and Clowns from Vaudeville to Today's Stand-ups. 1992.
HUM REF PN 1583 .S6 1992


Costume Sources

Barsis. The Common Man Through the Centuries: A Book of Costume Drawings. 1973. GT 720 .B37 1973

Braun-Ronsdorf. Mirror of Fashion: A History of European Costumes, 1789-19129. 1964. GT 595 .B713

Brooke. English Costume in the Early Middle Ages: The Tenth to the Thirteenth Centuries. 1987. GT 732 .B65

Cunnington. Handbook of English Medieval Costume. 1972. GT 732 .C84 1972

Hiler. Bibliography of Costume. 1939. HumRef GT507.X1 H64

Kesler. Theatrical Costume: A Guide to Information Sources. 1979. HumRef PN2067.X1 K47

McDowell’s Directory of Twentieth Century Fashion. 1985. SciRef TT 505 .A1 M37x 1985

Payne. History of Costume: From the Ancient Egyptians to the Twentieth Century. 1965. GT 510 .P35

Waugh. The Cut of Women’s Clothes, 1600-1930. 1968. TT 504 .W385 1968b

Warwick. Early American Dress: The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods. 1965. GT 605 .W37x

Wilcox. Five Centuries of American Costume. 1988. GT 605 .W5

Yarwood. The Encyclopedia of World Costume. 1978. GT 507 .Y37 1978

See also Costumes in the section "Web Sites."


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Banham. The Cambridge Guide to Theatre. HUMREF PN 2035 .C27 1995

Bordman. American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1869-1914. HUM REF PN 2256 .B6 1994
------. American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1914- 1930. HUM REF PN 2256 .B6 1995
------. The Oxford Companion to American Theatre. HUM REF PN 2220 .B6 1984

Bronner. The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre, 1900-1975. 1980. HUM REF PN 2266 .B68

Ceballos, Edgar. Diccionario Enciclopedico Basico De Teatro Mexicano. HUM REF PN 2311 .C37x 1996

Courtney. Dictionary of Developmental Drama: The Use of Terminology in Educational Drama, Theatre Education, Creative Dramatics, Children's Theatre, Drama Therapy, and Related Areas. HUM REF PN 3171 .C6388 1987

* Magill. Critical Survey of Drama. 1994. 7 vols. HUM REF PR 625 .C74x 1994

Drama Criticism. 1991. 3 vols. HUM REF PN 1601 .D59

Enciclopedia dello Spettacolo. 9 vols. + 2 suppls. 1954-78. HUM REF PN 1625 .E7

Hartnoll. The Oxford Companion to the Theatre. HUM REF PN 2035 .H3 1967

Hawkins-Dady. International Dictionary of Theatre. 3 vols. HumRef PN 2034 .I49 1992

Leiter. The Encyclopedia of the New York Stage, 1920-1930. 2 vols. HUM REF PN 2277 .N5 L36 1985

Loney. 20th Century Theatre. 2 vols. HUM REF PN 2189 .L65 1983

Lounsbury and Bonlanger. Theatre Backstage from A to Z. HUM REF PN 2091 .M3 L68 1989

McGraw-Hill Encylopedia of World Drama. 5 vols. 1984. HUM REF PN 1625 .M3 1984

Magill. Critical Survey of Drama: Foreign Language Series. 6 vols. 1986. Volumes 1-5 cover dramatists; volume 6 includes essays and index. Excellent source for critical summaries of major foreign dramatists. HUM REF PN 1625 .C74 1986

Packard et al. The Facts on File Dictionary of the Theatre. 1988. HUM REF PN 2035 .F27 1988

Philpott. Dictionary of Puppetry. HUM REF PN 1972 .P47 1967b

* Rubin. The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre. 6 vols. HumRef PN 2189.W67 1994.

Swortzell. International Guide to Children's Theatre and Educational Theatre: A Historical and Geographical Source Book.
HUM REF PN 3157 .I58 1990

Trapido. An International Dictionary of Theatre Language. HUM REF PN 2035 .I5 1985

Wilmeth and Miller. The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre. HUMREF PN 2220 .C35 1993



American Theatre Companies, 1749-1887. Ed. by Weldon B. Durham. HUM REF PN 2237 .A43 1986
1888-1930 Supplement - HUM REF PN 2256 .A44 1987 1931
1986 Supplement - HUM REF PN 2266 .A54 1989

Everett. The Performing Arts Major's College Guide. HUM REF PN 1577 .E94 1992

Hischak. The Theatregoer's Almanac. HUM REF PN 2266 .H53 1997

Merin. International Directory of Theatre, Dance, and Folklore Festivals. HUM REF PN 1590 .F47 M47 1979

Sarver and Markus. A Novel Approach to Theatre: from Adams to Zola. HUM REF PN 3352 .T45 S27 1997

Sharp. Index to Characters in the Performing Arts. 1966-73. 4 vols. in 6. HUM REF PN 1579 .S45

Sourcebook for the Performing Arts: A Directory of Collections, Resources, Scholars, and Critics in Theatre, Film, and Television. comp. by Anthony Slide, Patricia King Hanson, and Stephen L. Hanson. HUM REF PN 2289 .S65 1988

Theatre Profiles. 1973-present. (Annual) HUM REF PN 2266 .T48

Stevenson. The Tony Award. HumRef PN 2270 .A93 T6 2001



Most monologues are located in the "Monologues" shelf, in the Humanities Reference shelves. For specific location, ask at the Humanities Reference Desk. For additional sources, check also in the regular stacks, under the same call numbers. The "Monologues" shelf contains classic monologues for men, women, children, young adults, monologues from film scenes, shakespeare and classical audition speeches.

You can also search the library's catalog using any of the following subject headings: s=monologues, s=dramatic monologues, s=monodramas, s=humorous poetry english, s=humorous recitations, s=dialogues s=acting--auditions, s=one-act plays, american.


Play Indexes

Chicorel Theater Index to Plays in Anthologies, Periodicals, Discs, and Tapes. HUM REF PN 1625 .X1 C52 1971

Chicorel Theater Index to Plays in Anthologies and Collections, 1970-1976. HUM REF PN 1625 .X1 C53 1977

Chicorel Theater Index to Plays in Periodicals. HUM REF PN 1625 .X1 C524 1973

Connor and Connor. Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections. Indexes plays in collections published from 1900-1985 in England and the United States.
HUMREF PN1655 .X1 082 1988 (Index Table)

Firkins. Index to Plays, 1800-1926. HUMREF PN 1625 .X1 F5 1927 + Supplement

Guide to Play Selection: A Selective Bibliography for Production and Study of Modern Plays. HUMREF PN1625 .X1 N27 1975

Ireland. Index to Full-Length Plays, 1944-1964. Updates Thompson's previous 2 vols. HUM REF PN 1625 .X1 T381 1965

Keller. Index to Plays in Periodicals. Index of plays in 103 periodicals published to 1976. Supplement covers to 1979.
HUMREF PN1625 .X1 K43 1979
------. Index to Plays in Periodicals, 1977-1987. Hum Ref PN 1751 .X1 K45 1990

Kreider, Barbara A. Index to Children's Plays in Collections. 2nd ed. 1977. Hum Ref PN 1625 .K7 1977

Patterson. Plays in Periodicals: An Index to English Language Scripts in Twentieth Century Journals. Indexes plays published between 1900-1968. HUM REF PN 1625 .X1 P27

*The Play Index. 1949-1992. Hum Ref PN 1655 .X1 P53

Salem, James M. Drury's Guide to Best Plays. 4th ed. 1987. Includes annotations, synopses, dates, main characters, subject lists, plays for amateurs, high schools, prize plays, etc. Hum Ref PN 1625 .X1 D8 1987

Samples, Gordon. The Drama Scholars' Index to Plays and Filmscripts. 1974+1986 update. Includes plays in anthologies, series, and periodicals. 3 vols. HUM REF PN 1655 .X1 S26

Thomson, Ruth Gibbons. Index to Full Length Plays. Boston: F.W. Faxon, 1946-56. 2 vols. (1895-1944) PN 1625 .X1 T38


Play Reviews

Comtois and Miller. Contemporary American Theatre Critics: a Directory and Anthology of Their Works. 1977. Who, what, where, and how of American theatre critics. Also includes a bibliography on American theatre criticism, 1900-1976.
HUM REF PN 1707.9 .C6

Marks. American Literary and Drama Review: an Index to Late Nineteenth Century Periodicals. 1984. Indexes 13 magazines from 1800 to 1900. HUM REF PN 2256 .M37 1984

New York Times Theater Reviews, 1920-1994. 10 vols. + Bi-annual updates. A compilation of the reviews published in the New York Times. HUM REF PN 1581 .N4 (Index Table)

New York Theatre Critics' Reviews. 1969-present. Weekly reprinting of theatre reviews published in magazines and in New York newspapers. In 1996, title changed to: National Theatre Critics' Reviews, appearing semi-monthly. HUM REF PN 1601 .N76 (Index Table)

Salem. A Guide to Critical Reviews. 1967. Covers American drama, musicals, motion pictures, and English and Continental drama. HUM REF PN 1994 .X1 S341 (1966-1971) 4 vols. in 5.
------. 2nd ed. 1973. HUM REF PN 1994 .X1 S341 1973 (4 pts.)
------. 3rd ed. 1984- HUM REF PN 2266 .X1 S24 1984 (2 vols.) Reviews for 1909-1982.

Slide. Selected Theatre Criticism. 3 vols. Reviews from1900-1950. HUM REF PN 2277 .N5 S44 1985

Stanley. Broadway in the West End: An Index of Reviews of American Theatre in London, 1950-1975. 1978.
HUM REF PN 2596 .L6 S77