Theater Resources

Online Resources (for Bethel Users)

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text is the definitive research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts. This database was initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research, and since 1984, the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College has published 14 volumes of the IBTD. These volumes comprise a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text contains more than 490 full-text titles, including more than 170 full-text journals, and more than 360 full-text books & monographs.

Play Index (H.W. Wilson)

Play Index searches over 30,000 plays written from Antiquity to the present and published from 1949 to the present in the convenient electronic form that patrons prefer. An invaluable aid to finding the perfect plays, Play Index covers a wide range of plays written in or translated into English, including mysteries, pageants, plays in verse, puppet performances, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Search for plays by title; author; subject (sisters, culture conflict, marriage); style (symbolism, experimental theater); genre (comedy, melodrama, musical); cast type.


Online Resources (free to All Users)

American Variety Stage : Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920

Multimedia collection containing digitized versions of selected Library of Congress holdings. Represents diverse forms of popular entertainment, especially vaudeville, that thrived from 1870-1920. Includes 334 English and Yiddish language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, sixty-one motion pictures, and 143 photographs and twenty-nine memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini. (Source: WorldCat)

Didaskalia: Ancient Theater Today

"An English-language publication about Greek and Roman drama, dance, and music as they are performed today." (Source: WorldCat)

Internet Broadway database

Official archival database for Broadway theater information. Features information on current and past productions in the Broadway theaters of New York City, including production statistics, dates, cast, crew and creative staff credits, roles, and related facts. (Source: WorldCat)

Lortel Archives: the Internet Off-Broadway Database

Database provides a catalogue of shows produced Off-Broadway. Information on each production includes title page credits, original cast members and replacements, window card photos, awards won, number of performances and information about Off-Broadway theatre spaces, theatre companies and the people who make Off-Broadway come to life. (Source: WorldCat)

The New Deal Stage: Selections From the Federal Theatre Project, 1935-1939

Presents over 3,000 images of items from the Federal Theatre Project Collection at the Library of Congress such as stage and costume designs, still photographs, posters, and scripts for productions of Macbeth. Includes finding aid. Offered as part of the American Memory online resource compiled by the National Digital Library Program of the Library of Congress. (Source: WorldCat)