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Resource Guide:
Theatre

Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
CostumeGT 500-2370
TheatersNA 6820-6845
Interior decoration, furniture, etc.NK 1700-3496.3
The Performing Arts PN 1560-1590
DramaPN 1600-1988
PlaywritingPN 1660-1693
Theatre HistoryPN 1720-1861
Dramatic Representation: The TheaterPN 2000-3307
ActingPN 2061-2071
The Stage/Accessories (Design)PN 2085-2091
Tableaux, Pageants, “Happenings”PN 3203-3399
Collections of General Literature: DramaPN 6110.5-6120
Photography history and collectionsTR1-820
Clothing and DressTX 340
Subject BibliographyZ 5051-7999

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • African-american theater
  • Dramatic criticism
  • Dramatic production
  • Dramatists american
  • Theater audiences
  • Theater bibliography
  • Theater critics
  • Theater dictionaries
  • Theater England
  • Theater Great Britain
  • Theater history
  • Theater in art
  • Theater in literature
  • Theater Ireland
  • Theater moral and ethical aspects
  • Theater political aspects
  • Theater religious aspects
  • Theater reviews
  • Theatrical companies
  • Theatrical producers and directors
  • Theater United States
  • Commedia dell‚Äôarte
  • Musical theater
  • Drama
  • Theater Greece
  • Theater Rome
  • Classical drama
  • Theater United States history
  • Theater Great Britain history
  • Drama history and criticism
  • Actors
  • Acting
  • Black theater
  • Children‚Äôs theater
  • Comedy
  • Community theater
  • Costume (many subdivisions)
  • Dialogue
  • Drama (many subdivisions)
  • Experimental theater
  • Improvisation (acting)
  • Masques
  • Minstrel shows
  • Monologue
  • Motion pictures and theater
  • Musical theater (subdivisions)
  • One-act plays
  • Pantomime
  • Playwriting
  • Promptbooks
  • Reader‚Äôs theater
  • Repertory theater
  • Soliloquy
  • Stage adaptations
  • Stage lighting
  • Stage management
  • Street theater
  • Television and theater
  • Theater and society
  • Theater architecture
  • Theater audiences
  • Theater in literature
  • Theater management
  • Theatrical makeup
  • Tragedy
  • Tragicomedy

Sample Materials at Von Canon Library

Title Call Number
Stage and Scene DesignDVD PN 2091 .S12
Complete book of the American musical theaterML 1711 .E9
The Cambridge guide to world theatrePN 2035 .C27
The Oxford companion to American theatrePN 2220 .B6
American theater and drama research: 1945-1990Z 1231 .D7 S53
Acting and stage movementPN 2065 .A27
American Drama CriticismZ 1231 .D7 P3
American Playhouse in the Eighteenth CenturyNA 6830 .M3
American Set DesignPN 2096 .A1 A76
Children’s theatre and creative dramaticsPN 3157 .S55
Design for the stage – first stepsPN 2091 .S8 P35
The medieval theatrePN 2152 .W5
Page and stage: an approach to script analysisPN 1707 .L863
Songs of the theaterML 128 .S3 L55
New York theatre critics’ reviewsPN 1707 .N48
Play indexREF Z 5781 .P53
The Concise Oxford companion to the theatrePN 2035 .C63
The biographical encyclopaedia & who’s who of the American theatrePN 2285 .R5
French theatre in the neo-classical era, 1550-1789PN 2621 .F73
The Cambridge history of Latin American literaturePQ 7081 .C144
Index to plays, 1800-1926REF Z 5781 .A1F5
Stage it with music: …guide to the American musical theatreML 102 .M88 H6
American musical theatre: a chronicleML 1711 .B67
Drama criticismPN 1601 .D59
Drama A to ZPN 1625 .V3
The Oxford companion to the theatrePN 2035 .O9
Guide to monologues, menPN 2080 .G84
Theatre backstage from A to ZPN 2091 .M3 L68
Cambridge guide to American theatrePN 2220 .C35
A history of African American theatrePN 2270 .H551
A guide to critical reviews: Part I: American Drama, 1909-1982Z 1035 .A1 S3
Index to plays, 1800-1926REF Z 1231 .D7 S53

Research Databases

Relevant Journals and Magazines

  • Plays
  • Stage Directions
  • Theater Week
  • Theatre Crafts
  • Theatre Journal
  • American Theatre
  • Comparative Drama
  • Modern Drama
  • PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (formerly Performing Arts Journal)
  • Renaissance Quarterly
  • Renaissance Studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare Bulletin
  • Shakespeare Quarterly
  • Shakespeare Studies
  • TDR: Tulane Drama Review (formerly Drama Review)
  • Text and Performance Quarterly
  • TCI: Theatre Crafts International
  • Theatre History Studies
  • Theatre Journal
  • Theatre Notebook
  • Theatre Research International

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal or periodical, search our Journals.

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