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Theatre and Dance: Getting Started

A guide to print and online resources available through the DeWitt Wallace Library for drama, theater, dance, and the performing arts in general.

Browsing Tips

Thumbnail: Book iconIn the mood for an adventure in the stacks? The serendipity of browsing can lead to some great finds!

  • For theatre, try PN2000-3307. 
  • For dance, try GV1580-1799.

Keep in mind that books are often interdisciplinary and may be shelved elsewhere. Just because you don't find it doesn't mean we don't have it!

If you're new to using call numbers, check out this corny but quick video tutorial or ask someone at the front desk to point you in the right direction!

Or browse items available through the ACLS Humanities E-Book collection

Search the Library Catalog

Facts & Data

Thumbnail: Data IconMine the Theatre Communications Group website for statistics & reports about not-for-profit theatre in the U.S. 


National News, Production Buzz, & Ticket Information

Thumbnail: United States IconThese links are your best bets for up-to-date info on national productions.

Popular Databases

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Your best bets if you’ll be analyzing a particular theme, production, era, or person for a paper or project.

Theatre at Mac

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What's going on in the Twin Cities?

A handful of links to help kick-start your research process. For more info on local productions, reviews, & news, see the Researching a Production tab. For local resources and organizations, see the Career Resources tab.


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