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Theater and Dance: Researching Productions

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

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Browse any of our Theater and Dance databases for literary criticism and thematic analysis. We picked a few favorites to get you started.

Open Source Dance Resources

Topic Overviews

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

eBook
This encyclopedia provides authoritative and up-to-date information about theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe.

Encyclopedia of Musical Theater

MAC Reference ML102.M88 G3 2001
Musical theater around the world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, covering performers, composers, writers, shows, producers, directors, choreographers, and designers.

International Encyclopedia of Dance

eBook and MAC Reference GV1585 .I586 1998
A core reference work including signed entries and bibliographies, this covers the full spectrum of dance—theatrical, ritual, dance-drama, folk, traditional, ethnic, and social dance.

The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies

MAC Stacks PN1590.S6 S24 2006
Brings together discussions of the major research in performance studies and identifies directions for further investigation.

Acting

MAC Stacks PN2035 .O84 2001
A cross-cultural reference work exploring the diversity of expression found in rituals, festivals, and performances, uncovering acting techniques and practices from around the world.