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Theater and Dance: Finding Scripts

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

Looking for Scripts?

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Looking for scripts online can be tricky. We've put this guide together to help you find them! We've broken it down into finding the various types of scripts, but to start here are some tips: 

  • Knowing the right words to use will point you in the right direction (words like monologue, auditions, two actors, etc.)
  • When you find something helpful,  browse through and click on its subject headings to find similar resources. 
  • Try browsing the PN2080 section of the library

If you plan to take a performance out of the classroom, we highly recommend revisiting copyright and fair use laws. See the Creating a Production? tab for more info.

Finding Monologues

Thumbnail: Magnifying glass iconLooking for a monologue? Try searching our catalog using the below subject headings. They'll generate a nice list of monologues to browse through. Don't forget about our Browse the Shelf feature–it lets you virtually browse the shelf to see which books would be shelved next to the one you are looking at. This is a great feature for finding other similar books that might contain that certain monologue you are looking for! We've included a list of helpful subject headings to get you started and below that a list of some great online resources for finding even more monologues.

Helpful Subject Headings:

  • su: Monologues
  • su: Monologues (Drama)
  • su: Acting Auditions
  • su: Script (Documents)

Online Monologue Resources:

  • The Monologuer from Backstage: the different variety of highlighted search categories make this an easily searchable resource that's great for if you have an idea about the type of monologue you'd like to perform.
  • Monologue Blogger: boasts the largest collections of monologues for actors, with helpful category distinctions including genre, performer type, and duration
  • The Internet Movie Script Database: have a certain monologue in mind from a movie but can't find it–this database compiles scripts of movies for you to search through (one important thing to note, it doesn't have a search function within movie scripts, so you'll need to find the specific dialogue you're looking for manually)

 

Some Monologues to Get You Started

Finding Scripts for Two People

person iconLooking for a two-person scene? Try searching our catalog using the below subject headings. They'll generate a nice list of resources to browse through. Don't forget about our Browse the Shelf feature–it lets you virtually browse the shelf to see which books would be shelved next to the one you are looking at. This is a great feature for finding other similar books that might contain that certain scene you are looking for! We've included a list of helpful search terms to get you started below that a list of some great online resources for finding even more scenes.

Helpful Search Terms:

  • script two actors
  • scenes two actors
  • actor auditions
  • student actors

Online Scene Resources:

  • StageAgent: contains lots of scenes with varying numbers of actors and allows you to search by genre, time period, and number of characters in a scene
  • Monologue Blogger: despite the name, Monologue Blogger also has a wide array of multiple person scenes and categories to search through including, cast number, duration, and genre.
  • The Internet Movie Script Database: have a certain scene in mind from a movie but can't find it–this database compiles scripts of movies for you to search through (one important thing to note, it doesn't have a search function within movie scripts, so you'll need to find the specific dialogue you're looking for manually)

Some Multi-Person Scripts to Get You Started