Theatre studies, articles and resources
Bibliographies and databases
Libraries, museums and archives
Articles and general resources
Bibliographies and databases
Berlin 1848: public performancesChecklist created by Paul Ulrich of the Berlin Central Library.
Bibliographie des miracles et mystères françaisListe d'éditions critiques et d'études portant sur le théâtre religieux en langue française des XIVe, XVe et XVIe siècles. Par Graham A. Runnalls.
Calendrier des spectacles sous Louis XIV, 1659-1715Chronological listing of theatre, opera, ballet and other performances. (Under development)
Documentation of contemporary performance processes (Recommended by Peter Hulton.)Arts Archives is a catalogue of some 60 videos and CD-ROMS of international performance practitioners at work, teaching and explaining their practice.
Doollee's database (Recommended by doollee.)Quick checklist of post-1956 plays and playwrights
Dutch Theatre database(Census Nederlands Toneel) Online searchable listing and bibliography of over 8,000 plays prior to 1803. Massive project by Ceneton at the University of Leiden. Includes translations. The homepage also available in English. Superb
French Medieval Drama Database ProjectDir. Jesse Hurlbut. Highly authoritative portal with links to excellent documentation, including mss.
German plays in English translationIn English and German. Fully searchable bibliography from the Goethe Institut, London
German Theatre of the 90sGreat resource from the Goethe Institut in Lyon. In French and German. Includes full bibliography and biogs
handke theater information site (Recommended by michael roloff.)Devoted to the works of Peter Handke
Le Corpus du Théâtre religieux français du Moyen ÂgeLes textes sont groupés d'abord selon les genres traditionnels, qui coïncident en gros avec les siècles: (I) les Jeux Religieux des XIIe et XIIIe siècles; (II) les Miracles et autres drames religieux du XIVe siècle; (III) les Mystères des XVe et XVIe siècles. Par Graham A. Runnalls.
On trouvera ici, à l'Université de Toronto, toute une gamme d'information sur quelques deux mille pièces de théâtre, présentées, dans leur grande majorité, pour la première fois entre 1800 et 1850. Le corpus des pièces traitées est celui qui est déposé au Centre d'études du dix-neuvième siècle français Joseph Sablé.
Medieval European drama in translationBibliographies and some online links
Native American Women's Playwrights Archive
Perseus databaseClassical Greek resources. A model of what can be achieved with co-operation by a group of dedicated scholars. Based at Tufts University
SCENIS Stage of Central Europe and Newly Independent States Database of perfoming arts (Recommended by Sodja Zupanc.)The database contains performing arts web sites from: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania etc. (Excellent resource, and much-needed. -ed.)
The Ball & Plant Bibliography of Canadian TheatreStandard reference work with good search facility
Bibliothéque de l'Arsenal
Billy Rose Theatre CollectionNew York Public Library. One of the largest and most comprehensive archives devoted to the theatrical arts. The holdings illuminate virtually every type of performance, from street corner to stage to studio, and include drama and musical theatre, film, television, radio, and popular entertainment (circus, magic, vaudeville, puppetry).
Digital Performance Archive (DPA)Traces the rapid developments taking place which combine performance activity with new digital technologies. Includes an extensive online searchable database of virtual theatre performance and related events 1990-2000, with selected video documentation and statements by creators. Based in the UK at Nottingham Trent University, developed jointly by NT and the University of Salford. An exciting project.
Dion Boucicault Theater CollectionUniversity of South Florida, Tampa. Currently lists main resources available, but extensive plans for further development
Federal Theatre Project ArchivesMason University, Virginia. Holdings include administrative records, audiotapes, billboard sheets, music, negatives, photographs, playbills, radioscripts, and videotape lectures. The web site includes some photos and posters
Hungarian Theater Museum and Institute (Recommended by Andrea Tompa.)The Hungarian theater archive, library and museum.
John Rylands LibraryUniversity of Manchester, UK. Useful general bibliographical search engine by keyword or decimal classification
Max Reinhardt ArchivesThe Max Reinhardt Archives, State University of New York at Binghamton is happy to assist scholars interested in the varied aspects of Reinhardt's monumental career. Their holdings are strongest for his earlier and more experimental Berlin productions, and to a lesser extent his Salzburg Festival productions as well.
Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection (Recommended by Richard Mangan.)The Collection has long been known to academics and theatre historians and professionals all over the world, many of whom have used the research facilities and to whom the Collection has supplied rare or little-known pictures to illustrate theses, Ph.D. submissions, theatre books and programmes. The collection receives many requests for information and verification and has long been known for its integrity and accuracy.
Theatre Museum, LondonLittle available online, as yet. Click on "computer catalogue"
University of Bristol Theatre Collection (Recommended by Frances Carlyon.)
Yale Research Guide in Theater studiesPointers to the collections, databases and other resources in the Yale University Library
Aphra Behn SocietyDedicated to encouraging and advancing research that focuses on issues of gender and/or women's role in the arts of early modern culture, circa 1660-1800
ASTR-LDiscussion list devoted to theatre history run by the American Society for Theatre Research. Subscribe by sending the message subscribe ASTR-L firstname lastname to email@example.com.
Centre National du ThèâtreDocumentation et information sur le paysage théâtral français : théâtres, compagnies, festivals, organismes de formation, métiers, partenaires institutionnels du théâtre, édition spécialisée... Conseil aux jeunes désirant suivre une formation initiale pour les métiers artistiques, techniques ou administratifs du spectacle. Conseil aux professionnels pour les problèmes touchant aux activités du spectacle : budgétaires, juridiques, fiscaux, droits d'auteurs... Mise en place d'actions ponctuelles visant à la promotion du théâtre
International Brecht SocietyThe IBS was founded in 1970 on the model of Bertolt Brecht's own unrealized plans for a "Diderot Society". A non-profit, educational organization with a world-wide membership, the Society promotes the performance and understanding of Brecht's texts and addresses issues of politics and culture in contemporary life
International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR)IFTR/FIRT exists to promote collaboration and the exchange of information between individuals and organisations concerned with theatre research
International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA)
Medieval Renaisance Drama SocietyHas a useful newsletter. Members also receive RORD (Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama)
OScholarsElectronic journal devoted to the study of the works of Oscar Wilde
Ricardian online bookshelf
Richard III SocietyEspecially valuable is the Ricardian online bookshelf (see above), and the articles in the sction 'Richard III Onstage and Off'
Shakespeare Oxford SocietyNo, it's not a group of Oxford scholars, but a group committed to exploring the possibility that the plays of Shakespeare were written by the Earl of Oxford
Sociètè Internationale des Bibliothéques et des Musèes des Arts du Spectacle (SIBMAS)International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts
Thalia GermanicaInternational society for research into the history of German-language. Some theatre interests
Theatre Library AssociationNew York
100 X Brecht (Recommended by Colin Connolly.)Page about project to celebrate 100th anniversary of Brecht's birth in a wide variety of ways.
a s17 page site devoted to peter handke's plays (Recommended by michael roloff.)handkedrama.scriptmania.com is an offshoot trom the mainsite handke.scriptmania.com; it will provide all necessary resources once completely assembled
Access to theatre areas (Recommended by Heinz Pusitz.)Theatre areas are intentionally considered wordwide with a clear concept of the collected links..
All Theatre Arts (Recommended by Marilyn Cameron.)A new and wonderful resource for Drama Workers and those involved in Community Theatre Arts covering drama,dance and movement, in fact, All Theatre Arts!
American Variety StageLibrary of Congress: Vaudeville and popular entertainments, 1870-1920. Houdini, playbills, sound recordings, English and Yiddish playscripts. Among the materials available online, page images of 257 English playscripts, most of them unpublished, and 146 playbills. A resource of rare value
Aphra Behn PageRuth Nestvold's carefully crafted tribute to the 'shady and amorous' playwright whose remains are now enshrined in Westminster Abbey
Aristotle on Greek Tragedy (Recommended by Larry A. Brown.)of interest to those studying Greek tragedy
Asian theatre resourcesA compendium of Asian and Asian-American links maintained by the University of San Fransisco
Brecht 100th Anniversary Page
Brecht Performances and resources
British Women Playwrights around 1800Detailed bibliographies, full-text online plays, discussions, scholarship. Excellent resource.
Buiding a bridge in Derry (Recommended by Joanne Jones.)Outlines the work of The Derry Repertory Theatre, Derry, N.Ireland. This group have strived to create a theatre for all the people in Derry.
Burcardo Library and Theatre Collection, Rome, Italy (Recommended by Maria Teresa Iovinelli.)online catalogues, several digital projects under development
Calendar Online- A Guide to Orlando Theater, Museums and the Arts (Recommended by Anda Geisler.)Your Orlando city guide to find Orlando Theater, Museums. Classical Music and the Arts.
ÇanTiyatrosu (Recommended by Kenan Halis Kizildag.)We are a producor company for child theatre in Turkey. Our theatre group establish at 1984 and We were formed in April of 1984.
Cenalusófona (Recommended by António José Silva.)Theatre from Portugal, Brasil, Angola, Moçambique, São Tomé, Cabo Verde e Guiné-Bissau
CoffeeTime (Recommended by Svetlana Kartashyan.)Catalog "Theatres of the world".
Confederation Centre of the Arts (Recommended by Sarah Hastelow.)Canada's National Memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, Home of The Charlottetown Festival, Anne of Green Gables-The Musical plays to sold out crowds each summer
Conti, Traité de la comédie (1667)Original texts reflecting the attitudes of the early church fathers and various Councils to the theatre and actors. Full hypertext edition in French, edited by Mark Bannister. A fine resource.
Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church (Recommended by Eun Jung Gonzalez.)On-goning dance performance series in New York city
De-scribing Law: Performance in the Constitution of LegalityDiscusses the historical centrality and contemporary resurgence of performance - "restored behavior" - in the creation and perpetuation of law and legal values
DramaShare Christian Drama Resources (Recommended by John Alexander.)
Eighteenth Century resourcesJack Lynch's great resource. See especially the links to 'literature' and 'electronic texts'
Eugene O'Neill electronic archiveIncludes full-text online plays, newsletters, discussions, audio archives etc
Euripides linksSimple introduction
European medieval drama
Exploring the paradoxes: on comparing film and theatreEssay on the differences between two dramatic genres
Florence Mills - The Little BlackbirdFirst black woman to be featured in her own show on Broadway, first black performer to top the bill at the Palace. Good supporting material on vaudeville, etc.
German Drama gateway
German plays in Spanish translationIn Spanish and German
Goethe and MorenoBy Eberhard Scheiffele. Solid article on psychodrama and Moreno's view of Goethe as a forerunner. First published in the Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama & Sociometry, 49(2),
GrotowskiPersonal essay by Serge Ouaknine of UQAM
Grotowski: Igniting the flamesDetailed article on Polish director Jerzy Grotowski
Guide to developing a youth theatre (Recommended by Michael Burns.)A new book on developing a youth theatre troupe for educators and human services workers. Workhops avaialble.
Guide to Theatre in Africa
Historical relations between theatre and film: The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
Ibsen Studies Centre
Important British theatre recored 'live' on Video (Recommended by Robert Marshall.)Digital, multi-camera 'live' video recordings of important stage productions available on VHS and eventually DVD. Great performances and plays available to audiences around the world.
International Chekhov FundThe International Chekhov's Fund (ICF) is in process of its foundation under recommendations of the Council of world culture history (Russian Academy of Sciences), and Chekhov's commission (Russian Academy of Sciences).
Karagoz - Alpay Ekler's siteHistorical introduction, fine illustrations (including 19thC page reproductions), music transcriptions and sound recordings
KathanjaliThe shadow puppets of Kerala, India
Le Thèâtre de la foire á ParisBarry Russell's extensive hypertext site built around litle-known 17th and 18th century playscripts, many not available elsewhere, created by acrobats and puppeteers, from which developed much later popular entertainment. Includes bibiliographies, chronologies, biographical notes, theatre plans, original documentation (often from primary archival sources). First published 1995, and still expanding. [In French.]
Lettre sur Grotowski
London Theatre Tickets for musicals, comedies, concerts, etc (Recommended by Michael Smith.)This is the first theatre related site that I have found that consists of good up to date reviews and information pertaining to many of the latest performances in London.
Malaysian theatre notesBrief notes on indigenous Malaysian theatre forms from the Asian Theatre Centre in Penang
Marcel Marceau FoundationDevoted to the work of the great French mime, Marcel Marceau
Materials for the construction of Shakespeare's morals (Recommended by Ben Schneider.)Texts from Cicero, Seneca, Plutarch, North, Montaigne, Elyot, Spenser, James I, Hall
Moby Dick! The MusicalOfficial web site for the show.
Modernist Theatre Directors: Erwin Piscator (1893-1966)Short biography of the German theatrical director and producer. In German, with photo
Moliere's Tartuffe in Marathi : Awataar (Recommended by Praveen Bhole.)Centre for Performing Arts, which is popularly known as Lalit Kala Kendra, recently performed the Marathi version of Molière's Tartuffe : Awatãr. The Marathi text and directed by Praveen Bhole
Moreno and the Theater of SpontaneityBrief article leading to fuller resources on the Austrian father of Psychodrama
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet
N-Town playsModern spelling versions of the medieval cycle of passion plays, with all appendices, from the REED project in Toronto
New England Entertainment Digest (Recommended by JulieAnn Charest.)Just a note to let you know that your site has been linked to the New England Entertainment Digest, New England (& New York's) premiere entertainment monthly.
On Editing Women Playwrights' Works in an Electronic Environmentby Michael Eberle-Sinatra. Part of the site devoted to British Women Playwrights around 1800 (see above)
Online Review London (Recommended by Richard Frost.)Online Review London is an internet review magazine for the performing arts in London. It mainly covers theatre, ballet and other forms of dance, and it will soon be extended to cover performance art, opera and concerts.
OPSIS - Spectacles du Grand Siècle (Recommended by Guy Spielmann.)(Access controlled by password subject to registration.) Virtual Resource Center on the Performing Arts, 16th-18th century. Images, Glossary, Biographies, Bibliography, Chronology, Links, Original introduction to selected texts. (In French)
Out of print Broadway Posters and more...... (Recommended by Randy Fisher.)We are the only site that sell out of print Broadway posters from 1960's to 1980's on the internet
Period and style for designers
Piscator's Political Theatre (Recommended by Klaus Wannemacher.)Variety of historical documents about the director
Production Notebooks (Recommended by Mark Wellman.)Interesting experiment: day-to-day logs being kept by working actors and directors in production
Racine et Port-RoyalPart of the tercentenary celebrations. In French
Radio Drama Teaching and Learning SiteScripts, teaching advice based on solid experience. Maintained by Alan Beck at the University of Ke2nt in Canterbury, UK
Ray Walston interviewed
Re-orienting semiotics: performance, philosophy and theory
Records of Early English DramaSolid, authoritative scholarly resource based in Toronto
Revue MarivauxOnline version of this distinguished and well-established journal. The site also offers a range of services for 18thC theatre scholars
Ring Around the Collar: American Comedy and the Clergy (Recommended by Larry A. Brown.)of interest to those studying American drama and culture
Rivendell's Greek Drama Page
Royal National Theatre Archive (Recommended by Louise Ray.)These pages give basic information regarding the holdings of the Royal National Theatre Archive and how to contact the Archive. There is also on-line information regarding past productions at the National.
Sam ShepardExcellent survey and details of Shepard's career. Bibliographies, interviews, etc.
School and theatre (Recommended by Júlia Nagy and Csaba Kedves.)This is the homepage of Research Group for the Old Hungarian Dramas, which studies Hungarian 16-18th century schooldramas.
School theatre -- Iskoladráma (Recommended by Kedves Csaba.)
Shelley Winters interviewed
Sopanam (Recommended by Kavalam Panikkar.)This is about classical sanskrit theatre and folk plays and training in sanskrit theatre
STEM~Net's Drama Home Page (Recommended by Michael Coady.)a valuable curriculum resource for teachers and students of theatre and drama
teatrex : teatro in extremadura (Recommended by teatrex.)teatro en extremadura salas compañías festivales de merida badajoz cáceres
Teatro latinoamericano - cuerpo y política (Recommended by Magaly Muguercia.)Essays on Latin American theatre and on Performance Studies (Body and Politics)
tersgidenlerin adresi (Recommended by Oguz Arici.)
The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (Recommended by Amanda Wrigley.)An inter-disciplinary research project working towards the establishment of the international history of ancient drama in performance
THE BROADWAY WIG COMPANY (Recommended by ROBERT-CHARLES VALLANCE.)
The Development of Stage Spectacle (Recommended by Frank Mohler.)Fascinating animations, plus database of early stage machinery
The Electronic Theatre ArchiveBy Jane Moody. A thoughtful look at the future of theatre scholarship
The New Deal Stage - Selections from the Federal Theatre Project ArchivesThis online presentation includes over 3,000 images of items selected from the Federal Theatre Project Collection at the Library of Congress. Featured here are stage and costume designs, still photographs, posters, and scripts for productions of Macbeth and The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus as staged by Orson Welles, and for Power, a topical drama of the period. The Federal Theatre Project was one of five arts-related projects established during the first term of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt under the Works Progress Administration (WPA)
The On-Line Theatre Reviews Site that Covers the UK (Recommended by Rod Dungate.)Perceptive and informed theatre and performance reviews across the UK. Fully searchable and all available free.
The Public-Domain Shakespeare
The Shepperd Website (Recommended by Piers Shepperd.)290 Web Links to Technical Production Companies (sorted by category e.g. lighting, sound, security etc)
The Stephen Sondheim Stage
Thèâtre de P.-Y. MillotInterview with Pierre-Yves Millot. In French
Theatre history cybercourseOnly known site on theatrical performances among allied prisoners in Germany during WWII. Many vivid illustrations. Also a tribute to the actors (some professional and some amateur) involved.
Theatre research in Canada
TheatreHistory.com (Recommended by Walt.)LOTS of articles on theatre history!
This Month in Theatre History (Recommended by Richard Finkelstein.)This is a unique resource online. It is especially useful as a means of encouraging discussion on our theatre arts heritage. The site can also allow users to plan ahead for major theatre celebrations and anniversaries.
Tiyatro Keyfi (Recommended by kemal Basar.)Actual news, companies, performances of Turkish theatre, articles, photo gallery, downloadable scripts of famous Turkish playwrights
TOYS Theater - to see. to feel. to savor. (Recommended by Marina Fanshteyn.)16-years old Internationally Renown Deaf Professional Theater won hearts of any audience regardless of age, language, culture and beliefs
Traditional Turkish Shadow Theatre KARAGOZ (Recommended by Emin Senyer.)karagoz hacivat shadow theatre
Turkey's dramatic traditionKaragoz (shadow puppets), story-telling, improvisation, puppetry and conjuring. The site is still under construction, but looks like it'll become a useful resource when it's matured
USA Plays for Kids (Recommended by Sandy Asher.)Links to children's playwrights' Web pages and other useful resources, including the AATE Directory of Award-winning Plays.
uta hagen's acting class -- the video (Recommended by karen ludwig.)this is the first time a major acting teacher is recorded on video teaching master acting classes!!! uta hagen is brilliant; also interviews with jack lemmon, christine lahti and whoopi goldberg; all former students; a must for any theater
Views and reViews (Recommended by Mark Wellman.)A new journal of commentary by working theatre and film professionals
Voyages in Drama with Ibsen (Recommended by Francis Pitt.)
Brian Johnston shares his insight into Ibsen's dramatic artistry, exploring it's immense range, complexity, beauty, and imaginative daring, with the goal of establishing an adequate interpretation of this great dramatist.