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Bibliographies and databases

 Berlin 1848: public performances 

Checklist created by Paul Ulrich of the Berlin Central Library.

 Bibliographie des miracles et mystères français 

Liste 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, 1659-1715 

Chronological listing of theatre, opera, ballet and other performances. (Under development)

 Cervantes Project 2001 

Superb development incorporating texts, bio, bibliography, images, related links. Edited by Edouardo Urbina. Available in English and Spanish

 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 Project 

Dir. Jesse Hurlbut. Highly authoritative portal with links to excellent documentation, including mss.

 German plays in English translation 

In English and German. Fully searchable bibliography from the Goethe Institut, London

 German Theatre of the 90s 

Great 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 Âge 

Les 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 translation 

Bibliographies and some online links

 Native American Women's Playwrights Archive 

 Perseus database 

Classical 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 Theatre 

Standard reference work with good search facility

 World Shakespeare Bibliography 

Currently (July 20) advertising one month of FREE trial access. Login at as user "shakelib", password "trialbiblio". For me (ed.) it worked with Netscape but not with IE5 -- maybe due to a limitation in Microsoft's javascript implementation.

Libraries, museums and archives

 Bibliothéque de l'Arsenal 

 Billy Rose Theatre Collection 

New 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 Collection 

University of South Florida, Tampa. Currently lists main resources available, but extensive plans for further development

The Court Theatre (Slottsteater) is a unique example of an 18th century theatre still in full working order, complete with its original stage machinery. Site available in English and Swedish

 Federal Theatre Project Archives 

Mason 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 Library 

University of Manchester, UK. Useful general bibliographical search engine by keyword or decimal classification

 Max Reinhardt Archives 

The 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, London 

Little available online, as yet. Click on "computer catalogue"

Archival collections relating to various individuals (and some organizations) active in Canadian theatre, as well as some material relating to international theatre. These collections include manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, theatre programs, stage designs, and prompt books. The library also has a small number of collections relating to Canadian dance, music, and film

 University of Bristol Theatre Collection  (Recommended by Frances Carlyon.)

 Yale Research Guide in Theater studies 

Pointers to the collections, databases and other resources in the Yale University Library

Scholarly organizations

 Aphra Behn Society 

Dedicated 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


Discussion list devoted to theatre history run by the American Society for Theatre Research. Subscribe by sending the message subscribe ASTR-L firstname lastname to

 Centre National du Thèâtre 

Documentation 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 Society 

The 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 Society 

Has a useful newsletter. Members also receive RORD (Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama)


Electronic journal devoted to the study of the works of Oscar Wilde

 Ricardian online bookshelf 

 Richard III Society 

Especially valuable is the Ricardian online bookshelf (see above), and the articles in the sction 'Richard III Onstage and Off'

 Shakespeare Oxford Society 

No, 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 Germanica 

International society for research into the history of German-language. Some theatre interests

An international network of women in contemporary theatre

 Theatre Library Association 

New York

Articles and general resources

 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.) is an offshoot trom the mainsite; 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 Stage 

Library 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 Page 

Ruth 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

Linda Fenton Malloy has created a new production tool for the Department of Theatre at the University of B.C. The As You Like It website contains a wealth of information about the history of the play. Visually stunning.

 Asian theatre resources 

A compendium of Asian and Asian-American links maintained by the University of San Fransisco

Laban - Decroux project : Notation of corporal Mime directed by PA-PhD. Jorge Gayon with mime-expert Greta Maes.

This site offers abstracts and full-text papers pertaining to any aspect of theater or performance theory, focusing on papers delivered at the annual conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

 Brecht 100th Anniversary Page 

 Brecht Performances and resources 

 British Women Playwrights around 1800 

Detailed 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.

Part of Frank Mohler's impressive theatre site at Appalachian State U

 Cenalusófona  (Recommended by António José Silva.)

Theatre from Portugal, Brasil, Angola, Moçambique, São Tomé, Cabo Verde e Guiné-Bissau

An electronic information altar dedicated to Chicano and U.S. Latino theater.

 CoffeeTime  (Recommended by Svetlana Kartashyan.)

Catalog "Theatres of the world".

 Commedia dell'arte and Comedie-Italienne 

Resource list plus the beginnings of a collection of authentic early texts

Web about the representation of the Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 directed by Nacho Duato in Fuerteventura

 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.

 Creative Writing - Drama  (Recommended by Richard Toscan.)

229-page Web-text on the art/craft of playwriting. Gets 400,000 hits/year.

 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 Legality 

Discusses 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 resources 

Jack Lynch's great resource. See especially the links to 'literature' and 'electronic texts'

 Eugene O'Neill electronic archive 

Includes full-text online plays, newsletters, discussions, audio archives etc

 Euripides links 

Simple introduction

 European medieval drama 

 Exploring the paradoxes: on comparing film and theatre 

Essay on the differences between two dramatic genres

 Florence Mills - The Little Blackbird 

First 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.

An animated interactive exploration and reconstruction of Inigo Jones' great court masque

Linda Fenton Malloy has created a new production tool for the Department of Theatre at the University of B.C. The Frankenstein contains a wealth of information about the UBC production. Visually stunning.

Web with shows, news, pics, and links about the Auditorium of Fuerteventura, Canarias

 German Drama gateway 

 German plays in Spanish translation 

In Spanish and German

 Goethe and Moreno 

By 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),

 Goethe bytes 


Personal essay by Serge Ouaknine of UQAM

 Grotowski: Igniting the flames 

Detailed 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 

Web about the representation of Hoy no puedo ir a trabajar porque estoy enamorado, directed by Natalia Menéndez, in Fuerteventura

 Ibsen Studies Centre 

Book-length meditation on Descartes, Hamlet and Stanislavski. Follow the book (publications) icon from the title frame

By Megan Katovich

 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 Fund 

The 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 site 

Historical introduction, fine illustrations (including 19thC page reproductions), music transcriptions and sound recordings


The shadow puppets of Kerala, India

 Le Thèâtre de la foire á Paris 

Barry 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.]

 Le Thèâtre mèdièval 

 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 notes 

Brief notes on indigenous Malaysian theatre forms from the Asian Theatre Centre in Penang

 Marcel Marceau Foundation 

Devoted to the work of the great French mime, Marcel Marceau


The entire theatre corpus (in French), with biog notes and bibliographies coming soon

 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 Musical 

Official 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 Spontaneity 

Brief article leading to fuller resources on the Austrian father of Psychodrama

 Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet 

 N-Town plays 

Modern 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 Environment 

by 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 

 Peter Barnes 

 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-Royal 

Part of the tercentenary celebrations. In French

 Radio Drama Teaching and Learning Site 

Scripts, teaching advice based on solid experience. Maintained by Alan Beck at the University of Ke2nt in Canterbury, UK

 Rare items from 19th Century Theatre Auction  (Recommended by christopher moore.)

Online auction of theatre ephemera, mostly American

 Ray Walston interviewed 

 Re-orienting semiotics: performance, philosophy and theory 

 Records of Early English Drama 

Solid, authoritative scholarly resource based in Toronto

 Revue Marivaux 

Online version of this distinguished and well-established journal. The site also offers a range of services for 18thC theatre scholars

 Ricketts' Circus 

 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 

 Robert Wilson Website  (Recommended by Geoffrey B. Wexler.)

Robert Wilson is an internationally recognized pioneer and innovator in modern theater. The website contains valuable information on current and past performances, as well as a complete bibliography.


 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 Shepard 

Excellent 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.

CFPs of theatre and drama conferences, Studies about drama and theatre history, research groups

 School theatre -- Iskoladráma  (Recommended by Kedves Csaba.)

The major repository for documentary material relating to the performing arts in Scotland.

 Seeta-Swayamwara  (Recommended by Praveen Bhole.)

the page is about the play, 'Seeta-Swayamwara', which is supposed to be the first recorded performance in the history of Marathi Theatre.

 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 Australian Performing Group (Pram Factory) Research Site  (Recommended by William Head.)

This site contains information and research help on the APG. Included is a hypertext essay, a huge list of links related to the Apg and pointers for non-net research.


 The Development of Stage Spectacle  (Recommended by Frank Mohler.)

Fascinating animations, plus database of early stage machinery

 The Electronic Theatre Archive 

By Jane Moody. A thoughtful look at the future of theatre scholarship

Rare glimps into fifty year theatrical touring history of the Marks Brothers at the turn of the century!

 The New Deal Stage - Selections from the Federal Theatre Project Archives 

This 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 

A wealth of information about and color photos of classical plays and The Shakespeare Theatre's innovative productions.

 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 

A collection of resources and teaching ideas for all those working with 11-18 year olds in Drama and theatre.

Produced by students at the University of Florida

The World of Mime Theatre is the longest standing, most comprehensive general information site on the Internet for the field of Mime Theatre. Includes information on mime in 25 countries on 6 continents.

It's a work on the war in the years 1697 to 1716 between the Comédie-Française and the Theatre of the foire

 Thèâtre de P.-Y. Millot 

Interview with Pierre-Yves Millot. In French

 Theatre history cybercourse 

 Theatre research in Canada  (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

 Translations of French Romantic Playrights: Dumas pere  (Recommended by Frank Morlock.)

This site contains translations of plays by Alexandre Dumas pere, not otherwise available in English

 Turkey's dramatic tradition 

Karagoz (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.

Solid documentation of the York cycle produced in Toronto in 1998, with links to the full texts, many photos, etc

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