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Theatre and Performance Studies Resources: Theatre History, Criticism & Theory

For those needing information on theatre and performance studies resources


Find literary criticism and other articles about theatre & performance in the following databases:

Specialized databases

Reference books

Anthologies of Critical Texts

Theoretical Methodologies

Critical theory primary texts

Theatre Journals

Dramatics Modern Drama Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film

Publishes articles on acting, directing, playwriting, and technology. In print at Jerome Library.

Modern Drama
Scholarly journal covering research in world drama from 1850 to the present. Full text online in Project MUSE.
19th Century Theatre & Film
Publishes research on all kinds of 19th century performance: theatre, early film, ‘pre-cinema’ optical and narrative forms, and illusions. In print at Jerome Library and full text online.
Performance Research Plays Text and Performance Quarterly
Performance Research
Covers contemporary and historical performance and promotes a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas, images and analysis. Full text online.
Prints royalty-free one-act plays and programs for schools, young people's clubs and libraries. In print at Jerome Library and full text online in EBSCO.
Text & Performance Quarterly
Provides a scholarly forum to document and critique performances within issues in performance studies. Full text online.
   Theatre History Studies
TDR: The Drama Review
Provides a forum for writing about performances and their social, economic, and political contexts, emphasizing the experimental, avant-garde, intercultural, and interdisciplinary. Full text online.
Theatre Design & Technology
The journal for design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry. In print at Jerome Library and full text online in EBSCO.
Theatre History Studies
Covers research in all areas of theatre history. In print at Jerome Library and full text online in EBSCO.
Theatre Journal Theatre Notebook Theatre Research International
Theatre Journal
Features social and historical studies, production reviews, and theoretical analysis of dramatic texts and production. Full text online.
Theatre Notebook
A journal of the history and technique of the British theatre. Full text online.
Theatre Research International
Presents history and criticism of drama and the art of the theatre. Full text online.
   Theatre Survey Word Matters Youth Theatre Journal
Theatre Survey
Provides rigorous historical and theoretical studies of performance across all periods. Full text online.
Word Matters
Contains articles on the inter-relationship of communication, theater, drama and speech at all levels of education. In print at Jerome Library.
Youth Theatre Journal
Includes articles covering theater and drama education for young audiences. Full text online.


Find reviews of plays and performances in the following newspaper databases:


You may also be able to find theatre reviews in the following magazine and newspaper databases:

Feminist theory & theatre


Theatre history