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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

Modern Drama
Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
Modern Drama
19th Century Theatre & Film
Publishes articles on acting, directing, playwriting, and technology. In print at Jerome Library.
Scholarly journal covering research in world drama from 1850 to the present. Full text online in Project MUSE.
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
Text and Performance Quarterly
Performance Research
Text & Performance Quarterly
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.
Provides a scholarly forum to document and critique performances within issues in performance studies. Full text online.






Theatre History Studies
TDR: The Drama Review
Theatre Design & Technology
Theatre History Studies
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.
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.
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
Theatre Notebook
Theatre Research International
Features social and historical studies, production reviews, and theoretical analysis of dramatic texts and production. Full text online.
A journal of the history and technique of the British theatreFull text online.
Presents history and criticism of drama and the art of the theatreFull text online.
Theatre Survey
Word Matters
Youth Theatre Journal
Theatre Survey
Word Matters
Youth Theatre Journal
Provides rigorous historical and theoretical studies of performance across all periods. Full text online.
Contains articles on the inter-relationship of communication, theater, drama and speech at all levels of education. In print at Jerome Library.
Includes articles covering theater and drama education for young audiences. Full text online.


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

Screenshot of historical New York Times in ProQuest

Screenshot of LexisNexis

Screenshot of LexisNexis


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

Feminist theory & theatre


Theatre history