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Drama   Tags: acting, drama, film, stage, theater  

This guide is comprised of both library and Internet resources recommended for finding information on Drama. Here you will find links to resources covering biographies, bibliographies, dramatic works and criticisms, acting and set design.
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The Prop Building Guidebook - Eric Hart
Call Number: PN 2091 .S8 H255 2013
ISBN: 9780240821382
Publication Date: 2013-03-08
Theatre and film frequently require replicas of three-dimensional objects built for actors to use. This book lays the groundwork for an artisan to determine what materials and techniques to use to build these props.

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The Stage Manager's Toolkit - Laurie Kincman
Call Number: PN 2085 .K57 2013
ISBN: 9780415663199
Publication Date: 2013-04-11
The Stage Manger's Toolkit is more than another overview book which generalizes how to be a Stage Manager. It presents the day-to-day duties in detail--discussing not only what to do but also why. Focusing on communication best practices, the book explores objectives, paperwork, and the questions that need to be asked in order to ensure a smooth production whether on Broadway, at a university, or somewhere in between.

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Acting in Documentary Theatre - Tom Cantrell
Call Number: PN 2058 .C36 2013
ISBN: 9781137019721
Publication Date: 2013-07-26
Using new interview material with actors, directors and writers, this book explores the challenges of performance in documentary theatre. Through a series of high profile case studies, Cantrell uses acting theory to examine the actors' complex processes, and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of stage performance.

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The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History - David Wiles (Editor); Christine Dymkowski (Editor)
Call Number: PN 2101 .C36 2013
ISBN: 9780521766364
Publication Date: 2012-12-13
Scholars, amateur historians and actors have shaped theatre history in different ways at different times and in different places. This Companion offers students and general readers a series of accessible and engaging essays on the key aspects of studying and writing theatre history. The diverse international team of contributors investigates how theatre history has been constructed, showing how historical facts are tied to political and artistic agendas and explaining why history matters to us. Beginning with an introduction to the central narrative that traditionally informs our understanding of what theatre is, the book then turns to alternative points of view - from other parts of the world and from the perspective of performers in fields such as music-theatre and circus. It concludes by looking at how history is written in the 'democratic' age of the Internet and offers a new perspective on theatre history in our globalised world.

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The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre - Kerry Powell (Editor)
Call Number: PN 2595 .P694 2004 EBOOK
ISBN: 9780521791571
Publication Date: 2004-02-19
This Companion is designed for readers interested in the creation, production and interpretation of Victorian and Edwardian theater. An introduction surveying the historical period of the theater is followed by an essay contextualizing it within the culture as a whole. Succeeding chapters examine performance and production, (including music, actors, stagecraft and audience), plays and playwriting and issues of class and gender. Types of performances (such as comedy, farce, melodrama) and the economics of the theater are also analyzed.

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The Cambridge Companion to British Theatre, 1730-1830 - Jane Moody (Editor); Daniel O'Quinn
Call Number: PN 2593 .T443 2007 E-BOOK
ISBN: 9780521852371
Publication Date: 2007-10-25
This Companion offers a wide-ranging and innovative guide to one of the most exciting and important periods in British theatrical history. The scope of the volume extends from the age of Garrick to the Romantic transformation of acting inaugurated by Edmund Kean. It brings together cutting-edge scholarship from leading international scholars in the long eighteenth century, offering lively and original insights into the world of the stage, its most influential playwrights and the professional lives of celebrated performers such as James Quin, George Anne Bellamy, John Philip Kemble, Dora Jordan, Fanny Abington and Sarah Siddons. The volume includes essential chapters about eighteenth-century acting, production and audiences, important surveys of key theatrical forms such as tragedy, comedy, melodrama and pantomime as well as a range of exciting thematic essays on subjects such as private theatricals, 'black' theatre and the representation of empire.


Getting Started

Getting Started

To find a play by a particular writer, search the library catalog for a playwright's name. Some individual plays are listed in the library catalog, but also look for a collection of works or an antholoy.  For criticisms, try the author name or play title as a Subject in Basic Catalog Search.

Looking for articles? Try Full-Text Journals or the Database tabs above.

Browse the Library shelves to find books on drama.

PN 1993-1999 Motion pictures
PN 1997-1997.85 Plays, scenarios, etc.
PN 2000-3307 Dramatic representation. The theater
PN 2061-2071 Art of acting
PN 2085-2091 The stage and accessories
PN 2131-2193
By period
PN 2131-2145 Ancient
PN 2152-2160 Medieval
PN 2171-2179 Renaissance
PN 2181-2193 Modern
PN 2219.3-3030 Special regions or countries
PN 3035 Jewish theater
PN 3151-3171
Amateur theater
PN 3175-3191 College and school theatricals
PN 3203-3299 Tableaux, pageants, "Happenings," etc.

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