Theater

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Academic Search Premier,designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,700 publications, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 8,200 journals in the collection. This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.
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Access to the full text of reference, scholarly, and professional books. EBSCO eBooks are digital full-text versions of books such as reference works, scholarly monographs, literature and fiction (at Brooklyn College, almost 6,000 titles), and 3,400 publicly-accessible titles. 

EBSCO books are viewable online and may be checked out and viewed or downloaded using the Adobe Digital Editions reader.  The reader is available free at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/.  The list of compatible devices is available at http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

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LexisNexis® Academic provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepard?s® Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; Business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news
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Access to the full text of reference, scholarly, and professional books. EBSCO eBooks are digital full-text versions of books such as reference works, scholarly monographs, literature and fiction (at Brooklyn College, almost 6,000 titles), and 3,400 publicly-accessible titles. 

EBSCO books are viewable online and may be checked out and viewed or downloaded using the Adobe Digital Editions reader.  The reader is available free at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/.  The list of compatible devices is available at http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

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Project Muse offers nearly 200 journal titles from some 30 scholarly publishers, covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others. Project MUSE provides full-text access to a comprehensive selection of humanities and social sciences journals.

Encyclopedias

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The Performing Arts Encyclopedia serves as a guide to the collections and resources at the Library of Congress that pertain to music, theater, and dance. Most of these collections and resources can be found in the Music Division, the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, and the American Folklife Center, although there are additional resources available in other divisions of the Library such as the Manuscript Division and the Rare Books Division.

Libraries, Research Centers and Academic Departments

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Digital texts and supplemental research materials from one of the world's premier Shakespeare collections.

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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts are a unique resource, providing hands-on access to an extraordinary array of materials. The largest public, circulating performing arts collections in the world, the Library for the Performing Arts meets the needs of people of all ages who want to learn more about the performing arts. From its open stacks, which allow readers to browse and discover materials, to its knowledgeable and friendly staff who offer guidance and information, to its user-friendly layout, the Library serves everyone with an interest in music, theatre, dance, film, and other popular entertainments.
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The Drama Library holds more than 30,000 volumes, including plays by American, British and foreign playwrights, books on the history of theatre, theatre architecture, dramatic criticism, costume and stage design, stage lighting and production, theatre management, biographies and related reference books. Periodicals collected range from scholarly theatre journals to weekly trade papers. In addition to theatre, there are books on the other performing arts: film, dance, radio, television, and opera

Playwrighting

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So, you're 18 years old or younger and you're interested in playwriting. Or you're a teacher and want to encourage your students' creative self-expression. Or maybe you're a parent looking for something constructive for your kids to do this summer, or a theater professional or philanthropist (please?) hoping to make a dramatic difference for America's youth.

Recommended Databases (articles, etc.)

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The Actorsite is For Actors Who Live and Work the LA Market!
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International Theatre Resources
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Electronic version of Back Stage, trade newspaper with information on casting calls and auditions for shows in production.

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Broadway.com features online theater ticketing and phone sales through 1.800.BROADWAY for every Broadway show, most off-Broadway shows and shows in London 's West End . The website also offers hotel and restaurant packaging, as well as consumer and corporate gift certificates. Broadway.com's ticketing services target both traveling consumers and New York area theater patrons.
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BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is a new six-part documentary series that chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form. The series, created by filmmaker Michael Kantor, draws on a wealth of archival news footage, lost and found television moments, original cast recordings, still photos, feature films, diaries, journals, intimate first-person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in creating the American musical.
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East London theater ephemera provided by the Victoria and Albert Theatre Collections, East London theaters.  Database of some 2,700 items ranges from 1827 to the present.  Material is primarily from 1830 to 1880 and includes scanned copies of original playbills, programs, press clippings, and photographs from those theaters, with additional brief themed essays on different topics (e.g., "Military Melodrama").

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The International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance represents the most comprehensive multicultural and inter-disciplinary research tool available to theater students, educators and professionals. This resource, founded at Brooklyn College, comprises a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book articles and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries. Contains abstracts as well as full-text articles.

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IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) archive is the official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Details include pertinent people involved as well as interesting facts and production statistics. Get a list of every production of Hamlet on Broadway or a list of your favorite actor's credits. Find out what played at a particular theatre or what shows opened in a specified Broadway season.
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Brief Guide to Internet Resources in Theatre and Performance Studies is based on what I have learned as a seeker of information on the internet, which is mainly how to quickly find information and resources in a medium where their sheer quantity is overwhelming. As a researcher in search of useful information, I find myself turning again and again to the same information sources, engaging in the same techniques, and using the tools at my disposal in similar ways.
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The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV and Film by John Kenrick
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Comprehensive database of Broadway history from Playbill, Broadway's monthly magazine for theatergoers.

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A Resource for Theatre Historians and Students of the Theatre's History
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Electronic Play Texts
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The project reinvestigates British theatre history 1945-1968, from the perspectives of both theatregoers and practitioners.

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Our Mission: To strengthen, nurture and promote the not-for-profit professional American theatre.
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Drama, Theater, & Performance Art Studies

Reviews

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Academic Search Premier,designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,700 publications, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for nearly 8,200 journals in the collection. This scholarly collection offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.
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The internet magazine of stage reviews and opinion
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Ethnic NewsWatch is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the "other side of the story," ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press. Ethnic NewsWatch provides thousands of scholarly, full-text articles for area and ethnic studies, such as Jewish studies, African American studies, and Hispanic American studies. This database also has the largest full-text archive of Native American publications.

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FindArticles is a vast archive of research-quality published articles. You will find articles on a range of topics, including business, health, society, entertainment, sports and more. FindArticles has articles from thousands of resources, with archives dating back to 1984.
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LexisNexis® Academic provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepard?s® Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; Business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news
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The New York Times (1851 - 2001) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
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Readers' Guide Abstracts is a database containing comprehensive indexing and abstracting of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and Canada.
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Readers' Guide Retrospective is a database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.

Subject Directories

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A directory listing of theatres (not theatre companies) in the UK.

Theater Awards

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The Village Voice OBIE Awards were created soon after the inception of the publication in 1955 to publicly acknowledge and encourage the growing Off Broadway theater movement.

Theatrical Costume

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". . Outstanding and diverse collection of images, objects, book manuscripts and costumes tell the story of the city's and the nation's history."

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Online Costuming Sources for Historical, Science Fiction & Fantasy Costumers

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A rare collection of original materials on the theatre comprising over 5000 items from more than 150 productions in England and the United States, including costume and set designs, sketches, notes, photographs, prop lists, storyboards, and swatches of fabric.