The American Society for Theatre Research is pleased to offer the following resources to assist you in your work:
Allied Theatre Organizations
American Alliance for Theatre and Education
The American Alliance for Theatre & Education connects and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.
American Theatre and Drama Society
The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) is an incorporated organization dedicated to the study of United States theatre and drama, its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. ATDS also encourages the evolving debate exploring national identities and experiences through research, pedagogy, and practice. ATDS recognizes that notions of America and the US encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another. To this end, ATDS welcomes scholars, teachers, and practitioners world-wide.
Association for Theatre in Higher Education
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners.
Canadian Association for Theatre Research
The Canadian Association for Theatre Research is a non-profit organization founded in 1976 to support and encourage research in theatre and performance studies in Canada, with a special interest in Canadian work. Our membership includes scholars, students, and theatre professionals from around the world who are leading developments in our field.
Dance Studies Association
The Dance Studies Association (DSA) is an international organization of dance scholars, educators, and artists that aims to strengthen the visibility and increase the reach of dance as embodied practice, creative endeavor and intellectual discipline. Formed in 2017 as the merged entity of the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD, founded 1969) and the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS, founded 1978) DSA is both grounded in and extends the work of those two organizations.
International Federation for Theatre Research
The International Federation for Theatre Research exists to promote collaboration and the exchange of information between individuals and organisations concerned with theatre research. To this end the Federation supports conferences and publications and assists its members in all such activities and projects.
International Theatre for Young Audiences Research Network
ITYARN aims to further academic research on theatre for young audiences (TYA), facilitate exchange, and support the initiation of international cooperation and new research projects.
Performance Studies International
PSi is a professional association founded in 1997 to promote communication and exchange among artists, thinkers, activists and academics working in the field of performance. Over the past decades, performance has developed as an umbrella term for scholarly as well as artistic research engaged with a wide variety of topics. The research conducted under this umbrella term is interdisciplinary and is strongly rooted in the interaction between theory and practice. It is a dynamic field of encounters rather than a discipline grounded in one particular methodology or tradition.
Shakespeare Association of America
The Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) is a non-profit, academic organization devoted to the study of William Shakespeare and his plays and poems, the cultural and theatrical milieu in which he lived and worked, and the various roles he has played in both Anglo-American and world culture ever since. The Association holds annual meetings in different North American cities so that its members can exchange ideas and discuss strategies for reading, teaching, researching, and writing about Shakespeare's works and their many contexts. Sessions at these conferences include formal papers, seminars, workshops, film screenings, and theatrical performances.
Theatre Library Association
Founded in 1937, the Theatre Library Association supports librarians and archivists affiliated with theatre, dance, performance studies, popular entertainment, motion picture and broadcasting collections. TLA promotes professional best practices in acquisition, organization, access and preservation of performing arts resources in libraries, archives, museums, private collections, and the digital environment. By producing publications, conferences, panels, and public events, TLA fosters creative and ethical use of performing arts materials to enhance research, live performance, and scholarly communication.
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Routledge - Theatre & Performance Studies
Routledge provides researchers, professionals, lecturers and students with books, journals, eProducts, resources and information in the subject of Theatre and Performance Studies, including the Routledge Performance Archive.
Theater: Theory/Text/Performance collects the best of new scholarly work in theater and performance studies. The series was honored in 2002 by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education with its Award for Excellence in Editing, the first award of its kind by the association.
Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theater/Drama/Performance
Triangulations focuses on theater, drama, and performance in all its interdisciplinary and historical variety, and in all its professional and community manifestations. We define the term "performance" generously, ranging from dramatic literature staged in theater buildings to everyday rituals that constitute performance (such as commitment ceremonies or memorial services) to the performative dimensions of sex, sexuality, gender, race, and other identity categories. At the same time, we remain committed to scholarship about work that is specifically theatrical in reception and intent, from work at various lesbian and gay theaters and performance spaces, to activist groups around the country, who use theatrical spectacle to political effect.
University of Iowa Press - Studies in Theatre History and Culture
This series, which publishes scholarship on the historical contexts of theatre and cultural performance, features a full spectrum of historical methods and perspectives. Topics range from ancient Greek theatre to the American chautauqua, Shakespeare to marionettes, ritual theories of performance to theatre historiography, the theatrical event to the national theatre history, theatricality to antitheatricality. Leading scholars from many countries, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Israel, India, and Australia, have published in the series. Books in the series have won many awards, including the Barnard Hewitt Award from the American Society for Theatre Research, the Theatre Book Award of the Society for Theatre Research, the Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Joe A. Callaway Prize, and the George Freedley Award from the Theatre Library Association.
University of Michigan Press - Critical Performances
Critical Performances is a book series that links prominent figures in theater and performance art with leading critics to provide collections of an artist's essential texts illuminated by critical commentary and production photographs.
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Association for Theatre in Higher Education - Journals List
ASTR is pleased to provide you with this link from our allied organization, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). This link points to a list of journals which accept theatre- and performance-related articles prepared by ATHE's Research & Publications Committee. The list is organized into three types of journals and magazines: Theatre-Specific, General Pedagogy, Other Journals (that may be interested in theatre/film/dramatic literature articles).
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Libraries and Archives
ArchiveGrid is a collection of nearly two million archival material descriptions, including MARC records from WorldCat and finding aids harvested from the web. It's supported by OCLC Research as the basis for our experimentation and testing in text mining, data analysis, and discovery system applications and interfaces. Archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives are represented in ArchiveGrid.
Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections
The McCormick Library houses more than 235,000 of Northwestern University Library's most unusual and outstanding items and collections. The span of time and material types represented ranges from four-thousand year old Mesopotamian clay tablets to 19th century cobweb paintings to the most recent issues of feminist journals from around the world.
Folger Shakespeare Library
Home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art, the Folger serves a wide audience of researchers, visitors, teachers, students, families, and theater- and concert-goers. The Folger is a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare and on the early modern age in the West. Its conservation lab is a leading innovator in the preservation of rare materials. Its well-known public programs include plays, concerts, literary readings, family activities, and exhibitions, as well as numerous K-12 and college programs for students and teachers. Advanced scholars participate in a variety of Folger Institute seminars and colloquia.
Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin
The Harry Ransom Center advances the study of the arts and humanities by acquiring, preserving, and making accessible original cultural materials. With extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and the performing arts, the Center supports research through symposia and fellowships and provides education and enrichment for scholars, students, and the public through exhibitions and programs.
Harvard Theatre Collection
The Harvard Theatre Collection, which was founded in 1901 through the efforts of Prof. George Pierce Baker, was the first collection of its kind to be established in this country, and it stands as one of the largest performing arts collections in the world, the oldest theatre collection in the world of international significance.
McNay Art Museum - The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts
Founded by San Antonio collector and philanthropist Robert L. B. Tobin, the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts is one of the finest of its kind in the United States and rivals collections worldwide. With over 10,000 objects, the collection encompasses theatre in Europe and America from 1600 to the present. Devotion to visual artists in the theatre distinguishes the collection. With individual productions represented in depth, changing installations of the collection often reveal the process through which designers and directors collaborate to give visual form to playwrights’ words or composers’ music.
Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies
Established in 1954, the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University is the largest separate Africana collection in existence. Its scope is as wide as the continent of Africa itself; its subject matter ranges from art, history, literature, music, and religion to communications, management, and cooking.
New York Library for the Performing Arts
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the worlds most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts — whether professional or amateur — the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs.
SIBMAS International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions
The SIBMAS International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions lists over 7000 international institutions with material relating to the performing arts (theatre, opera, music, ballet, film, circus, radio, television, cabaret, pantomime).
The Newberry Library
The Newberry, open to the public without charge, is an independent research library dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. The Newberry acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas. It promotes and provides for their effective use, fostering research, teaching, publication, and life-long learning, as well as civic engagement. In service to its diverse community, the Newberry encourages intellectual pursuit in an atmosphere of free inquiry and sustains the highest standards of collection preservation, bibliographic access, and reader services.
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Other Theatre-Related Organizations
Educational Theatre Association, home of the International Thespian Society
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is an international association with approximately 125,000 active members. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education: honoring student achievement in theatre; supporting teachers by providing professional development, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills. EdTA is the home of the International Thespian Society, an honorary organization established at more than 4,700 schools, that has inducted more than 2.3 million theatre students since its founding in 1929. EdTA also produces the International Thespian Festivaland publishes Dramatics magazine for high school theatre students, and Teaching Theatre, a journal for theatre education professionals. The Educational Theatre Foundation is the philanthropic arm of EdTA.
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) was founded in 1985 as the volunteer membership organization for the professions of literary management and dramaturgy. LMDA is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization with members throughout North America and abroad. LMDA holds the belief that theater is a vital art form that has the power to nourish, educate, and transform individuals and their communities and that dramaturgy is central to the process of theater-making.
Mid-America Theatre Conference
The Mid-America Theatre Conference, Inc. (MATC) encompasses the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Its purposes are to unite persons and organizations within the region with an interest in theatre and to promote the growth and development of all forms of theatre.
Modern Language Association
Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association (MLA) of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For over a hundred years, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.
Southeastern Theatre Conference
The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) is the largest and most active regional theatre organization in the United States. Founded in 1949 as a not-for-profit membership association, SETC has become the premier organization serving a wide constituency - all connected by theatre. We offer extensive resources and year-round opportunities for our constituents. Learn more about SETC and what we offer below.
The Society for Theatre Research
A UK-based organization for theatre appreciation and scholarship
Theatre Communications Group
Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, was founded in 1961 with a grant from the Ford Foundation to foster communication among professional, community and university theatres. Today, TCG's constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide.
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Primary Research Sources
NewspaperARCHIVE.com is the world's largest online newspaper database featuring over 120 million newspaper pages. The archive dates back from 1607 to the present.
Perseus Digital Library
Since planning began in 1985, the Perseus Digital Library Project has explored what happens when libraries move online. Two decades later, as new forms of publication emerge and millions of books become digital, this question is more pressing than ever. Perseus is a practical experiment in which the possibilities and challenges of digital collections in a networked world are explored. Perseus maintains a web site that showcases collections and services developed as a part of our research efforts over the years.
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Secondary Research Sources
Brecht's Works in English: A Bibliography
The Bibliography of Bertolt Brecht's Works in English Translation contains over 2600 bibliobraphical entries. The cooperative project of the International Brecht Society and the Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv (Akademie der Künste, Berlin) offers a comprehensive listing of Brecht's works published in English translation. It is aimed at scholars, teachers, theater practitioners, and the general public seeking access to the works of this major, twentieth-century writer or wishing to compare multiple translations in English.
Learning About Shakespeare
The guide includes helpful background info and resources on various Shakespeare topics (common themes, historical context, research etc.) for students and teachers.
SHAKSPER: The Global Electronic Shakespeare Conference
SHAKSPER, now in its twenty-fourth year of serving the academic community, is an edited and moderated, international, e-mail distribution list for discussion among Shakespearean scholars, researchers, instructors, students, and anyone sharing their academic interests and concerns. In addition to regular mailings to members, anyone can use the Internet to access the archive and other SHAKSPER materials from the SHAKSPER web site
Ad-driven, broad portal with reproductions of secondary sources
Ad-driven broad portal with reproductions of secondary sources
Theatre History on the Web
One of the first comprehensive portals to theatre history resources online, edited by Jack Wolcott (University of Washigton, retired)
Virtual Vaudeville transports you back to the nineteenth century on your PC. Watch a 3D simulation of a complete act by legendary vaudeville comedian Frank Bush and observe the reactions of the historical spectators. Take an interactive 3D tour of an extravagant Victorian theater.
WWW Virtual Library for Theatre and Drama
Founded in 1996, this is another early and comprehensive portal to theatre resources.
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