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Theatre Studies, Drama, and Dance: Dramaturgy and Literary Research

All things Theatre, for DGSD grad students, TDPS undergrad, and anyone interested in acting, theatrical design, directing, playwriting, etc.

Yale Research Subject Guides

Yale librarians have created extensive and intensive guides for researching many subjects.

Subject specialist librarians are linked in the guides to help assist your research.

Follow this link to explore.

Borrowing Plays from Other Libraries

Still can't find it?? Maybe another library has it. You can borrow from other university and public libraries for free! Sometimes it can take a few days, but libraries will ship directly to the Yale library of your choice!

Put the play title in quotes (Ex: "An Octaroon") and try out the following links:

Find Reviews

Performing Arts Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to the Performing Arts)
Choose Advanced Search to search by type of review (theater, television, performance, etc., and favorable, mixed, or unfavorable) under Document Type.

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance
Choose Advanced Search and select "Entertainment Review" under Document Type. Search on the title of the play, performer, venue, playwright, etc.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
Choose Advanced Search and select "Review" under Document Type.

ProQuest News and Newspapers
Choose Advanced Search and select "Review" under Document Type. Search on the title of the play, performer, venue, playwright, etc.

Academic Search Premier
Choose Advanced Search and select "Entertainment Review" under Document Type. Search on the title of the play, performer, venue, playwright, etc.

For more options, try searching the play title and production company or performance venue in Quicksearch.

Notable Journals

Search for these in Yale's Journal Locator

Asian Theater Journal

Canadian Theatre Review

Dance Research Journal

Journal of American Drama and Theater

Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism

Latin American Theatre Review

Modern Drama


New Theatre Quarterly

PAJ (Performing Arts Journal)

Performance Research


Shakespeare Quarterly

Studies in Musical Theater


Theater (Yale)

Theatre Journal (ATHE)

Theatre Research International

Theatre Survey (ASTR)

Theatre Topics

A more comprehensive list of journals in our field


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Databases for Full-Text Plays and Scholarly Articles

Drama Online
A full-text-searchable database of play scripts, full-length video and audio productions, and scholarly works on theory, criticism, and practice from Bloomsbury, Methuen, Nick Hern, Faber and Faber, and other partners. Especially useful are the play finder and monologue search tools. Video and audio packages include:

  • National Theatre Collection
  • L.A. Theatre Works
  • Globe on Screen
  • The Hollow Crown
  • Oscar Wilde Classic Spring Theatre

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance
A fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of over 60,000 journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries.

Performing Arts Periodicals Database (formerly International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text)
This article index draws its current content from more than 200 scholarly and popular performing arts periodicals, and covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry, including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.

New Play Exchange
Digital library of scripts by living writers which can be filtered by title, length, age level, genre, subject matter, production history, script availability, cast size and characteristics, playwright, and playwright demographics. 

Alexander Street Literature
Searches across the following Alexander Street drama and literature databases:

Literature Online
Searches across the following ProQuest drama and literature databases:

  • African Writers Series
  • American Drama 1714-1915
  • English Drama
  • Twentieth Century Drama

Oxford Reference for Performing Arts
Online and full-text-searchable versions of major reference works from Oxford University Press, including the Oxford Companion to the Theatre, Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Oxford Companion to American Theatre, Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre, Oxford Dictionary of Plays, and Oxford Companion to Shakespeare.

Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive
An archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000. Core US and UK trade magazines covering film, music, broadcasting and theater are included, together with film fan magazines and music press titles. Magazines have been scanned cover-to-cover in high-resolution color, with indexing of all articles, covers, ads and reviews.

Shakespeare Collection
A comprehensive and authoritative online resource for Shakespearean research, bringing together general reference data, full-text scholarly periodicals, reprinted criticism, primary source material and the full-text annotated works from The Arden Shakespeare.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online
Annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced since 1960.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index
Multidisciplinary index covering over 1,100 journals in the arts and humanities, with coverage from 1975 to the present.

MLA International Bibliography
Provides access to citations of books, journal articles, conference papers, and dissertations concerning general and comparative literature. 

A historic full-text archive of scholarly journals that includes the arts and humanities.

Professional Associations

Listing sites for Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism Academic Job Seekers

Faculty positions in higher education can be listed any time of year, but the ads are normally placed in late summer and early fall.

ASTR listserv

Sends out timely emails informing the community of relevant job listings (and other opportunities).

The Chronicle of Higher Education / Jobs

Use keywords to narrow down the many listings.

HigherEd jobs

MLA job list

Sometimes will have English or other Humanities listings focused on theater and performance.


This site is also very good for production-oriented jobs.

ATHE email list and job bank (open to members only)

If you're a member of ATHE, get on their email list for timely postings.

And always check our program's Box folder, "Job opportunities," which can host some of the above as well as more informal postings.


--> Postdoctoral fellowships might also be listed in some of these places. Keep your antennae tuned for them—they can be terrific ways to hone your research, writing, and creative practice and build your resume and skills before taking on a full-time job.


Listing Sites for Scholarly Fellowships, Grants, and Postdoctoral Positions

Deadlines vary—there's no one "season" for these opportunities.

Duke Research Funding Opportunities

University of Illinois Fellowship Finder

Yale's Fellowship & Grants main page

--> look through the "External Databases" links at the bottom for non-Yale opportunities.

How To Videos

List of Subject Specialist Librarians


Subjectsort descending Contact Email
African American Studies KessenidesJames
African Studies OlarinmoyeOmobolaji
American Studies KessenidesJames
Anthropology SperlingRachel
Arabic and Islamic Studies DoughertyRoberta
Archaeological Studies SperlingRachel
Architecture ColwellTess
Art ColwellTess
Astronomy and Physics BohemierKayleigh
Astrophysics BohemierKayleigh
Biology BronarsLori
Chinese Studies MengMichael
Classical Civilization McCaffreyColin
Computing and the Arts ShimpAndrew
Drama CarneyErin
English Language and Literature BariczCarla
Environmental Studies SperlingRachel
Ethics, Politics, and Economics CrowleyGwyneth
Ethnicity, Race, and Migration SnowJennifer
European and Russian Studies AraysAnna
Film and Media Studies KerbelMichael
French Studies PrintyMichael
Germanic Languages and Literatures PrintyMichael
Global Affairs MarxLibrary
History of Art ColwellTess
History of Art, Great Britain BinkowskiKraig
History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health GrafeMelissa
History, Europe PrintyMichael
History, United States KessenidesJames
Italian Language and Literature PrintyMichael
Japanese Studies NakamuraHaruko
Judaic Studies KunstKonstanze
Korean Studies YangJude
Latinx Studies KrentzJana
Law Research LibrariansLaw Library
Linguistics BohemierKayleigh
Medieval Studies PrintyMichael
Middle East Studies DoughertyRoberta
Music LovejoySuzanne
Nursing BattenJanene
Philosophy McCaffreyColin
Physics BohemierKayleigh
Portuguese KrentzJana
Psychology SnowJennifer
Religious Studies PrintyMichael
Religious Studies Estelle-HolmerSuzanne
Russian and East European Studies AraysAnna
South Asian Studies BianchiBrent
Southeast Asian Studies BianchiBrent
Theater Studies CarneyErin
Turkish Language and Literature DoughertyRoberta
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies SnowJennifer