Welcome to the Theatre Subject Guide
Here you will find tools and resources to help you engage in research, but don't forget the library has many resources that are all available to you as Villanova students.
Remember that just because you are in an Theatre class doesn’t mean you should limit yourself to the Theatre Subject guide, depending on your assignment you may want to check out other subject guides to aid in your research.
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Note to Theatre Graduate Students
Due to the nature of theatre research it will be impossible to get all of the resources you need through library resources alone. There are many important resources listed here and this guide is a good starting point, but you will need to expand to broader internet searches.
Tips and Tricks
There is NO one single place to find a listing of production histories, UNLESS you’re working on a Greek or Roman play in which case you should check The Archive of Performances of Greek & Roman Drama (APGRD). But for everything else it’s going to take detective work, I recommend checking North American Theatre Online, Wikipedia, and general googling to start building a list of productions that you may want to look into.
When in doubt pick up the phone or send an email. Sometimes while doing production research you may need to reach out to specific theatres, archives, or libraries to get information about a production. When contacting such outside institutions be professional, introduce yourself, explain you’re a graduate student and why you’re seeking the information you’re asking for. Also make sure to give these institutions plenty of time to respond, do not call or email the week before a project is due expecting to get a quick response.
Google can be your friend, but be careful. Things can easily get mislabeled and if you’re searching for images of a specific production you need to be very careful that images claiming to be from a specific production are in fact from that production.
Google books can be a good place to chase citations for reviews. You probably won’t find the review itself, but if you have some information to go off of such as name of the show, location, date, etc. you may be able to find references to reviews in newspapers which you can then chase down in one of our newspaper databases.
If you'd like to meet with me for research help, you should first try to find a time during my office hours that will work for you by clicking the green "Book Now" button in the right hand column of this page. However, I realize that graduate students in particular are often juggling their academic schedule along with work, productions, family, and any number of other things. So if you are unable to make any of my office hours work contact me directly via email and we will work something out either at a time outside of my office hours, over the phone, or via email.