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Theater Arts: Home

A guide with resources on drama, the performing arts, and theater.


This research guide will point you toward research resources and strategies available to you as scholars doing research at Pepperdine. 

Use this guide throughout the research process to help you have the best support for your thesis and research.

From the Pepperdine Digital Collections

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Bordman, Gerald Martin.
The Oxford companion to American theatre
New York: Oxford University Press [c1984]
Payson (PN 2220 B6 1984)
New York : Oxford University Press, 2004. 3rd ed. (Available in ebrary Academic Complete

Entries for actors, directors, playwrights, theater companies, and a few selected topics (e.g., censorship) plus individual plays or musicals of merit or popularity. Emphasis is on Broadway and the New York stage.

The Oxford companion to the theatre
edited by Phyllis Hartnoll. 4th ed.
Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press [c1983]
Payson (PN 2035 O9 1983)

Offers definitions of terms, sketches of theater personalities of all periods, articles on specific theater companies and buildings, and historical profiles of theater in individual countries and cities. Scope is international, although emphasis is on British and American theater. Articles are unsigned, but a panel of 87 specialist contributors is listed.

Rubin, Don.
The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
London ; New York : Routledge, 1994-2000.
Payson (PN 2037 .W67)

In six volumes, this work documents artistic development all over the world, country by country, region by region. International and in depth,WECT's coverage includes playwriting, music theatre, dance theatre, theatre for young audiences, puppet theatre, design, architecture and developments in theatre technology, theatre training, criticism and scholarship. WECTis a project of the International Theatre Institute, International Federation for Theatre Research, International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts, and the International Association of Theatre Critics, with the support of UNESCO and the UNESCO World Decade for Cultural Development.


American Association of Community Theatre

An umbrella organization keeping small operations aware of one another; features a digital map giving information about all members across America — including URLS and Email Addresses where they can be found.

American Conservatory Theater

Based in San Francisco, A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater) is an artist-driven, Tony Award-winning theater whose mainstage work is energized and informed by a profound commitment to actor training. This site includes news about their current and past productions and special events.

American Society for Theatre Research

The American Society for Theatre Research, established in 1956, provides an organization and public voice for theatre scholars and promotes the cause of theatre as a field for serious scholarly study and research.

American Theatre Wing

Dedicated to celebrating excellence and supporting education in the theatre, ATW focuses on programs and activities which help students, audiences and members of the theatrical community itself to learn more about what makes theatre tick from the people who make it so vital.  Best known for creating The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards®, now presented with The Broadway League, ATW's reach extends beyond Broadway and beyond New York.

Drama League

"For more than 75 years, The Drama League has enriched and strengthened the American theatre, responding to the theatre's ever-changing needs by creating programs to nurture both artists and audiences."

Performing Arts Alliance

The mission of the Performing Arts Alliance is to be the principal advocate for America's professional nonprofit arts organizations and their publics in representing arts interests and advancing arts support before Congress and other branches of the Federal government.

MPD: Museum of Performance & Design (San Francisco)

The first museum in the country devoted exclusively to performing arts and theatrical design

"Theatre Communications Group

The national organization for the not-for-profit American theatre founded in 1961 to provide artistic, administrative and information services to theatres and independent theatre artists.

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