Databases by subject: Theatre Arts

Major Indexes

International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance

Find articles in theatre, performing arts, and dance.

International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (IIPA)

Find articles on the arts and entertainment industry, including dance, theater, opera, film, and television.

Literature Criticism Online

Find full text entries in the Gale Literature Criticism series.

MLA International Bibliography (literature, language, linguistics)

Find journal articles, books and dissertations published worldwide from the 1920s on literature, language and linguistics.

Play Index

Find one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, classic drama, and monologues.

Additional Indexes


Database of citations to books, journal articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews and collections of essays published anywhere in the world from 1920 onwards.

American Drama 1714-1915

Find American plays, farces, melodramas, minstrel shows, realist plays, frontier plays and temperance dialogues. From 1714 to 1915.

Asian American Drama

Find plays from and about Asian Americans including subject, authors, characters,and scenes.

Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection

Find streaming audio of many important dramatic works recorded specifically for online listening. Specialized track indexing on many of the recordings allows for easy classroom or research use.

BBC Shakespeare Plays

Find videos of Shakespeare plays performed on BBC.

Black Drama--1850 to Present

Find plays by playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries from 1850-present.

Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare

Find the complete text of 11 major editions of Shakespeare's works, from the First Folio to the Cambridge edition of 1863-66. This collection also includes 24 separate contemporary printings of individual plays, selected apocrypha and related works, and more than 100 adaptations, sequels, and burlesques from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

English Drama

A searchable database of more than 3,900 full-text plays in verse and prose tracing the development of drama in English from the medieval mystery cycles to the comedies of Oscar Wilde, covering 1300 to 1900.

Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction

Find fiction, poetry and plays written in English and Spanish by Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latino authors working in the United States.

North American Indian Drama

Find plays, articles, photographs, and interviews related to American Indian, First Nation, and Pacific Islanders playwrights of the 20th century.

North American Theater Online

Find Canadian and American plays, scenes, productions, performers, playwright, and producers.

North American Women's Drama

Find plays, playbills, production photos, and other materials related to women playwrights, from colonial era to present day.

Performance Design Archive Online

Search numerous resources related to theatrical performance design, including sketches, photographs, technical drawings, monographs, journal articles, dissertations, and instructional videos.

PRISMA (Publicaciones y Revistas Sociales y Humanisticas) with HAPI Index

Find articles on the study of Hispanic and Latin America and the Caribbean Basin.

Shakespeare Collection

Find Shakespeare editions of the complete works, adaptations, other works published during Shakespeare's time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosse Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, and images.

Shakespeare Survey

Find essays, reviews, and textual and critical studies on Shakespeare.

Theater in Video: Volume I

Find streaming video performances of the world's leading plays and film documentaries.

Theater in Video: Volume II

Find classic and contemporary plays and documentaries focusing on contemporary and international productions. View the works of widely studied playwrights and theater artists from around the globe.

Twentieth Century Drama

Find plays, monologues, cast, stage directions; search by gender, number of speakers, year. Content is also available in Literature Online database.

Twentieth Century North American Drama

Find Canadian and American plays, companies, theatres, playwrights, characters.

WGSN Fashion Trend Forecasting & Analysis

WGSN's comprehensive research and analysis service provides for every stage of the product development life cycle. Trends are tracked and analysed from their earliest emergence right through to the products driving retail and e-tail today.

World Shakespeare Bibliography Online

Find Shakespeare-related scholarship and theatrical productions published or produced worldwide between 1960 and the present time.