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Research Guide to Theater Arts: Web Sources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching topics in theater arts


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These are open access-websites:

American Theatre Wing
Includes streaming archives of the television and radio programs Working in the Theatre, Downstage Center, This is Broadway, and SDCF Masters of the Stage

New York Public Library Digital Collections
Browse audio, video, and image files from the archives of the New York Public Library

New York Times - Theater
Useful news, archival information, photos, graphics, audio, and video on theater topics published in the New York Times

Performing Arts Databases
A digital library of music, theater, and dance from the Library of Congress

Playbill Online
News, features, performance listings for Broadway, Off-Broadway, London and Regional theatre

Stagehand Primer
A glossery of theater-related terms

The Village Voice - Theater
Theater information and criticism from the Village Voice

TED Talk

Anna Deavere Smith's American character

Writer and actor Anna Deavere Smith gives life to author Studs Terkel, convict Paulette Jenkins, a Korean shopkeeper and a bull rider, excerpts from her solo show "On the Road: A Search for American Character." (23:08). 

For more information about this subject or this speaker, visit this talk at

For more performances and talks on dance topics, visit

Ted Talks Tag > Theater


Research Assistance

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Multi-Media Spotlight: Theater

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