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Theatre Journals

The following list includes scholarly journals (research and criticism) and trade journals (for people working in theatre) about theatre:

American Theatre 

Applied Theatre Researcher 

Asian Theatre Journal

Back Stage 

Comparative Drama 

Entertainment Design 

Live Design 

Modern Drama 

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 

Shakespeare Quarterly  

Stage Directions

td&t (Theatre Design & Technology) 

TDR (The Drama Review) 

Theatre Forum 

Theatre History Studies 

Theatre Research in Canada


Catalog Searches

The following links will take you to books, videos and other library materials on that topic in the library catalog:

theater history

American drama

English drama


stage management

theatre production

stage setting and scenery



improvisation - acting

movement in acting

drama in education

Featured Titles

Technical Design Solutions for the Theatre

Technical Design Solutions for the Theatre

African American Performance and Theater History

Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre


Kent State University's Gallery of Costume
Documents various changes in silhouettes, accessories, lingerie, and hairstyles from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

Costume Gallery Research Library
This site provides images from original period publications, including fashion magazine articles, catalogs, books, and period photographs dating from 1804-1923.

Dramatic Publishing
Source for plays, musicals, dramas, comedies, one-acts, duet-scenes, monologues, and other theatre resource materials.

Horton's Monologues
Free monologues for students and actors to use in audition.

Internet Broadway Database
A very powerful search engine, similar to the Internet Movie Database, for locating performance-related information on Broadway plays and musicals.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the United States.

Monologue Archive
Free monologues from public domain plays.

Associations and Organizations

Actors' Equity

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)

International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects, and Technicians

American Society for Theatre Research

International Theatre Institute

Set Decorators Society of America

Theatre Communication Group


Digital Collections

The New Deal Stage: Selections from the New Deal Theatre Project, 1935-1939
An online exhibit of over 13,000 items from the Library of Congress' Federal Theatre Project (FTP) Collection, including stage and costume designs, photographs, posters, and playscripts, as well as selected documents created by the FTP.

Performing Arts in America, 1875-1923
Comprehensive collection of photographs, sheet music, newspaper articles, and sound recordings from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Theatre Companies

Artists Repertory Theatre

CoHo Productions

Do Jump!

Imago Theatre

The Public Theatre

Oregon Children's Theatre

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Portland Center Stage

Profile Theatre

Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Teatro Milagro

Theatre Vertigo

The Wooster Group

Speak the Speech

Speak the Speech is a Portland-based non-profit "audio theatre company" dedicated to providing freely available Shakespearean audio performances of online, with local actors taking each of the roles. In addition to audio selections, the site also offers transcribed copies of a small number of texts.

Listen to the first act of Henry IV, Part Two.

Listen to the second act of Twelfth Night.


The International Dialects of English Archives (IDEA) is a great online source for locating and listening to dialect and accent recordings. Choose the continent or region on the right side of the screen, then select the country. The sound files, which can be downloaded and saved to your computer, are about four minutes long, and typically include scripted readings and unscripted speech.

Films on Demand Drama and the Theater Collection

This PCC-subscribed collection contains over 300 online streaming videos related to theater, including plays, history, criticism, and production and design. You can view available videos by sub-category by using the list on the left-hand side of the page. 

films on demand drama and theater collection

Greek Drama: From Ritual to Theatre

"Greek Drama: From Ritual to Theatre," a streaming video available through the PCC Library catalog, traces Greek theater from ancient harvest rites to the golden age of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and includes scenes from Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannus, Medea, and Lysistrata.

Access to this and other streaming video titles is limited to current PCC students, staff, and faculty.

Great Performances: King Lear

Originally broadcast as part of PBS's Great Performance series, this gripping film version of Shakespeare's King Lear features Sir Ian McKellan in the title role.

From Swamp to Stage

This is the second of 10 short videos documenting the process of bringing Shrek: The Musical to Broadway. Here the focus is on set and lighting design.

Useful Books

The following links will take you to books, videos and other library materials on that topic in the library catalog:

acting - vocational guidance

theater - vocational guidance

theaters -- stage-setting and scenery -- vocational guidance

theater - study and teaching - directories

Job Resources

General Advice
Should I take this gig?
What Kind of Entertainment Jobs are there?
Entertainment (broadcast etc.)

National Theater Jobs
USITT Job List 
Artsearch Job Listings Listings 

Local Theatre Jobs
Portland Theatre
IATSE Local 28
IATSE Local 488
PDX Onstage and Backstage Mailing Lists 
PDX Tech Listings

Further Your Education
University of North Carolina School for the Arts
University/Resident Theatre Association - National Unified Auditions and Interviews
The Kennedy Center

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