Theatre Resources

Vaudeville Poster


A Guide to Theatre in America.  Lawrence S. Epstein, ed. (1985).  Call no.: R 792.097 Gui.

American Costume, 1915-1970. Shirley O'Donnel. (1982).  Call no.: REF 792.026 Odo.

Cambridge Guide to American Theatre.  Don B. Wilmeth and Tice L. Miller, eds. (1993).  Call no.: REF 792.0973 Cambridge.

Cambridge Guide to Theatre. Martin Banham. (1997). Call no.: REF 792.03 Cambridge.

Famous Actors and Actresses on the American Stage.  William C. Young.  (1975).  Call no: Ref 792.092 Young.

Oxford Companion to American Theatre.  Gerald Bordman (1984).  Call no.: REF 792.0973.

Stage Makeup.  Richad Corson. (1975).  Call no.: R 792.027 Corson.

Theatre Profiles:  The Illustrated Reference Guide to America's Nonprofit Professional Theatres. Laura Ross, ed.(1984). Call no.: REF 792 The.

Twentieth Century Theatre:  Premiers, Personalities and Events in the Theatre. Glen Loney. (1983).  Call no.:
REF 792.09 Lon.

Theatre Backstage from A to Z.  Warren C. Lounsbury and Norman Boulanger.  (1967).  Call no.: R 792.025 Lou.

Theatre Handbook and Digest of Plays.  Bernard Sobel. (1940). Call no.: REF 792.03 So.

Who's Who in The Theatre. John Parker (1972).  REF 792.092 Who's.


Directory of Blacks in the Performing Arts.  Edward Mapp.  (1978). Call no.: R 792.0295 MAPP.

Directory of Theatre Training Programs, II. Jill Charles, ed. (1989). Call no.: R 792.071 Cha.  


The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre.  Phyllis Hartnoll and Peter Found, eds.  (1992).
Call no.:  REF 792.03 Concise.

Dictionary of the Black Theatre:  Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Selected Harlem Theatre. (1983).  Allen Woll.  Call no.:  REF 792 Wol.


The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre (1900-1975).  Edwin J. Bronner. (1996).  Call no.:  REF 792.0973.

The Encyclopedia of Vaudeville.  Anthony Slide. (1994).  Call no.: REF 792.70973 Slide.


 Tanguay, famous vaudeville star

Genre: Vaudeville

Vaudeville:  A Dazzling Display
This site chronicles the history of vaudeville and includes film clips of silent shorts, a selection of audio songs, sketches and recitations as well as a list of sources and links.

The Keith/Albee Collection:  The Vaudeville Industry, 1894-1935.

Scholar Explores Vaudeville Circuits & Regional Architecture


Stephen Colbert

Genre:  Comedy

"If You Just Change I Won't Have to Kill You:  Comedy as a Force of Social Change." 

"This is Generally Followed by a Blackout":  Power, Resistance and Carnivalesque in Television Sketch Comedy."  M.A. thesis.

Women and Comedy

Performing Marginality:  Comedy, Identity and Cultural Critique

"Brought to You by Fem-Rage: Stand-up Comedy and the Politics of Gender"

Chicano Theatre Production

Genre:  Chicano Theatre

Luis Valdez

Four Contemporary Mexican and Chicano Plays - An Analysis

Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit:  A New Direction for Chicano Theatre?

Hispanic Theatre in the United States:  Post-War to the Present

Genre:  Opera

Verisimilitude in Early Venetian Opera

Before and After:  Ottavio Rinuccini's Mascherate and Their Relationship to the Operatic Libretto.

List of Major Opera Composers

Propagating a National Genre:  German Writers on German Opera 1798-1830

Making America Operatic:  Six Composers' Attempts at an American Opera, 1910-1918.

Opera Comique

Carmen:  The Librettists

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