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Drama: Research Guide

Basic Resources

CMU Library Catalog
All holdings of the print and digital collections of Carnegie Mellon University Libraries.
To find out if CMU has access to print or online journals do a Journal Search.
For resources CMU does not have, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide including the holdings of CMU and  local public and university libraries. Use this in conjunction with the CMU Library Catalog

Databases for Theatre
Start with these databases ranging from the library catalog to article databases and dissertations to begin theatre research.

Find Plays and Monologues
Locate playscripts in print and online.

Audio Collection
A wide range of audio music and sound from the classics to sound effects, analog and digital.

Film and Video Collection
Search and access films and DVDs and streaming video collections

Arts Library Visual Resources 

Make this your first stop for finding high resolution subscription image databases at CMU such as ARTstor, AP Images and the Digital Image Database as well as carefully selected open access image collections..

CMU University Archives:
Includes School of Drama Photographs (1914-1981) of productions, costume stills and characer shots, prompt books and more.

of Congress Classification

Hunt Library Arts Guide: Library of Congress Classification

Citation Styles and Management
Manuals and tips for Chicago, MLA and APA styles.

The Global Communication Center (GCC) provides free writing consultations for students and the CMU community with trained communication tutors through one-on-one sessions and classroom workshops.

University Archives

University Archives Home

University Archives contains archival collection pertaining to drama that date back to the founding of the Drama Department at Carnegie Tech in 1914. Collections include production photographs from 1914 through the present, programs, prompt books, scripts, costume designs, departmental and faculty papers, and related collections pertaining to the theatre and entertainment careers of Drama School alumnae including:

  • College of Fine Arts Records from the Dean's office (1905-1999).
  • School of Applied Design records and the Beaux Arts Ball (1907-1923)
  • Bes Kimberly Collection (1926-1973) of papers, books, scrapbooks
  • Scotch and Soda Collection of papers, audio and video (1940-1999)
  • School of Drama Photographs of productions, costume stills and character shots, (1914-1981)
  • School of Drama prompt books

and more...

CMU School of Drama Blogs

News from the Real World by David Boevers

The Pittsburgh Tatler by Wendy Arons

Acqs of Interest

Barnette, Jane. Adapturgy : The Dramaturg's Art and Theatrical Adapatation.
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press.
HUNT STACKS-4 (Stacks 4th Floor) PN2053 .B319X 2018

Luckett, Sharrell D.and Tia M. Shaffer. 
Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches
. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, 2017.

Dustagheer Sarah and Gillian Woods, eds. Stage Directions and Shakespearean Theatre.  London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2018

Brejzek, Thea and Lawrence Wallen. The Model as Performance: Staging Space in Theatre and Architecture. London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018.

Knopf, Robert. The Director As Collaborator.  New York ; London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017

To find more new books and other resources in print and electronically in the University Libraries collection:

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>choose Books & More option (for books and e-books) OR choose other available options

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Explore this script discovery database brought  to you by the National New Play Network, an alliance of non-profit theaters dedicated to the development, production, and continued life of new plays.' 

Features: Search, read and download scripts, view writer profiles, contact writers, read script recommendations from professionals throughout the field; search plays by using any number of options including cast size, play length, age level, genre, subject matter, gender or sexual identity and ethnicity; search people by writer type and demographics. Other features include an organization search, periodic “featured lists” of writers, plays and organization, and an index of large-cast shows, solo shows, shorts and 2-person scripts.

Art and Drama Librarian

CMU Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion

Web Links


Curtis Theatre Collection (Univ of Pittsburgh)

Digital Collections in the Performing Arts

NY Public Library for the Performing Arts

New York Public Library Public Domain Collections

V&A Museum Theatre and Performance Collections

AHDS Performing Art Collection

American Theatre Wing: Tony and Obie Awards

Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Emmys

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

ASTR American Society for Theatre Research


SAG-AFTRA Four Pillars of Change and Code of Conduct 2018

USITT  U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology

The resident playwright company during the May 2011 All Writers Meeting

"Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, New Dramatists is a hub for the theatre community. Our building’s library is open to the public and houses a rare collection of new play manuscripts, many of which are unpublished and only available to read on site. In addition, we offer specific opportunities for writers, students, composers, actors, directors, other theatre artists, and new play aficionados to engage with our community."

HowlRound is a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners originating at Emerson College

Open web databases

IBDb Internet Broadway Database

IMDb Internet Movie Database

Theatre Links: Resources from Across the Globe (Justin Cash)
Online guide to modern playwrights and theatre plays which have been written, adapted or translated, into English from 1956 onward.


Featured Archive: La MaMa

"The La MaMa Archives Digital Collections site is both a catalog and a digital archive, and it was designed to serve both researchers and general users. Site users can conduct targeted searches or browse at will, using the images and text available on this site as a guide. In the near future, we hope also to be able to offer curated digital exhibits."

Internet Shakespeare Editions

Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) is an open-access, non-profit scholarly website presenting full-text Shakespeare plays and poems, Shakespeare’s life and times, and Shakespeare in performance.