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Library Research Guide for Theatre Arts

General Information

The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama.
(Gabrielle H. Cody and Evert Sprinchorn, eds.  New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.)
Contains a little over 1400 articles by over 450 drama professionals. Covers a broad scope of subjects, includes cross-references.

International Dictionary of Theatre.
(Mark Hawkins-Dady, ed.  Chicago: St. James Press, 1992.)
Three-volume encyclopedia, includes entries on individual actors, designers, directors, plays, and playwrights, from around the world.

Masterplots II: Drama Series.
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(Frank N. Magill, ed.   Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2004.)
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Provides descriptive information, plot-summaries, themes, devices, and critical contexts to over 300 20th-century works of drama.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance.
(Dennis Kennedy, ed.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.)
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Includes over 4000 entries covering all time periods and various cultures. Longer entires provide bibliographies to further recommended sources.

The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre.
(Don Rubin, ed.  New York: Routledge, 1994-2000.)
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6-volume set covering all apsects of theatre in the late 20th-century. Final volume in the set provides extensive bibliography.