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Great Ages of Theatre I: Start Here

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Reference Books

Fifty Key Theatre Directors
Call Number: Ref.792.0233 F469 2005

Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Beginnings
Call Number: Ref 792.0973 F534hi 2015

Historical Dictionary of Contemporary American Theater: 1930-2010
Call Number: Ref 792.0973 F534h 2011

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance
Call Number: Ref. 792.03 O98K 2003

The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
Call Number: Ref. 792.03 W927
This 5-volume set was published in 2000 and covers various parts of the world

Encyclopedia of World Biography     (Electronic Resource)

HathiTrust Digital Library
Includes Playscripts --- A digital repository providing long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. (Hathi Trust)


The Oxford Companion to the Theatre
Call Number: 792.03 H333o4 1984

The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Theater
Call Number: 790.2 O98 2015

Oxford Companion to American Theatre (Electronic Resource)
Covers the American stage from its beginnings to present; includes playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, songwriters, famous playhouses, and dramatic movements.

Gale Virtual Reference Library  (Electronic Resource)
An online collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical resources, etc.

Credo Reference --  (Electronic Resource) 
A collection of full-text online reference materials


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