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Find Books in Bailey/Howe Library

These call number ranges hold a variety of books on acting and various aspects of theatre and drama.

PN 1560-1590 : Performing Arts PN 2000-3307 : Dramatic representation.  The Theater
PN 1600-3307 : Drama PN 2061-2071 : Art of Acting
Z 5781 : drama, plays, theatre bibliographies  

Books that may be checked out of the Library are on the 3rd floor (Call # PN).
Reference Books (main/1st floor): ROW 10 (Call #: PN)
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Find Books by Subject

Use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)* in the  Library Catalog to locate books on your topic. Click image below (live link!) to be brought to the Browse search function in CATQuest.

Examples of Library of Congress subject headings on Theatre and Drama:

Note: For subject headings on costume and fashion, use the Costume Subject Guide.  For subject headings on theatre history, see Theatre History - Find Books in... in this guide.

Design and Production

set designers                                        theaters electronic sound control  stage directions
 theaters stage-setting and scenery    theaters sound effects   movement acting
stage lighting  theaters production and direction     stage fighting
theaters lighting Drama technique
(use for dramaturgy)  
drama explication
stage machinery theater management stage fencing
stage management theatrical makeup

actors and actresses


stage props   drama technique improvisation acting
theater architecture  playwriting puppets
theater technological innovations commedia dell'arte puppet making
i.e.,facilities used to stage drama
see also pantomime
puppet theater

Drama Criticism*
*Theatre as defined in this guide is drama as acted on the stage. Drama is defined as plays as a literary form.

dramatist/playwright (last name first name)
e.g., jonson ben
look for subheading "criticism and interpretation"
political plays
[look for subheading "history and criticism"]
drama history and criticism
see also,   drama criticism
american drama 20th century history and criticism
american drama history and criticism drama [time period] history and criticism
english drama [look for time periods] mysteries and miracle plays [geographic region] history and criticism
classical drama commedia dell'arte
greek drama [spanish, german, etc.] drama
latin drama dramatists [note various subheadings]