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Theater and Film Research Guide: Theater - Technical

Resources for drama, acting, technical theater, stagecraft, and film.

Subject Terms

When searching any database (the library catalog, article databases, web searches) the following terms will be useful:

  • Installation and Art
  • Stage Setting and Scenery
  • Set Designers
  • Scene Painting
  • Stage History
  • Stage Lighting
  • Stage Machinery
  • Stage Props
  • Stage Management
  • Theater Architecture
  • Theater Pictorial Works
  • Theaters Design and Construction
  • Theaters Special Effects
  • Theater Production and Direction


The following links will take you to registration pages for various listserve groups focusing on theater and film.

Recommended Databases

In the Reference Stacks

The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre, 1900-1975 REF PN2266.B68 

The New York Public Library Performing Arts Desk Reference REF PN1584.N49 1994

Theatrical Design in the Twentieth Century REF PN2091.S8T47 1996