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Theater, Dance, and Film 

Internet Resources
American Film Institute.
A large, carefully designed site featuring information on film and television production and history. The site includes links to film clips, information on AFI activities, and CineMedia, a well-organized and vast resource directory.

Brief Guide to Internet Resources in Theatre and Performance Studies.
A comprehensive but discriminating guide to theater sites on the Internet. Sites on actors and acting, stagecraft and technical theater, and electronic journals; even arts-management and nonprofit organizations are among the listings here. The creator of the site, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies and Theater Arts, Ken McCoy, avoids listing commercial organizations and thoroughly annotates all entries.

Cinema Sites.
A directory of sites dealing with cinema and television, ranging from the academic to the entertaining. The directory is particularly strong for information on the business side of the film industry. Maintained by David Augsburger, who works in television production.

Dancin' on the Web.
A very simple site that contains long lists of links to dance-related sites. These sites can be viewed alphabetically or by type of dance. The spectrum is broad, and the site has a clean design.

Film and Video Internet Gateway.
A directory of sites, organized by type: indexes, legal issues, resources, stock footage, and so on.

Artslynx International Dance Resources Online.
An index of links to organizations, competition sites, publications, research and scholarship, history resources, and libraries, all related to dance. A plethora of sources is available here, with an international scope.

The Internet Movie Database.
The largest and oldest Internet film site. The database includes information on more than 200,000 movies from the silents to the latest releases, offering for many of them, information on the release, script, cast, and reviews, with links to further information. The search engine is sophisticated, allowing searches by movie title, cast or crew member, year, genre, country, production company, or combinations of these. Updated daily, this site is an extraordinary resource, both in depth of coverage and organization.

Performing Arts Links.
An international listing of materials relating to theatre, dance, and film, arranged both topically and by country. Particularly strong in theatre resources, it includes links to sites on puppetry, street theatre, vaudeville, and other genres, as well as to theatre history, actors, etc.  Frequently updated by its maintainer, Maria Teresa Iovinelli of the Burcardo Library and Theatre Collection in Rome.

Theater History Sites on the WWW.
Focuses on the history of theater, with headings beginning in classical theater (e.g., "Recreating the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens") and ending in American theater (e.g., "Radio City Music Hall"). Here also are links to sites that provide general information about theater and theater organizations, such as the American Society for Theater Research. This site is simply designed, regularly updated, and easy to navigate.

24 Frames per Second: Projections on Film.
An elegantly designed Internet journal that strives to provide a forum for individual responses to film. Sections include "Reactions," in which readers participate in reviewing films and trends in cinema; "Off Camera," which collects lists and ratings; and "Now Showing," for current news.

WWW Virtual Library: Theatre and Drama.
Offers links to electronic text archives, journals, newsgroups, theater images, and theater studies, and provides a database of online plays, listed by author. 


Library Resources
Biographical Dictionary of Dance. By Barbara Naomi Cohen-Stratyner. New York: Schirmer, 1982.
An extensive collection of biographical sketches of both famous and lesser-known choreographers and dancers representing various genres, from ballet to ballroom.

Cambridge Guide to World Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Provides lengthy articles on national traditions, theatrical forms, and topics in international theater, with numerous illustrations.

A Dictionary of the Ballet. By George Buckley Laird Wilson. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1974.
Covers dancers, ballets, ballet companies, and musical terms.

Dramatic Criticism Index: A Bibliography of Commentaries on Playwrights from Ibsen to the Avant-Garde. Detroit: Gale, 1972.
An index to criticism of plays, arranged by author, with subheadings for individual plays. Indexed sources range from scholarly analysis to substantial reviews in the popular press.

Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre. By Kurt Ganzl. 2 vols. New York: Schirmer, 1994.
Surveys musical theater, providing detailed background on musicals and profiles of those involved with them.

European Drama Criticism, 1900-1975. By Helen H. Palmer. 2nd ed. Hamden, Conn.: Shoe String Press, 1977.
An index to books and articles containing criticism of plays by prominent European playwrights; arranged by author, with subheadings for titles of plays.

Film Encyclopedia. By Ephraim Katz. 2nd ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1994.
A reference of more than 1,500 pages offering 7,000 entries on terms, topics, and individuals related to the history of film.

The Filmgoer's Companion. By Leslie Halliwell. 12th ed. New York: Hill and Wang, 1997.
Offers brief entries on major films, actors, directors, and producers, as well as definitions of technical terms and subjects such as censorship. The book is useful for identifying films of a certain type, such as trial dramas.

Film Literature Index. Albany: Film and Television Documentation Center, SUNY Albany, 1975-.
Covers both film reviews and scholarly film criticism. Offers especially strong coverage of European film and includes a section on television and video.

International Encyclopedia of Dance. 6 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
The most exhaustive reference work on dance, covering the historical evolution of dance in the countries of the world, analysis of dance techniques, theories of aesthetics, personalities, companies, and works.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama. 2nd ed. 5 vols. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984.
Contains articles on playwrights, periods of theatrical history, and notable figures in theater. Brief critical comments on plays are given under author entries. The work includes many photographs and plates of productions, and an index to the entire set.

Modern Drama Scholarship and Criticism, 1966-1980: An International Bibliography. By Charles A. Carpenter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1986.
An extensive bibliography of international sources in drama, arranged geographically, with subheadings by author; emphasizes scholarly criticism.

Modern Drama Scholarship and Criticism, 1981-1990: An International Bibliography. By Charles A. Carpenter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.
An extensive bibliography of international sources in drama, arranged geographically, with subheadings by author; emphasizes scholarly criticism.

Oxford Companion to the Theatre. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.
Includes brief entries on authors, theatrical terms, and periods in the history of theater.

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre. 5 vols. London: Routledge, 1994.
An authoritative and up-to-date guide to current theater, with a global perspective and thorough coverage by country. 

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