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Research Guides

Drama: Biographical Resources

Drama resources including production resources, digital collections, image collections, costume resources, plays and monologues.

Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Contemporary Theatre,Film & Television (Replaces Who's Who in the Theatre)

Drama Reference PN2285.C45 1984-2002 


Dictionary of Literary Biography Series

Has criticism, biographical information, production history, photographs of productions, & bibliography of sources

Can use the online Literary Index to search for playwrights across the series, then consult the print volumes for the actual biography.

Drama Reference PN41. D484 1978



International Dictoinary of Theatre v. 2 Playwrights and v.3 Actors, Directors and Designers

Drama Reference PN2035.I49 1992

Signed entries include biographical and critical information on playwrights, actors, directors, and designers.  Includes both published and produced works, and notes published bibliographies and critical works.  Plays include first production dates and information if known. 


Oxford Companion to American Theatre

Drama Reference PN2220.B6 1992


Oxford Companion to the Theatre

Drama Reference PN2035.H3 1983


Who's Who in the Theatre

Drama Reference PN2012.W5 1914-1981


Who Was Who in the Theatre

Drama Reference PN2597.W52 1912-1976