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Theatre: Books

A guide to resources for study and research in Theatre

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Many dissertations are available online. If not online, they can usually be borrowed through interlibrary loan.

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Books in WMU Libraries

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Searching hints:

  • Type keywords in the box to the left, click on "Search."
  • Once you have completed a search, you can try an Advanced Search from the results screen and combine several terms to find books on specific topics.
  • To find a book by a person, search the name as an author.
  • To find a book about a person, search the name as a subject.
  • To limit Library Search to only books, scores, and other items owned by the WMU Libraries, click on the "Books and Media" tab.
  • Use categories on the left of the results screen to narrow your results.

Before going to the stacks:

Be sure to look at the location and status of the book in Library Search. Most books are shelved in General Stacks, but some are in the Reference, Textbooks, or Oversize areas.

Where Theatre books are shelved

The Theatre collection is primarily in Waldo Library at the call numbers PN 2000-3307. Highlights:

  • PN 2053  Directing
  • PN 2055-2071  Acting
  • PN 2085-2091  The stage and accessories
  • PN 2131-2145  Ancient theatre
  • PN 2152-2160  Medieval theatre
  • PN 2171-2179  Renaissance theatre
  • PN 2181-2193  Modern theatre
  • PN 2219.3-3030  Theatre by region or country
  • PN 3151-3171  Amateur theatre
  • PN 3175-3191  College and school theatricals
  • PN 4305 .M6  Monologues

Materials on music theatre are in the Music and Dance Library.

Books in other libraries