American Theater Now

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Background and Reference Sources

  • North American Theatre Online -- North American Theatre Online (NATO) is a major initiative to provide detailed reference information for every theatrical figure, every play, every theatre, every major production, and every production company, from Colonial times to the present, in both Canada and the United States.
  • Credo Reference -- Credo Reference offers searchable access to 100 reference sources covering a range of subject areas.

Finding Books

  • WorldCat -- Search for books and other materials that can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan from libraries around the world.


  • Contemporary American playwrights / Christopher Bigsby. Ebook: Click to view
  • Local acts : community-based performance in the United States / Jan Cohen-Cruz. Ebook: Click to view
  • The Routledge reader in politics and performance. Ebook: Click to view

Finding Articles and Reviews

  • Academic Search Premier -- Multidisciplinary database containing full text articles for nearly 4,700 publications, as well as indexing and abstracts for 8,172 journals.
  • INFOTRAC Expanded Academic ASAP -- Database covering social sciences, the humanities, science and technology, national news, and general interest magazine.
  • LexisNexis -- Good for finding current newspaper articles in full text.
  • Proquest Newspapers -- Provides full text of more than 500 U.S. and international news sources.