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Digital Theatre+ is the world’s leading educational platform for English and the Performing Arts, providing access to 600+ theatre productions and educational resources.DT+ collaborate with renowned theatre companies, actors and creatives to capture live performances in stunning quality and bring you insights from behind the scenes; curates the very best productions from over 50 of the world’s leading arts organisations; and commission educational resources from leading practitioners and academics. New content is added regularly.
An online directory of academic, peer-reviewed, open access books. Search by keyword or browse by subject.
Coverage: Full text
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals, covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.
Coverage: Index
Contains abstracts of selected New Zealand serials, including newspapers, about New Zealand and the South Pacific. Subjects covered include general interest material, social research, current affairs, the arts and humanities.
Coverage: Coverage varies (Full text)
Access to archival issues of journals with coverage usually ending three to five years before present. Back issues of over 1500 journals in the arts, humanities, science, and social sciences with links to current issues available in Project Muse.
Coverage: 1926 to present (Index)
Produced by the Modern Language Association. Provides access to scholarly research in over 7,000 journals and series as well as monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies etc in the fields of literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Limited to four simultaneous users.
Naxos Video Library brings you an extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Watch concerts, operas, ballets and music documentaries online. Limited to 5 concurrent users. Please log out after use.
Oxford's Very Short Introductions offer concise introductions to a diverse range of subject areas, in ebook format, in the arts and humanities; including History, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion. All titles provide intelligent and serious introductions to a huge range of subjects, written by experts in the field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.
Coverage: Coverage varies (Full text)
Includes over 350 journals from over 70 scholarly publishers covering the fields of literature and criticism, history, visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
Coverage: Index
Te Puna Search (WorldCat Discovery) provides a view of New Zealand libraries’ holdings and the holdings of other libraries around the world for both library staff and patrons. Discovery searches over OCLC WorldCat plus other databases.
Coverage: 1785 - six years ago
The complete digital edition of the Times (London) is a primary source for researchers of world history, politics, and literature. Contains articles and letters to the editor from famous writers. The entire newspaper has been captured and is searchable, including all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photographs.
Coverage: Index
Access to records for over 1.2 billion items, including theses, books and articles from all parts of the world. WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world, and grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals. There are links to full-text where this is available.

Dictionaries

This practical handbook of terms, theories and styles relevant to the study and practice of dramaturgy encompasses textual, performance and production conventions as they have appeared throughout the history of drama and theatre.
Examines the different areas of postmodernist literature and the variety of forms that have been produced.
International and historical in scope, this reference includes nearly 1,500 entries and is divided into three volumes: Plays; Playwrights; and, Actors, Directors and Designers.
This book is intended for undergraduates taking courses in drama, theater or performing arts, providing an informative and accessible guide to the subject.
Reviews current knowledge of the character and operation of theatres in Shakespeare's time, with an explanation of their origins. Coverage includes the practices of Elizabethan actors and script writers: methods of characterisation; gesture, blocking and choreography, including music, dance and fighting; actors' rhetorical interaction with audiences; and use of costumes, stage props, and make-up.

Encyclopedias

This guide offers a wealth of information on the history and present practice of theatre in all parts of the world. It clearly depicts the dynamic interaction of performance traditions from all cultures in present-day theatre.
The Oxford Companion to American Theatre provides an up-to-date guide to the American stage from its beginnings to the present.
This Oxford Companion is based on the celebrated Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, and covers styles and movements, organisations, regions and traditions; it has a particularly strong focus on biographies of actors, playwrights, directors, and designers. New entries cover the people and companies who have come into prominence since the publication of the Encyclopedia.
This encyclopedia views theatre and performance as "human expressions with large cultural significance." These expressions extend beyond traditional theater to include opera, film, dance, radio, and even circuses, rituals, and parades.
This handbook contains a series of activities that are structured around four ready-made frameworks that should enable students and teachers to work towards a play, video, musical event, or exhibition.

Journals

A major peer-reviewed journal at the intersection of the creative arts, design and digital technologies. Articles cover practical and theoretical aspects of making or using digital media in creative disciplines. Topics include visual arts, interaction design, physical computing and making, computational materials, textile and fashion design, filmmaking and animation, game design, music, dance, drama, architecture and urban design.
Billed as "the magazine of New Zealand plays and playwrights" this yearly publication contains articles, interviews and advice from practitioners, round-ups of theatre in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, and a yearly calendar of professional productions of New Zealand plays.   Available in print and online.

Websites

Provides digital resources to support research in the performing arts.
An access point to selected theatre resources on the Internet.
The official database that provides records of productions from the beginning of Broadway theatre to the present.
Stream ballet, opera, contemporary dance, documentaries and theatre on demand. Features the Royal Shakespeare Company, London Symphony Orchestra, the Bolshoi Ballet and more. The Library does not subscribe to this resource, but there's a free trial, and a discounted subscription for students and educators of $45 per year (click on 'Professionals' to see it). There is also a 'watch for free' selection.
Gives access to Internet resources in theatre and performance studies.
An archive of stage productions in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The project was initiated by Theatre Studies at Otago University in 2004 and is still in active progress.
Theatre New Zealand provides a national link between people who are involved in theatre through theatre societies, schools, youth theatres and other organisations throughout Aotearoa-New Zealand.
The New Zealand Performing Arts Review and Directory provides details of productions, as well as links to reviews and venues.

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