Helpful Links

Libraries and Bookstores

Staley Library
Our very own here at Millikin!

Theatre and Drama Research link || North American Theatre Online Database
This guide assists you in locating plays (including in the Illinet Online Catalog), in finding information about playwrights, and critiques and reviews of plays and productions, as well as in locating biographical information about an author or historical character or geographical setting, and in discovering other relevant materials.

Library of Congress
The main place! Source for theatre related texts as well as archives.

Folger Shakespeare Library
Major independent library located in Washington, D.C. Major Shakespeare resource.

Theatre and Drama Section of the World Wide Web Virtual Library
Excellent link to many resources including journals, syllabus bank, theatre image collections, mailing lists and news groups.

Amazon Books
A good place to help you search for songs because they have short sound files of many broadway recordings. Type the name of the show in the Amazon search box, click on the link to the original cast recording, then click on the sound bite of the song you'd like to hear. They don't play the the entire song, just about a 20 second section, but you should find it helpful in getting the basic idea of what a song sounds like.

Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

The Dramatic Publishing Company

Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Music Theatre International (MTI)
Muscial scripts and scores
New plays, short and long. Sample pages from scripts online. Good index to find plays.

Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatre Library
Musical scripts and scores

Samuel French

Online Magazines and Newspapers

"Complete Online Performing Arts Resource". Daily updates, feature stories, casting notices, etc. Good site to browse.

Information about Chicago and Milwaukee markets. Competitor to Stagebill.

Online version of Chicago's trade newspaper. Services, ads, theatre listings, etc.

Playbill On-Line
Theatre headlines, show listings, etc. Join the free club that offers theatre discounts.

Broadway World
Theatre headlines, show listings, and regional resources.

Broadway specific show listings and news.

Professional Organizations

Actor's Equity Association

Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS Index

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC

National Endowment of the Arts

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Society of American Fight Directors

Stage Directors & Choreographers Society

University and Resident Theatre Association

United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc.

Tech/Design Resources

The Costume Society of America
Information on regional activities of the society. Online form to join.


Musicals 101
The Cyber Encyclopedia of Musical Theatre, TV and Film. Especially helpful if you are looking for musicals written during a particular time period; just click on the chronology link.

Internet Broadway Database
The official database for Broadway theatre information. IBDB provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre until today. Details include pertinent people involved as well as interesting facts and production statistics. Get a list of every production of Hamlet on Broadway or a list of your favorite actor's credits. Find out what played at a particular theatre or what shows opened in a specified Broadway season.

Internet Off-Broadway Database 
The Lortel Archives provide a catalogue of shows produced Off-Broadway.

Classical Net
Provides a point-of-entry into a wide array of informational files about classical music -over 3400 files at Classical Net and over 2400 links to other classical music web sites.

Musicals Net
Formerly the Musicals homepage. Synopses, links, songlists for musicals.

Opera Glass
An opera information server on the World Wide Web. Information on operas, composers, libretti, discographies, etc.

Playbill Vault
Database of Broadway productions including details of every Broadway show including cast, creative staff, producers, and scanned copies of the original opening night Playbill.


The British Library Archival Sound Recordings
The British Library Sound Archive has a large collection of recordings suitable for the study of accents and dialects. Most oral history collections held by the Archive contain recordings of dialect and accent interest, and searching the catalog by locality or place-name is one means of accessing such material.

The International Dialects of English Archive, (IDEA)
This website was created in 1997 as a repository of primary source recordings for actors and other artists in the performing arts. Its home is the Department of Theatre and Film at the University Of Kansas, in Lawrence, KS, USA; while associate editors form a global network. All recordings are in English, are of native speakers, and you will find both English language dialects and English spoken in the accents of other languages. The recordings are downloadable and playable for both PC and Macintosh computers

The New Improv Page
A clearinghouse for information about "improvisational theatre." Lots of information on games, books, other links related to improvisational theatre and techniques.


Dance Warehouse
Dance and Gymnastic apparel. Every item in the store is $10.00

Sapphire Swan Dance Directory
Site covers various styles of dance with connections to specific companies, as well as dance books, schools, supplies, etc.


Absolute Shakespeare
Complete works available as well as other resources

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Ready to download

Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Website for the festival, includes play dates and showtimes.


Chicago Theatre Home Page List, Z to A
Chicago theater home pages.

McCoy's Guide to Theatre and Performance Studies
Well maintained and annotated list of links over a HUGE range of subjects -- well organized.

Theatre Mania
All Theater. All the Time.

Theatre 7
Decatur's Community Theatre

Tony Awards
The Official Website of The American Theatre Wing's Tony Award