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Theater & Drama: Home

This guide provides starting points for research in Theater..


Welcome to the Theater & Drama Research Guide.  This guide will help you to identify resources (books, databases, websites, and more) that will help you research topics in this subject.

What is Theater?

What is Theater?

Contemporary British director Peter Brook wrote of theater and its essence in his book, The Empty Space (1968), “A man walks across this empty space (a bare stage) whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theater to be engaged” (p. 9). By Brook’s reckoning, the actor, the stage space, and the audience are the minimal necessary components for the art of the theater. At its most basic level, theater is a story presented in public by a performer or performers, for an audience.

The image at left is entitled Tampa Theatre, by Matthew Paulson

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