Publications

AisleSay

These folks have been publishing reviews for around two decades, which makes them some of the first to grasp the Internet’s potential for theatre. In addition to New York City reviews, the site includes reviews for many major U.S. cities, along with London and other theatre hot spots. Also publishes books and CDs.

American Theatre Magazine 

The magazine for not-for-profit theatre in the United States, and, really, covering the heart of the industry. Interviews, profiles, news. Plus they publish a play each issue. Though wholly available only by subscription, the site includes selected articles each month.

Arthur Miller Journal

A twice-yearly journal dedicated to Arthur Miller studies, seeking to provide a lasting legacy for Miller’s contributions to American drama.

Asian Theatre Journal

A Project Muse publication dedicated to the performing arts of Asia, both traditional and modern.

Back Stage/Back Stage West

Career advice and casting information for actors: Casting notices, along with resources on college programs, acting coaches and schools, and photography, along with news, reviews, listings, a message board, blogs, and more. Full access to all listings requires a subscription. Notably, in a field where things may not appear what they seem, Backstage vets its callboard.

Bulletin of Comediantes 

Semiannual journal for scholars of early modern Hispanic theater. The site includes a blog and an issue archive.

Comparative Drama

A scholarly journal devoted to studies “international in spirit and interdisciplinary in scope”; includes links for like-minded readers. Published quarterly.

Currency Press 

Australian performing arts publisher, with scripts and free articles for students, teachers, authors, and others in the industry. Site resources include a podcast, interviews with actors and playwrights, and speech transcripts.

CurtainUp

Theatre reviews, news, and a great many useful links. They’ve been flying the Internet since 1996.

Didaskalia: Ancient Theatre Today

Or as you may know it, διδασκαλία. A peer-reviewed English-language, online publication about the performance of Greek and Roman drama, dance, and music.

Dramatists Play Service, Inc. 

Play publisher (and licenser) of a variety of authors, styles, and subjects. The site provides a search engine for finding the company’s plays by theme, author, and so on, and offers some production tools, such as music and photographs.

Eugene O’Neill Review

Academic journal of the Eugene O’Neill Society, publishes peer-reviewed presentations of new research on O’Neill’s life and legacy.

Live Design

A creative and technical journal for lighting, sound, staging, and projection. Gear reviews, news, a designer showcase, and, appropriately, a multimedia library.

Modern Drama

A Project Muse publication, founded in 1958, and focusing on dramatic literature. Published quarterly.

New Theatre Quarterly

Serves as an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet. News, analysis, and debate.

New York Theatre Wire

Reviews and news on theatre, from Broadway to experimental productions, plus international news and dance, performance art, and music.

OOBR

The Off-Off Broadway Review looks at plays that can be defined as: “an Equity showcase or non-union production of equivalent resources, being done in any of the New York boroughs.” Includes an internal search engine and links  to other theatre sites.

Performing Arts Journal

A Project Muse publication: since 1976, PAJ has covered visual arts (such as video, installations, photography, and multimedia performance) as well as new works in theatre, dance, film, and opera. Essays, interviews and dialogues, historical documentation, performance texts and plays, reports on performance abroad, and book reviews.

Playbill 

What can one say about Playbill? It’s the theatre industry’s magazine, particularly with an eye on Broadway. Everything’s here. News, of course, international in scope, plus tickets, features, a callboard, multimedia, and much more. Sadly, some time ago, Playbill absorbed the excellent Theatre Central site, which listed theatres and offered connections with other theatre professionals, and, for the time being, that feature is unavailable on Playbill’s site. Here’s hoping it returns in the near future.

Playscripts, Inc.

Publishes plays for schools/universities and professional theatre. With a search function for plays and playwrights, and a theatre blog.

Samuel French

The Big Kahuna of play publishers. Information on the company’s publications and authors, plus kind of a cool feature called “Now Playing” that shows where French’s plays currently are being produced. (The answer is: everywhere.)

Shakespeare Studies

As international Shakespeare journal: articles, book reviews, recent, publications by topic. In addition to a historical perspective, appraises Shakespeare’s work with an ear to current interests.

Smith and Kraus 

Play publishers, representing an array of plays and playwrights, plus monologues and other theatre books.

Stage Directions 

Webpage for the technical theatre magazine. News, gear, discussion forums, jobs, plus an excellent set of links to other theatre resources.

Stanislavski Studies

An English/Russian, peer-reviewed eJournal, presenting scholarship on subjects related to Konstantin Stanislavski’s work. Archives available.

TDR

Scholarship on performances and their social, economic and political contexts. Emphasizes experimental, avant-garde, intercultural, and interdisciplinary dance theatre, performance art, popular entertainment, media, sports, rituals and performance in politics and everyday life. Which is to say: everything.

Theatrefolk 

Plays for high school productions. Also offers theatre instruction books, free monologues and group scenes, and a blog about the publisher’s playwrights.


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