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Theatre and Dance Collection Development Guidelines

General Department Information

Curricular Focus and Department Goals:

The School of Theatre and Dance provides students with liberal and professional education preparing them for careers in the performing arts as artists, scholars, and educators. The School offers comprehensive programs in theatre and dance leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Arts. The breadth of the program is suggested by its course offerings, which cover the areas of acting, directing, musical theatre, theatre history, criticism, script analysis, playwriting, technical production, scenery, lighting, costume design, make-up, theatre management, modern dance, ballet, jazz, dance composition, dance history, dance notation, and dance science.

Departmental Areas of Concentration:

  • Nineteenth-century American theatre
  • Asian-American theatre
  • Playwriting and script analysis
  • Suzuki movement
  • Costume design
  • Technical direction and sound design

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. in Theatre Studies
  • B.F.A. in Acting, Dance, Dance Education, Design/Technology, and Musical Theatre
  • M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism
  • M.F.A. in Advanced Acting
  • M.F.A. in Design/Technology (concentrations in Costume, Lighting, Scene Design, Theatre Technology, and Costume Technology)

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Scope of Coverage

The following subject area is collected at the advanced study level:

  • Theatre History and Criticism

The following subject areas are collected at the initial study level:

  • Acting
  • Design/Technology

The following subject areas are collected at the basic level:

  • Dance
  • Dance Education
  • Musical Theatre

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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coveage Areas

Emphasis placed on English-language publications.

Date of Publication
New publications are chiefly collected, but earlier publications are occasionally selected to fill gaps in the existing collection.

Geographical guidelines
No restrictions.

Society or Publisher Emphasis
Emphasis placed on English-language publica Publications by university and academic presses are chiefly selected, but materials from popular and small, specialized presses are also considered.

Multiple copies
Multiple copies of materials are purchased under special circumstances only.



Material Types
Recent Acquisitions!



  • Books: Scholarly publications emphasized
  • Audiovisual Materials: Acquired selectively and upon request
  • Theses and dissertations: Acquired selectively and upon request
  • Microform reproductions: Acquired upon request


Online Services and Electronic Resources:

  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Oxford Reference Online Performing Arts Resources
  • Theatre Research Guide lists selected reference sources, databases, and supplementary tools.

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