TDGR 289: Intro to Doctoral Studies: Stage Management

News Sources

The UCSD Library offers searchable, full-text access to the major newspapers of New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. that are particularly good in covering regional theaters. The New York Times is, of course, an invaluable source of information about the theater in New York City and in the New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey region--not just critical reviews and features on performers, directors, and designers, but also on the business and production aspects of Broadway, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theater.

NEW YORK TIMES (1999-PRESENT). Sample search: Jujamcyn AND profit OR "bottom line" and date range 2000-2013 = 44 results.

NEW YORK TIMES (HISTORICAL, 1851-2009). Sample search: "Harold Prince" and Broadway OR Off-Broadway and date range 1955-2009 results in over 3500 articles.

NEWSBANK: ACCESS WORLD NEWS. Full-text content of more than 650 U.S. newspapers (116 in California)--at least one from every state. Local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics and government,local companies and people. Dates of coverage vary with each paper. When the home page opens, notice the shortcuts to the San Diego and California newspapers. Sample search:  management N5 theat* AND commercial or profit NOT film* or movie* or cinema* = 27 results as of 2/5/13.

LEXIS NEXIS ACADEMIC. Thousands of full-text sources including newspapers, wires, transcripts, newsletters, magazines, trade journals; also industry news, company information, law reviews, court decisions. Coverage dates vary.

Read This First

The resources on this page are IN ADDITION TO those in the other pages of this guide.

Finding Books in Roger

The UCSD Library uses Library of Congress Subject Headings to help researchers locate books and other book-length resources on a particular topic. LCSH is a controlled vocabulary, or fixed thesaurus, of words and phrases that bring together books on a similar topic regardless of the terms used in the books' titles. So although doing a keyword search in Roger can sometimes be useful, the most fruitful search will take advantage of these subject headings.

The name of a theater company will always be used as a heading if the book is principally or significantly about that company, e.g.:

Royal Shakespeare Company; Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.); Public Theater (New York, N.Y.); Manhattan Theatre Club; St. Louis Black Repertory Theater Company; National Theatre (Great Britain).

An individual's name will always be used for a book principally or significantly about that person: Prince, Harold, 1928- ; Crawford, Cheryl, 1902-1986;  Shubert, Lee, 1873?-1953; Lortel, Lucille.

A corporate entity, either profit or non-profit, can be used: Shubert Organization; Actors' Equity Association; League of American Theatres and Producers. 

Other unique things or places: Tony Awards; Times Square (New York, N.Y.).

For broader topics, more difficult to describe, it is necessary to find how LC creates headings. Some headings for theater are listed in the "Books, Scripts & Media" page of this Guide. Some specific ones for TDGR 286 might be:

Theater--Production and Direction. This heading can be "sub-divided," primarily by country or state (within the U.S.), e.g.: Theater--Production and Direction--New York (State); Theater--Production and Direction--England--London; but also by specific aspects, e.g.: Theater--Production and Direction--Law and Legislation--United States.  

Theater--Economic Aspects.

Theater Management.

Stage Management--Handbooks, Manuals, Etc.

Books about theater buildings, as opposed to "the theater," use either the name of a specific theater building or the word Theaters, e.g.: Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, Pa.)--History; Theaters--California--San Diego--Planning; Theaters--Fire and Fire Prevention.

Some relevant headings start with "Theatrical," e.g. Theatrical agencies, Theatrical agents, Theatrical managers--Great Britain--Biography; Theatrical posters; and, perhaps best of all, "Theatrical Producers and Directors" Books with this heading would focus more on individuals; Theater--Production and Direction would focus more on principles, history, current practice, theory, etc.