"Questioning is one of the keys to creativity. To analyze effectively, it is necessary to shed fear- fear of criticism, fear of making mistakes, fear of seeming less than brilliant, fear of being thought a fool or somehow different. Fear inhibits thinking and makes us afraid to ask questions."
Gillette, Michael J. Theatrical Design and Production. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013.
"Designers have to study the historical background of each production they design. This type of research involves online searches and perusing the library for books, catalogs, paintings, periodicals, and other sources of information about the era." (Gillette, 26)
Below are some call number ranges of interest for theatre research.
By time period: PN2131-2193
The following areas of literature also have call number ranges for drama history and criticism and drama collections. You will also find plays and criticism in the subject area for individual authors. The call number areas for individual authors are broken down by time period and then alphabetical by author:
The related areas below are useful in helping to understand the historical context and design elements appropriate for that context:
For additional information see Library of Congress Classification Outline.
Portions of this list were compiled by Williams College Libraries