Theatre and Dance



Lisa Hooper


Head of Media Services

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 314-7822

Librarian Email

Book Chair

Victor Holtcamp, PhD

Dept Chair

Martin L. Sachs, MFA

Program Description

The Theatre and Dance collection at Tulane supports the instructional and research needs of faculty, undergradute and graduate students. The Theatre Department offers a B.A. in Theatre, and B.F.A and M.F.A degrees in Design and Production. The Dance Program offers a B.A and B.F.A in Dance. Full-time faculty number 14; 11 in Theatre and four in Dance. Primarily performance and production-oriented, the Theatre and Dance Department challenges students with Tulane's liberal arts environment to be involved in, and gain deeper appreciation of, the performing arts. The Department seeks to instill in students the understanding that theatre and dance are living processes for questioning, exploring, and understanding human nature. The Department recognizes and respects the diverse structures and approaches to artistic creation and encourages collaboration, risk-taking, and open communication between disciplines. Preparation for graduate training is another focus within the Department.

Subject Resource Guide


Selection focuses primarily on the curriculum of the Theatre and Dance Department; however, numerous interdisciplinary interests, and faculty participation in various Programs or Departments--including Studies in Africa and African Diaspora, Linguistics, and Music--suggest a wide range of ancillary collecting interests. Emphasis is on primary work such as plays and scripts in English; secondary biographical, critical, historical, theoretical, and cultural materials are also given consideration, especially those focusing on costume design and theatrical performance history. Dramatic works in most foreign languages are included in those Departments' collection responsibilities. Theatre and Dance Departmental interests may include significant numbers of popular cultural materials, but exclude most children's dramatic works unless part of a collect author's canon, all filmscripts, and all cinema-related materials.


Monographs, monographic series, serials, reference works, media (including software or visual items) and recordings are regularly sought; anthologies are considered selectively; excluded are most conference proceedings, textbooks, dissertations, manuscripts, maps, and most collections of previously published materials.


To broaden accessibility, journals are sought online when this format is available. Print may be cancelled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured. Online access that requires additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively within the amount budgeted for Theatre and Dance journals. Monographs and other types are generally purchased as printed text though other formats are considered, including digital files (online or CD), audio cassette tapes, and video tapes.


The focus is on English, though performance-oriented critical or historical materials in foreign languages may be considered.

Chronological Period

Collection emphasis ranges from the first human performances of theatre and dance to the present.

Imprint Date

Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years; out-of-print materials are sought, generally, to replace lost materials considered indispensible to the collection, or upon faculty request.

Geographical Considerations

The geographic focus is worldwide.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Check-Out Desk.

Supply Sources

YBP and Coutts provide primary and critical materials in English according to profiles established for each vendor, supplemented by standing and firm orders worldwide for monographic series and supplemental monographs.

Endowed Funds

No endowed are present provided specifically for theatre or dance.

Selection Tools

The Times Literary Supplement, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, Publisher's Weekly, the London Book Review, Choice, Booklist, Commonwealth Literature, World Literature Written in English, and the Irish Literary Times are reviewed regularly.