Featured Resource: Drama Online

Drama Online is an exceptional collection of digital texts, images, audio, and video that together meet the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies.

A product from Bloomsbury Publishing, the foundation of this resource is comprised of the core collection featuring 1200 titles from Bloomsbury’s Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare Series, and Faber and Faber. There are production photos from the Victoria and Albert Museum Performance Archive and the American Shakespeare Center. The dramatic works span the Greek Classics to modern drama with an international roster of major playwrights represented. Also included are essential foreign works in translation. There are critical texts and short biographies for playwrights. Navigating the resource is simple and direct. A variety of access points to the content are provided enabling a search by either play titles, playwrights, genres, periods, or context and criticism.

In addition to the core collection, the most recent additions include approximately 400 titles from Nick Hern Books, one of the UK’s leading performing arts publishers, and video content from the Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen Film Collection. This video collection launched with twenty one stage productions recorded live on the Globe stage and now presented in high definition and surround sound. Productions feature outstanding performances from Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam.

Drama Online is a dynamic resource and an exciting addition to our library collection. You can access the resource through our Databases search from the Columbia University Library website. If you have questions about Drama Online, feel free to contact Nancy Friedland (nef4@columbia.edu), Librarian for Film Studies and Performing Arts.