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pianoIt's impossible to represent all of theatre's diversity in a single guide! This guides focuses primarily on English-language stage theatre. Ask a librarian for help finding resources on other topics.

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General Resources
Specific Groups: AAPI/Asian  |  Black Diaspora  |  Disabilities  |  Indigenous  |  Jewish  |  Latino/a  |  LGBTQ+  |  Women

Selected Theatre Diversity Books in the Libraries

Monologues for Actors of Color

2000 and 2016 editions.
PN2080 .M535 (men) and PN2080 .M536 (women)
Monologues for African-American, Native American, Latino, and Asian-American identities. Includes notes on the characters and stage directions.

Inclusive Character Analysis

Provides foundational skills for analyzing a play, and introduces contemporary thought about race, gender, and identity.

Disability Theatre and Modern Drama

Explores the processes and tensions at play in disability theatre, plus the challenges its aesthetics pose to mainstream practice.

Black Acting Methods

Offers alternatives to Euro-American performance styles, with contributions from directors, scholars, and actor trainers.

The Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays

Nine scripts from 20th and 21st century Japan, China, Korea, India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Includes a history of modern Asian drama.

The Kilroys List, Vol. 1

99 monologues from the 2014 and 2015 Kilroys Lists of plays by women and trans playwrights.

Theatre and Judaism

Examines how Jewish tradition lends itself to theatrical performance, allowing for engagement with religious heritage that doesn't easily fall into a religious/secular dichotomy.

Indigenous North American Drama

Traces the historical dimensions of Native North American drama using a critical perspective.

Staging Difference

A comprehensive examination of multiculturalism's influence on performance and dramatic literature.

Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors

PN2080 .A93 2016 (men) and PN2080 .A935 2016 (women)
For actors and actresses of black, African American, South Asian and Middle Eastern heritage. Categorized by age.

Teaching Critical Performance Theory

Explores situated learning, disability and inclusivity, feminist approaches, race, ethics, and more.

100 Great Plays for Women

Introductions to 100 plays with female performers center stage.

Out on Stage

Tracks stage representations of lesbians and gays from Oscar Wilde to the present day.

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