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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Theatre Research Resources

A guide to help students researching topics in theatre.


The library has numerous sources both online and in print to help you conduct biographical research. We've included a selection of online biographical databases below along with several recommendations for print sources divided by general collections, dramatists, and actors. 

Because many of these recommendations collect biographical information on a wide variety of people, the information provided may be limited to a short biographical sketch or brief entry. If you are hoping to find more in-depth biographies or an entire book devoted to a particular theatremaker, try a search in the Library catalog for their name and "biography" to see what other, more specific materials we might have available.

Databases & Online Tools

Selected Biographies