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19th and 20th Century Theatre History Search Term Examples


Use the table below as a guide for keywords to enter when searching library catalogs (searching for books), periodical databases (searching for articles), and Web search engines (searching for Web pages). Remember, many of these terms were derived from standard texts on the theatre and are only intended to serve as examples and starting points for your searches. You can add to these suggestions or change them as you read articles, essays, and books that relate to your specific topic.

Search for: Examples:
Words that describe the mechanics of theatre production and performance practice
theatre architecture
theatrical machinery
make-up
masks
costumes
stage lighting
stage design
stage technology
stages
scenery
scene design
scene painters
scene shifting
panoramas
actor, actors, acting
actor training
performers
Words that describe theatre movements and concepts romanticism
realism
antirealism
naturalism
expressionism
futurism
Dadaism
surrealism
fantastic realism
orphism
feminism
deconstruction
postmodernism
poststructuralism
positivism
epic theatre
theatre of the absurd
theatre of cruelty
total theatre
open theatre
feminist theatre
Words for persons and places associated with the theatre
Bertolt Brecht
Kurt Weill
William Butler Yeats
Wendy Wasserstein
Emile Zola
Tennessee Williams
Orson Welles
Henrik Ibsen
August Strindberg
Tom Stoppard
George Bernard Shaw
Eugene O'Neill
Luigi Pirandello
Heiner Muller
Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Adolphe Appia
Gordon Craig
Vsevolod Meyerhold
Ballets Russes
Black Theatre
Bread and Puppet Theatre
Intimate Theatre
Living Theatre
Polish Laboratory Theatre
New Theatre
Federal Theatre Project
National Theatre, London
Moscow Art Theatre
Mercury Theatre
Grand Magic Circus
Words that represent time periods
Victorian
19th Century
20th Century
Modern Era
Postwar
Interwar
Between Wars
Roaring Twenties
Great Depression
Fifties
Sixties
Seventies
Eighties
Words that describe nations or regions
Asia
Asian
China
Chinese
Japan
Japanese
Europe
European
England
English
Great Britain
France
French
Germany
German
Italy
Italian
Russia
Russian
Soviet Union
Soviet
United States
America
American

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