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Theatre and Dance



I. Purpose: To support teaching and research in the Department of Theatre and Dance by providing material on dance and dance history at the undergraduate level and on applied aspects of play production through the MFA level, and through the Ph.D. level in play writing and historical, theoretical and critical studies. The aspects of play production include acting, directing, play writing, theatrical design, theatre technology, and creative drama and theatre for children and youth. The FAL collection will be the primary collection for : drama in stage performance, its history and criticism, and all aspects of stagecraft, and all aspects of dance. In addition, the collection will include texts of major contemporary plays to support the departmental curriculum.

This statement will define the limits of the theatre and dance collection in the Fine Arts Library (FAL). Additional material to support the department will be found at others of The University of Texas Libraries (see also General Considerations): Perry-Castaneda Library, The Undergraduate Library, the Classics Library, and The Architecture Library.

Some FAL titles may duplicate the holdings of the PCL Main Library, where they are purchased as literature. Some works on theatrical costume will also be added in duplication of PCL holdings. PCL will continue to be the primary location for dramatic literature (texts of plays) for critical, textual, and historical studies of that literature, without reference to original language or performance criteria, and for the history of dress and fashion. The literature of drama and studies of the literary aspect of drama are discussed in the various literature statements. Dance as exercise and dance injuries are held at PCL and are included in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Statement. Theatre and dance of Latin and South America are covered by the Statement for BLAC.

II. General Collection Guidelines:
A. Languages: English will be the primary language of collection. Works in other languages will be acquired occasionally, especially critical, historical, and theoretical treatments. Where essentially visual presentations are concerned, as in collections of stage set designs, pictures of costumes, or dance performances, original language is of lesser importance.

B. Chronological Guidelines: Historical studies of drama, dance, and stagecraft will be acquired regardless of chronological period, beginning with ancient theatre and classical dance and continuing to the present time.

C. Geographical Guidelines: American theatre and dance are areas of especial interest. Material on British, Western European, and Russian theatre will also be widely acquired, as will books on classical theatre. Material on the theatres and dances of Asia and Africa will be selectively acquired. Works concerned with dramatic traditions of other areas will be more selectively purchased.

D. Treatment of Subject: Histories, choreographies, method books, and techniques of the dramatic arts will be widely acquired. Biographies of actors, playwrights, dancers, etc., will be acquired; they may be scholarly or popular in treatment, and may overlap with film and television actors, since many people perform in all media. Published materials dealing with particular companies or theaters will be collected as will histories of a more general type. Textbooks beyond the elementary level are often desirable, especially in applied areas such as costuming, lighting, etc.

E. Types of Material: In addition to monographic and periodical literature, these types will be acquired: collections of monologues and duos; anthologies; dictionaries, directories, selected dissertations, encyclopedias. Visual formats of plays, ballets, musicals, and other performances, as well as a limited number of "how to" videos (put on make-up, light a stage, etc.) will be acquired. Audio formats will include dialect tapes. Scenarios and promptbooks are rarely included, but production casebooks will be acquired when available.

F. Date of Publication: Current material will be most heavily acquired, particularly in applied areas, but retrospective titles, especially as they show historical development, are also of great interest.

G. Other Considerations:
Plays: Perry-Castaneda Library remains the primary location of plays as literature. The plays in the Fine Arts Library will be purchased as aids to production and in the English language only, originally or in translation. Principal works of major current American, British, European, Japanese and Russian playwrights will be acquired. Other works and playwrights will be acquired on a selective basis. Plays which show main lines of dramatic development in America, Britain, and Western Europe will also be acquired selectively, though they may now be of historical interest only. Play written from about 1920 onward in America, Great Britain, and Western Europe will be acquired more fully than those of previous centuries. The collection of current plays, especially those in performance, will be added to regularly as they are published.

There is a large number of plays for children and youth in the Fine Arts Library to support the department's teaching and production of plays for children and youth.

Relevant other locations: The Hoblitzelle Theatre Arts Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center is a major drama resource in the United States.

The University Interscholastic League, a confederation of high schools in Texas, holds an annual one-act play context and maintains a library to loan these plays to high schools in Texas. Department of Theatre and Dance students can use these titles as well (471-9996).

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

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