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Artstor Digital Library: Theatre & Performance

A quick start guide to Artstor's key features

Search Tips

Browse by classification for Performing Arts and then select a country name to limit your results.

Keyword search for individuals and sites associated with performance, using terms such as theater, opera house, concert hall, etc.

Keyword searches for the terms actor and dancer will retrieve over 1,000 results — use the advanced search to add a date range or limit to a geographic region or country name.  

This page highlights Artstor content related to theater and dance, including images of costumes, venues, and staged performances from around the world, as well as portraits and performance shots of notable playwrights, theater directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, actors, and dancers.

Curated Image Groups

Artstor's Education and Content teams curate groups of images in a number of disciplines. The below image groups are available for theater and dance:

You can save these groups as your own and modify them by opening a group, logging in to your registered Artstor account, selecting "Organize" from the top menu, and then "Save image group as..." To add or remove images, open your copy of the group and begin editing.

Did you know?

The Historical Scenic Design (Alexander Adducci) collection includes elements from almost 90 opera settings, with hundreds of backdrops and borders, and thousands of framed scenic units, as well as maquettes. It comprises virtually the entire repertoire of operas produced by Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera Company, and also documents the development of opera theater in Chicago, with examples of theatrical scenery from the Chicago Civic Opera Company, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Grand Opera Company, and the Chicago Opera Association.