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Resources for Actors: Start Here

This guide is designed to help you find plays, scenes, and monologues to use in classes, performances, and auditions.

Music and Performing Arts Librarian

Guide to Content

This subject guide is designed to introduce you to some of the resources available for the study of acting. Click on the tabs above or the links below to browse the pages with tips on finding monologues, scenes, and plays. 

Finding Plays


Best Bets

Contains the full text of 1,200 plays written by more than150 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print.
Official database for Broadway theatre information. Includes names of people involved, dates of plays, interesting facts, and production statistics.
Shakespeare Collection
The Shakespeare Collection is an interdisciplinary, multimedia collection of resources supporting literary, textual, historical, and performance studies. Resources include editions and adaptations of Shakespeare’s works published during Shakespeare’s time, prompt books, the Gordon Crosses Theatrical Diaries, criticism, reviews, images, and reference works.