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Performing Arts

Journal Articles


Databases allow us to search across many journals at one time. Below are some databases that specifically cover journals related to the performing arts.

You might also consult a multidisciplinary database or a subject database from another field like psychology or sociology to find contextual information about the topic of your performance. 


Performing Arts Journals

Gleeson subscribes to several magazines and scholarly journals dedicated to the study of the performing arts such as:

  • Performing Arts Journal: Covers the directions of new work in performance, video, installations, dance, photography, media, film, and music
  • Women and Performance: Publishes articles concerned with traditional and nontraditional performance, such as film, theatre, music, dance, and performing art.
  • Studies and Theater and Performance: Covers methods and results of practical research, and examines experiments in teaching and performance.
  • Performance Research: Emphasis is on research in contemporary performance arts within changing cultures.
  • PAJ: A Journal of Performance Art: Covers the directions of new work in performance, video, installations, dance, photography, media, film, and music.
  • TDR: The Drama Review: Interdisciplinary, intercultural and progressive articles on all aspects of performance, theater, dance, music, film, video, ritual, play, sports and performance in everyday life.

Use Journal Finder to find more journals and magazines related to Performance Art, Music, and Dance. You can search these journals directly, but know that they are also searched through the databases mentioned above, too.

​Remember that you can use Interlibrary Loan to request journal articles that are not available through Gleeson Library | Geschke Center. Interlibrary loan items arrive within 1-2 weeks but may arrive sooner, and occasionally take longer.

Open Access Journals (no subscription necessary)

Performance-Matters: peer-reviewed, open access on-line journal published bi-annually by Simon Fraser University that focuses on all aspects of performance: what it does, and why it is meaningful

International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Mediadraws its contributions from academics and practitioner-researchers at the interface of new media technologies and performance.  It acts as a forum for critical scholarship, innovative practice, and creative pedagogy, addressing themes that may be domain-specific (e.g. theatre, dance, music, live art, computer science) or situated at the convergence of two or more disciplines.  

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