Performing Arts, Theatre & Film

Alexander Street Drama - Package

Alexander Street Drama

Alexander Street Drama brings together thousands of plays from Alexander Street's six individual full-text drama collections and makes them accessible and cross-searchable in a single, specially priced package. It includes the full content from: Black Drama, Asian American Drama, Latino Drama, Twentieth Century North American Drama, North American Indian Drama, North American Women's Drama, as well as the reference collection North American Theater Online.

American Film Scripts

American Film Scripts Online

American Film Scripts makes available for the first time accurate and authorized versions of 1,000 copyrighted screenplays. Through close partnerships with the leading film studios and rights holders, Alexander Street created an unparalleled database of iconic scripts featuring many works that have never before been published and are available nowhere else.

Asian American Drama

Asian American Drama

Asian American Drama is an online text collection that brings together more than 250 plays, along with related biographical, production, and theatrical information. The collection begins with the works of Sadakichi Hartmann in the late 19th century and progresses to the writings of contemporary playwrights, such as Philip Kan Gotanda, Elizabeth Wong, and Jeannie Barroga.

Asian Film Online Series

Asian Film Online Series


The Asian Film Online Series is an online streaming video collection of nearly 1,000 narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts. With Asian voices addressing Asian issues, and through works selected by Asian film experts, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights.

Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection

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Audio Drama: The L.A. Theatre Works Collection delivers, for the first time online, more than 300 important dramatic works from the curated archive of the nation’s premiere radio theatre company. Quintessential plays are performed by leading actors from around the world and recorded specifically for online listening.

Black Drama: Second Edition

Black Drama Second Edition

Black Drama: Second Edition contains the full text of more than 1,200 plays by 200 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, and nearly a quarter of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Classical Music in Video

Classical Music in Video

Classical Music in Video is a comprehensive streaming video collection that supports the full spectrum of musical programs. It provides a holistic, nuanced view of the genre of classical music through performances from world-famous orchestras, chamber groups, oratorios, and soloists, together with masterclasses and interviews with master musicians from around the world.

Dance in Video Series

Dance in Video Series

Dance in Video Series is the definitive video collection for the study of 20th century concert dance. It features performances from the most influential dancers and companies together with dozens of documentaries, interviews, and dance instruction videos to aid in the teaching of this nuanced art form.

Individual DVDs and Streaming Videos

Alexander Street offers a variety of videos in the performing arts, theatre, and film in both DVD and streaming formats and is the exclusive source for streaming video from Filmakers Library. Many of the titles showcase racial and sexual minorities, those with disabilities, and diverse cultural approaches to the performing arts.

Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama, and Fiction

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Latino Literature features more than 200 novels, many hundreds of short stories, 20,000 pages of poetry, and more than 400 plays. The collection traces the medium from the works of Chicano writers in the Southwest during the early 19th century through to today, with select texts available in their original Spanish.

New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present

New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present

New World Cinema is an online streaming video collection that delivers hundreds of full-length feature films from leading independent distributor along with some 50 award-winning shorts. All films have been shown at major festivals and many are award winners and nominees, making this an ideal collection for the study of modern-day independent cinema.

North American Indian Drama

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North American Indian Drama brings together the full text of more than 250 plays American Indian and First Nation playwrights from the 20th century. Many of the plays are previously unpublished or hard to find, and together they provide a wealth of vivid dramatic material that is often overlooked or inaccessible.

North American Theatre Online

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North American Theatre Online is the largest, most comprehensive reference work in North American drama. It provides detailed bibliographic information on more than 30,000 plays and performances, including references to unpublished works, thousands of facts about theaters, authors, theatrical companies, and individuals, along with a large variety of supporting theatrical ephemera.

North American Women's Drama

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North American Women's Drama delivers 1,500 plays by women from the United States and Canada. It includes the complete works of leading playwrights along with those of lesser-known but important writers. Many of the plays are rare, hard to find, or out of print, and 30 percent have never before been published.

Opera in Video

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Opera in Video is a comprehensive collection of operatic performances covering the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. The collection contains 500 hours of video comprising nearly 300 operatic works.

Silent Film Online

Silent Film Online


Silent Film Onlinecontains hundreds of streaming titles that together represent the foundation of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Carefully curated by Alexander Street’s editors and video advisory board, the collection includes silent feature films, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s.

The Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection

Coming Soon

Widely considered the best of world cinema and comprising some of the most influential works of the last century, The Criterion Collection’s catalog features the definitive versions of seminal titles in the history of motion pictures. Beginning this spring, 300 of these titles will be available on the Alexander Street Press platform for streaming in HD.

Theatre in Video

Theatre in Video

Theatre in Video contains hundreds of videos, including documentaries and definitive performances of the world’s most important plays. From celebrated productions of Shakespeare to rare, in-depth footage of the work of Samuel Beckett, the collection covers a wide range of 20th century theatre history. Interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors, along with excerpts of live performances deliver an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at hundreds of productions.

Twentieth Century North American Drama

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Twentieth Century North American Drama brings together the complete works of more than 400 major North American playwrights. Alongside the works of the most successful mainstream writers of the century are the lesser-known but equally important works of African Americans, Asian Americans, gay and lesbian writers, and others. Hundreds of unpublished plays, production information, playbills, and theatre details round out the collection.