Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage”. Here in the Humanities Department, that stage is constructed on an extensive collection covering the entertainment industry: books, CDs, DVDs and videos from Hollywood to New York and across the globe. You will also find popular biographies of your favorite entertainers, comics, dancers, and musicians, as well as companion books to television shows, popular films, and music history. We are also proud of our theatre selection, which contains scripts of plays showcased here in Memphis and all over the world, books on the craft of theatre, as well as technical material about stage lighting, set decoration, costuming and make-up. We do not, however, keep the entertainment DVDs here. For classic films and the latest hits on DVD and videocassette, please visit the Popular Library.
The links below will connect you to many of Memphis’s playhouses and theaters. There are also links to major theatre and film resources, as well as abundant resources about Memphis’s great local theatre, film, and radio scene.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Official site for the Oscars.
Motion Picture Association of America - They not only provide the familiar ratings for the movies we see, they advocate for intellectual property rights, fair trade, and great film.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association - Official website of the Golden Globes.
American Film Institute - Dedicated to the preservation of the motion picture.
International Documentary Association - An international nonfiction filmmaker’s association dedicated to providing resources, information and support.
IndieWire - A news magazine devoted to independent film.
Slashfilm - Blogging the Reel World - an irreverent look at film and pop culture.
Film School Rejects - News, reviews, trailers and essays for the film obsessive.
Internet Movie Database - The best place to find movie facts anywhere. Plus a very active online community.
Rotten Tomatoes - Not sure if you should see that movie this weekend? Rotten Tomatoes gathers all the reviews for you, and even gives you a collective rating.
Golden Raspberry Award - Awards for the very worst in film. Who gets the Razzie this year?
Film Underground - The independent filmmaker’s technical information goldmine.
Internet Broadway Database - Official site for Broadway theater info.
Tony Awards - Official site of the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards
Playbill - The online home of the theatre magazine.
Theatrecrafts - An online glossary of technical theatre terminology.
USITT - United States Institute for Theatre Technology
Shakespeare Resource Center - A collection of links to help you interpret and enjoy Shakespeare even more.
LOCAL THEATRE AND DANCE
Orpheum Memphis - Memphis’s historic theatre. Check to see what’s playing this season
Playhouse on the Square - Memphis’s resident theatre house
Theatre Memphis - One of the oldest and most successful community theatres in the country.
TheatreWorks Memphis - Home of over a dozen resident theatre companies
Hattiloo Theatre - The home of black repertory theatre in Memphis
Opera Memphis - Memphis’s regional opera center
University of Memphis Department of Theatre - Live theater and dance at the U of M campus
Rhodes College McCoy Theatre - Theatre brought to you by Rhodes College
Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center - Housed at St. Mary’s Episcopal School. Offers a wide variety of shows for all ages
Germantown Performing Arts Center - Music, dance, and theatre
Germantown Community Theatre - Community theatre out east
Bartlett Community Theatre - Volunteer theater since 1982
Harrell Performing Arts Theatre - Collierville’s theatre
Tennessee Theatre Association - Supports theatre throughout Tennessee
Ballet Memphis - Memphis’s ballet company
WEVL:Memphis Volunteer Radio 89.9 FM
WUMR: University of Memphis 91.7 FM
Radio Locator - Searchable source for internet radio.
National Public Radio - Online site for NPR’s news, arts and lifestyle reporting.
FCC - Federal Communications Commission
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - You know them as the Emmys.
WYPL TV 18 - Memphis - The library’s in-house television station.
TV Guide - Find out what’s on.
Station Index: The Broadcasting Website - Memphis Station Guide
PBS - Public Broadcasting Service
Archive of American Television - The legends of television history discuss their work in hundreds of interviews.