Grey House Performing Arts Directory Review

“This latest edition of The Grey House Performing Arts Directory is a reference guide to 9,453 performing arts organizations in America. Directory listings are arranged by five performance categories: Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Theatre, and Series & Festivals; within each of these categories the listings are subdivided by state and city. There are additional listings by Facilities (by state) and Information Resources, including Associations, Newsletters, Magazines and Journals, Trade Shows, Directories and Databases, and Industry Web Sites. Each entry includes name, address, phone, fax, email, website, officers, date founded, specialized field, budget status (e.g., professional, nonprofit), staff, mission, where group performs, and organization type. In entries for theaters, seating capacities are included. The resource includes indexes by Entry Name, Executive Name, Facilities, Specialized Field, Geographic location, and Information Resources. Through this very thorough resource, researchers can locate information ranging from listings of magazines and journals for the performing arts, to opera companies in California, Broadway theaters, and music festivals in Pennsylvania. Entries are found for larger, famous institutions such as the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic as well as local organizations such as the Choral Arts Society of New Jersey, the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis, and the Lucille Ball Little Theatre of Jamestown in New York. The Grey House Performing Arts Directory is highly recommended for public, academic, and special libraries. It not only serves as a reference to those locating information about specific organizations, but as a first stop for researchers in the arts needing to locate specific resources such as websites and journals. This should prove to be of great help to students and faculty of performing arts, performers, and those looking for career opportunities.”