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Fundamentals of Theatrical Design: A Guide to the Basics of Scenic, Costume, and Lightning Designby Karen Brewster
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Veteran theater designers Karen Brewster and Melissa Shafer have consulted with a broad range of seasoned theater industry professionals to provide an exhaustive guide full of sound advice and insight. With clear examples and hands-on exercises, Fundamentals of Theatrical Design illustrates the way in which the three major areas of theatrical design—scenery, costumes, and lighting—are intrinsically linked. Attractively priced for use as a classroom text, this is a comprehensive resource for all levels of designers and directors.
Book News Annotation:
Written for designers, directors, and students, this guide focuses on the design of theatrical scenery, costumes, and lighting. Part 1 explores the preliminary design process, with material on script analysis, researching the design in libraries and online, using visual sources, and collaboration. Part 2 outlines the design elements, principles, and visual composition components of theatrical design, and part 3 covers the artistic and practical processes of theatrical design, with separate chapters devoted to scenic design, costume design, and lighting design. A final chapter gives advice on building a career in theater design, with tips on resumes, cover letters, the portfolio, and job interviews. Appendices offer lighting and scenery diagrams, definitions of theatrical genres, a review of theatrical styles, glossaries of color theory and general theater terms, a sample resume and cover letter, and step-by-step checklists. The text is illustrated with b&w photos and illustrations, plus a few color photos. Brewster and Shafer are affiliated with the theater department at East Tennessee State University. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A step-by-step exploration of everything aspiring and practicing designers and directors need to know about the theatrical design process.
About the Author
Karen Brewster is an associate professor of theater at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). She lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.Melissa Shafer is a scenic and lighting designer and technical director at East Tennessee State University. She lives in Johnson City, Tennessee.
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