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3rd Edition

Stagecraft Fundamentals
A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production

ISBN 9780415791045
Published October 10, 2018 by Routledge
566 Pages 523 Color Illustrations

USD $62.95

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Book Description

Stagecraft Fundamentals tackles every aspect of basic theatre production with Rita Kogler Carver’s signature wit and engaging voice. The history of stagecraft, safety precautions, lighting, costumes, scenery, career planning tips, and more are discussed, illustrated by beautiful color examples that both display step-by-step procedures and break with the traditionally boring black and white introductory theatre book. This third edition improves upon the last, featuring three new chapters on design for props, projection, and touring. Also included are new end-of-chapter questions and an expanded discussion on LED lighting, stage automation, digital technology, stage management, makeup, theatre management, and sound design.  This is the must have introductory theatre production book.

Table of Contents

Part I: History and Art

  1. Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
  2. A Brief History and Introduction

  3. It’s All About Collaboration
  4. Design for Theatre

  5. Making It Visual
  6. Composition

  7. Black and White Are Colors TOO!
  8. Color Theory

  9. Creating the Stage Picture
  10. Drawing, Rendering, and Drafting

    Part II: Safety and Scenery

  11. Safety First!
  12. Safety

  13. Setting It All Up
  14. Scenic Tools and Materials

  15. How to Get It Done
  16. Scenery Standard Techniques and Practices

  17. Deck the Halls
  18. Props

  19. A Little Dab Will Do Ya
  20. Paint

    Part III: Rigging and Lighting

  21. Hanging by a Thread
  22. Rigging

  23. House to Half…
  24. Lighting

  25. Is This Thing On?
  26. Sound

    Part IV: Costume and Makeup

  27. All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go
  28. Costumes

  29. Put on a Happy Face
  30. Hair and Make Up

    Part V: Projections and Special Effects

  31. Beyond Hand Puppets
  32. Projections

  33. The Magic Behind the Curtain
  34. Special Effects

    Part VI: Stage Management and Careers

  35. Warning, Standby, Go!
  36. Stage Management

  37. Taking the Show on the Road
  38. Touring

  39. What’s Next?

Career Choices


Appendix A: Glossary of Terms

Appendix B: Story Time - Theatre Traditions

Appendix C: Photo and Image Credits

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Rita Kogler Carver holds an MFA in Lighting Design from New York University, and a BA in Design from Cedar Crest College. Ms. Carver is affiliated with IATSE Local 829 and NABET Local 16. She is a sought-after speaker, lecturer, and writer. Ms. Carver was awarded an Emmy Award for her Lighting Design work on the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was nominated for a Daytime EMMY for her work as Lighting Director on the "Montel Williams Show."

Ms. Carver has worked professionally as a theatrical designer for over 25 years. Her work experience as a Lighting Designer includes Broadway, Regional Theatre, Dance, and Opera—both American and European. Broadway Productions include "An American Daughter," "Once Upon a Mattress," "A Delicate Balance," "The Sisters Rosensweig," and "Guys and Dolls." She has been attached to the original production team for the musical "Ain’t Misbehavin’" since 1998.