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
- Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going
- It’s All About Collaboration
- Making It Visual
- Black and White Are Colors TOO!
- Creating the Stage Picture
- Safety First!
- Setting It All Up
- How to Get It Done
- Deck the Halls
- A Little Dab Will Do Ya
- Hanging by a Thread
- House to Half…
- Is This Thing On?
- All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go
- Put on a Happy Face
- Beyond Hand Puppets
- The Magic Behind the Curtain
- Warning, Standby, Go!
- Taking the Show on the Road
- What’s Next?
A Brief History and Introduction
Design for Theatre
Drawing, Rendering, and Drafting
Part II: Safety and Scenery
Scenic Tools and Materials
Scenery Standard Techniques and Practices
Part III: Rigging and Lighting
Part IV: Costume and Makeup
Hair and Make Up
Part V: Projections and Special Effects
Part VI: Stage Management and Careers
Appendix A: Glossary of Terms
Appendix B: Story Time - Theatre Traditions
Appendix C: Photo and Image Credits
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.