2nd Edition

The Art of Theatrical Design Elements of Visual Composition, Methods, and Practice

By Kaoiṁe E. Malloy Copyright 2022
    462 Pages 401 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    462 Pages 401 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Art of Theatrical Design: Elements of Visual Composition, Methods, and Practice, Second Edition, contains an in-depth discussion of design elements and principles for costume, set, lighting, sound, projection, properties, and makeup designs.

    This textbook details the skills necessary to create effective, evocative, and engaging theatrical designs that support a play contextually, thematically, and visually. It covers key concepts such as content, context, genre, style, play structure, and format and the demands and limitations of various theatrical spaces. The book also discusses essential principles, including collaboration, inspiration, conceptualization, script analysis, conducting effective research, building a visual library, developing an individual design process, and the role of the critique in collaboration. This second edition includes

    • A new chapter on properties management and design.
    • A new chapter on makeup design.
    • A new chapter on digital rendering, with evaluations of multiple programs, overviews of file types and uses, and basic tutorials in Adobe® Photoshop® and Procreate.
    • An expanded and revised chapter on traditional rendering, with the inclusion of new media, including watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, and updated exercises and tutorials.
    • Revised and expanded chapters on individual design areas, including additional practices for conceptualization and collaboration, with new exercises for skill development.
    • Additional exercises in all elements and principles of design chapters for investigation of each design principle and skill development.
    • Revised and updated content throughout the text, reflecting current pedagogy and practices.

    This book gives students in theatrical design, introduction to design, and stagecraft courses the grounding in core design principles they need to approach design challenges and make design decisions in both assigned class projects and realized productions.

    The Art of Theatrical Design provides access to additional online resources, including step-by-step video tutorials of the exercises featured in the book.

    Part 1: Beginnings, 1. What is Theatrical Design?, 2. Form, Content, and Context, 3. Genre, 4. Style, 5. Dramatic Structure, Part 2: Elements of Design, 6. Line, 7. Shape, Form, Mass, Volume, and Space, 8. Value, 9. Color, 10. Texture, 11. Creating the Illusion of Depth on a Flat Surface, Part 3: Principles of Design, 12. Unity and Variety, 13. Balance, 14. Repetition, Rhythm, and Pattern, 15. Scale and Proportion, 16. Emphasis and Subordination, Part 4: Core Principles for the Theatrical Designer, 17. Collaboration, 18. Analysis, 19. Conceptualization, 20. The Design Process, 21. The Role of Critique, 22. Drawing as Our Common Language, 23. Rendering, 24. Digital Rendering, Part 5: Individual Design Areas, 25. Costume Design, 26. Makeup Design, 27. Scene Design, 28. Properties Direction and Design, 29. Lighting Design, 30. Sound Design, 31. Digital Media and Projection Design


    Kaoiṁe E. Malloy is Professor of Costume Design for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Department of Theatre and Dance, where she teaches Costume Design, Stage Makeup, Costume Technology, Introduction to Theatre Design, Understanding the Arts, Fashion History, Costume Crafts, and special topics in design and technology. A member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and IATSE, she freelances as a theatre designer, makeup artist, and technician throughout the United States.