1st Edition

The Craft and Art of Scenic Design
Strategies, Concepts, and Resources

ISBN 9781138937642
Published January 17, 2017 by Routledge
300 Pages

USD $68.95

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Book Description

The Craft and Art of Scenic Design: Strategies, Concepts, and Resources explores how to design stage scenery from a practical and conceptual perspective.

Discussion of conceptualizing the design through script analysis and research is followed by a comprehensive overview of execution: collaboration with directors and other designers, working with spaces, developing an effective design process, and the aesthetics of stage design. This book features case studies, key words, tip boxes, definitions, and chapter exercises. Additionally, it provides advice on portfolio and career development, contracts, and working with a union.

This book was written for university-level Scenic Design courses.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Nature of the Craft

Chapter 2: Scenic Design in the Past & Today

Chapter 3: Working with Directors

Chapter 4: Working with Text

Chapter 5: Research, Period and Visual History

Chapter 6: The Designable Idea

Chapter 7: Space

Chapter 8: Design and Redesign

Chapter 9: The Art(work) of Communication

Chapter 10: Considerations for Single and Unit Set Productions

Chapter 11: Considerations for Productions with Moving Scenery

Chapter 12: On to the Stage

Chapter 13: Realities of the Profession

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Robert Klingelhoefer is Associate Professor of Scenic Design and Director of the Design and Technology Program in the School of Theatre and Dance at West Virginia University. Mr. Klingelhoefer has previously been Resident Designer for the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia; and the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre and Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, both in New York City. His work has been seen nationwide for companies including the Walnut Street Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, the Asolo Theatre, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, and the New York State Theatre Institute among many others. Internationally he has had productions performed at the International Festival of Experimental Theatre in Cairo, Egypt, and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, since 1983.