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Regardless of your profession, whether you’re a Stage Manager or Stagehand, The Focal Press Toolkit Series has you covered. With all the insider secrets, paperwork, and day-to-day details that you could ever need for your chosen profession or specialty, these books provide you with a one-stop-shop to ensure a smooth production process.

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The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit

The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit

2nd Edition

Forthcoming

By Anne E. McMills
September 15, 2021

The ground-breaking text that took the lighting world by storm returns in its second edition, unlocking the insider secrets and proven, time-tested methods to succeed as a professional assistant lighting designer. This definitive guide outlines, step-by-step, the daily challenges that assistant ...

The Lighting Supervisor's Toolkit Collaboration, Interrogation, and Innovation toward Engineering Brilliant Lighting Designs

The Lighting Supervisor's Toolkit: Collaboration, Interrogation, and Innovation toward Engineering Brilliant Lighting Designs

1st Edition

By Jason E. Weber
December 30, 2020

The Lighting Supervisor’s Toolkit guides readers through the Lighting Supervisor’s production process with an emphasis on the importance of the collaborative nature of the role. Lifting the veil on a process regularly learned on the job, this book offers a deeper understanding of the role of ...

The Stage Manager's Toolkit Templates and Communication Techniques to Guide Your Theatre Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

The Stage Manager's Toolkit: Templates and Communication Techniques to Guide Your Theatre Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

3rd Edition

By Laurie Kincman
December 30, 2020

The Stage Manager’s Toolkit, Third Edition provides a comprehensive account of the role of the stage manager for live theatre with a focus on both written and verbal communication best practices. The book outlines the duties of the stage manager and assistant stage manager throughout a production...

The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit Supervising Theatre Costume Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit: Supervising Theatre Costume Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

1st Edition

By Rebecca Pride
July 27, 2018

The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit explores the responsibilities of a Costume Supervisor within a theatrical, opera or dance production company. Rebecca Pride provides an insight into all manner of processes, beginning with a definition of the role, and offers explanations of the timeline from the ...

The Properties Director's Toolkit Managing a Prop Shop for Theatre

The Properties Director's Toolkit: Managing a Prop Shop for Theatre

2nd Edition

By Sandra Strawn, Lisa Schlenker
March 26, 2018

This book explains and provides templates for organizing and managing a prop shop, from pre-production organization to production processes, budgeting, and collaborations with other production areas. It explores how to plan, organize, and maintain a prop shop for safe and efficient production work....

The Director's Toolkit

The Director's Toolkit

1st Edition

By Robin Schraft
January 22, 2018

The Director’s Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to the role of the theatrical director. Following the chronology of the directing process, the book discusses each stage in precise detail, considering the selection and analysis of the script, the audition process, casting, character development, ...

The Production Manager's Toolkit Successful Production Management in Theatre and Performing Arts

The Production Manager's Toolkit: Successful Production Management in Theatre and Performing Arts

1st Edition

By Cary Gillett, Jay Sheehan
August 18, 2016

"Our theater world is so much better with this book in it, and even better with Cary and Jay at the helm." –David Stewart, Director of Production for the Guthrie Theater The Production Manager’s Toolkit is a comprehensive introduction to a career in theatrical and special event production for new ...

The Technical Director's Toolkit Process, Forms, and Philosophies for Successful Technical Direction

The Technical Director's Toolkit: Process, Forms, and Philosophies for Successful Technical Direction

1st Edition

By Zachary Stribling, Richard Girtain
December 15, 2015

In the world of theatre, the technical director is responsible for overseeing the safe and efficient realization and implementation of scenery for the stage. The Technical Director’s Toolkit is the first book to address every nut and bolt of this multifaceted job. This book guides readers ...

The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit

The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit

1st Edition

By Anne E. McMills
June 02, 2014

What are the do’s and don’ts of being a good assistant lighting designer? What are focus tapes, and how do I use them? What is the best method for creating a magic sheet? What should be found in every assistant’s kit? How do I make that first important leap into this professional career?   Answer...

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