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1st Edition

Theatrical Design
An Introduction

ISBN 9781138838826
Published November 7, 2016 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

Theatrical Design: An Introduction is about how to find the design idea for a production and what to do with that idea once identified.

This book emphasizes script analysis and interpretation specifically for designers: how to release meaning and design inspiration from lines and characterization in a script. It then explains the artistic elements and principles of design—the skills necessary to create the design visualized. Concepts are illustrated with examples from theatre, film, art, architecture, and fashion that explore professional and historic use of conceptualization and metaphor. Theatrical Design: An Introduction imparts the tools designers need to innovate off the page.

This book is a textbook suitable for Theatrical Design university courses.

Table of Contents



About the Author


1. Introduction

2. What's a Metaphor?

3. Analysis

4. Communication

5. Research

6. Choice

7. Conceptualization

8. Elements of Design

9. Principles of Design

10. Collaboration

11. Evaluation

12. The Business of Show


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Kevin Lee Allen is an award winning scenic and lighting designer. Trained in theatrical design and technical production, the diversity of his experience includes a wide range of two and three dimensional design for projects that include themed architecture, corporate experiences, museum exhibits, special events, live theatre, television, and film.