Drafting for the Theatre

Author: Dennis Dorn
Publisher: SIU Press
ISBN: 9780809387731
Release Date: 2012-02-23
Genre: Performing Arts

In this newly revised second edition, veteran stage designers and technical directors Dennis Dorn and Mark Shanda introduce industry-standard drafting and designing practices with step-by-step discussions, illustrations, worksheets, and problems to help students develop and refine drafting and other related skills needed for entertainment set production work. By incorporating the foundational principles of both hand- and computer-drafting approaches throughout the entire book, the authors illustrate how to create clear and detailed drawings that advance the production process. Early chapters focus on the basics of geometric constructions, orthographic techniques, soft-line sketching applications, lettering, and dimensioning. Later chapters discuss real-life applications of production drawing and ancillary skills such as time and material estimation and shop-drawing nomenclature. Two chapters detail a series of design and shop drawings required to mount a specific design project, providing a guided path through both phases of the design/construction process. Most chapters conclude with one or more worksheets or problems that provide readers with an opportunity to test their understanding of the material presented. The authors' discussion of universal CAD principles throughout the manuscript provides a valuable foundation that can be used in any computer-based design, regardless of the software. Dorn and Shanda treat the computer as another drawing tool, like the pencil or T-square, but one that can help a knowledgeable drafter potentially increase personal productivity and accuracy when compared to traditional hand-drafting techniques. Drafting for the Theatre, second edition assembles in one book all the principal types of drawings, techniques, and conventional wisdom necessary for the production of scenic drafting, design, and shop drawings. It is richly illustrated with numerous production examples and is fully indexed to assist students and technicians in finding important information. It is structured to support a college-level course in drafting, but will also serve as a handy reference for the working theatre professional.

Illustrated Theatre Production Guide

Author: John Ramsey Holloway
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781317975298
Release Date: 2014-06-20
Genre: Performing Arts

Illustrated Theatre Production Guide delivers a step-by-step approach to the most prevalent and established theatreproduction practices, focusing on essential issues related to the construction of wooden, fabric, plastic, and metal scenery used on the stage. A must-have resource for both the community theatre worker who must be a jack of all trades and the student who needs to learn the fundamentals on his or her own, it covers the necessities in great detail, without bogging you down. Offering techniques and best-practice methods from an experienced industry expert, it will allow you to create a foundation on which to build a successful and resourceful career behind the scenes in theatre production. This third edition has been completely restructured to more effectively lead you through the basics of stagecraft. Through detailed lessons and hundreds of drawings, author John Holloway offers you solutions to the problems that you’ll face every day in a production, from rigging to knot tying. New to this edition are guides to jobs in theatre, construction documentation, and video projection methods, with expanded information on Thrust Theatres, lighting, audio and video practices.

Technical Theater for Nontechnical People

Author: Drew Campbell
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781621535447
Release Date: 2016-11-22
Genre: Performing Arts

Technical Theater for Nontechnical People helps actors, directors, stage managers, producers, and event planners understand every aspect of technical theater—from scenery, lighting, and sound to props, costumes, and stage management. In this thoroughly revised new edition, the popular guide firmly embraces the digital age with new content about digital audio, intelligent lighting, LED lighting, video projection, and show control systems, all explained in the same approachable style that has kept this book in the pockets of industry professionals for many years. A brand-new chapter on sound design has also been added, and every chapter has been updated with more information about the basics of theater technology, including draperies, lighting instruments, microphones, costume sketches, and more. This book teaches: Who’s who on a theatrical production team What is needed to know about technical theater and why What to look for when choosing a space for a show How to communicate with lighting, scenery, audio, and costume designers How to stage manage an effective show or presentation Covering both traditional and digitally supported backstage environments, this book is an essential guide for working with every technical aspect of theater! Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

Introduction to Stage Lighting

Author: Charles I. Swift
Publisher: Meriwether Publishing
ISBN: 1566080983
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Performing Arts

An indispensable reference for drama teachers, directors, architects and design professionals. Twelve chapters in three sections: Part 1 -- Tools and Terminology: All of the basics -- the evolution of sources and controls. Part 2 -- Manipulating the Light: Developing the Lighting Key -- source levels and controls. Part 3 -- The Collaborative Process: An anecdotal approach to communicating intent using modern technology.

Stage Management

Author: Lawrence Stern
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781317300120
Release Date: 2016-10-04
Genre: Performing Arts

Stage Management offers readers a practical manual on how to stage manage in all theatre environments. Revered as the authoritative resource for stage management, this text is rich with practical resources, including checklists, diagrams, examples, forms and step-by-step directions. In addition to sharing his own expertise, Stern has gathered practical advice from working stage managers of Broadway, off-Broadway, touring companies, regional, community, and 99-seat Equity waiver theaters. In its 11th edition, the book is now fully in color and updated to include new information on Equity contracts, social media applications in stage management, and working with high school productions.

Tales of a Country Doctor

Author: Paul Carter
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781499000139
Release Date: 2014-04-21
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

One cold winter night, on my way to have dinner with friends, I got stuck in traffic. There had been an accident at the lights ahead. As I sat there in the dark and the wet, waiting for the mess to be cleared, I glanced across the road. There on a noticeboard outside a rundown weatherboard church was a message ‘Unless you change direction you will end up where you are going’. ‘It’s a sign,’ I said, ‘Ha ha!’ But I had already taken the message to heart. Paul Carter was a successful doctor with a thriving practice in Melbourne but his personal life had reached a crossroads and the buzz of the city had turned to a grey and grimy drudge. The answer to his problems he decided, was to move to the country to a house on a hill overlooking a lake. Tales of A Country Doctor are Paul’s stories of adjusting to life in a small town, and how he came to meet his best mate Hardy, the Munsterlander. Compelling, delightful and surprising, these charming stories of life, loss and healing in a country town will transport you and renew your faith in humanity.

The Health Safety Guide for Film TV Theater Second Edition

Author: Monona Rossol
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781621533733
Release Date: 2011-08-30
Genre: Performing Arts

This second edition has been expanded and updated to address new hazards, unique health and safety problems, and particular regulations that threaten anyone working in the entertainment industries today. Artists’ advocate Monona Rossol exposes the hazards of theatrical paints, theatrical makeup, pigments, dyes, plastics, solvents, woodworking, welding, asbestos, fog, and offers practical solutions to these dangers. No one working in the performing arts can afford to skip this handbook packed with life-or-death health and safety information.

Stage Lighting Design

Author: Richard Pilbrow
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
ISBN: 1854599968
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Performing Arts

With over four hundred illustrations and nearly sixty colour photographs, as well as interviews with many well-known professionals, Stage Lighting Design is a comprehensive, insightful and inspiring book that every designer and would-be designer should own.It is arranged in four sections:Design: the basic principles, illustrated with reference to specific productionsHistory: a brief survey of the historical development of stage lightingThe Life: interviews with 14 other lighting designers, plus notes on Pilbrow's own careerMechanics: a comprehensive section dealing with all the technical data today's designer will need.

The stage management handbook

Author: Daniel A. Ionazzi
Publisher: Betterway Books
ISBN: UCSC:32106016809813
Release Date: 1992-04-15
Genre: Performing Arts

Offers advice, for both professional and amateur stage managers, on putting on a show, discussing its three phases, and includes information on the organizational structure of theaters and how to manage human behavior

Backstage Forms

Author: Paul Carter
Publisher: Datarule Publishing Company
ISBN: 0911747184
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Stage management


The Back Stage Guide to Stage Management

Author: Thomas A. Kelly
Publisher: Back Stage Books
ISBN: 9780823098026
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Performing Arts

From preproduction planning and first rehearsals to opening night and final strike, every aspect of the stage manager's job is looked at here in a friendly, engaging style.