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So You Want To Be A Theatre Designer?

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by Michael Pavelka
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So You Want To Be A Theatre Designer? by Michael Pavelka

The definitive guide to designing for theatre – by an award-winning designer with over 160 productions to his name. With a Foreword by Alison Chitty.

A theatre designer needs to be able to draw on a wide spectrum of skills, work collaboratively with all the different members of the production team, and deliver designs that work in the testing conditions of performance.

This book guides you through everything you need in order to become – and ultimately to succeed as – a theatre designer, including:

The various aspects of design – set and props, costume, masks, make-upThe applications of design – opera, dance, site-specific, lighting, video and moreThe skills you require, and the training availableThe journey of a design from page to stage, from your first reading of the script, through research, first sketches, storyboards, technical and costume drawings, and on to the modelThe people you will collaborate with – directors, producers, actors, writers and more – and how to work effectively with each of them

Finally, there are sections on landing your first production and furthering your career. Also included is a production timeline to guide you through the mechanics of contracts, copyright, costings, and what you need to have ready at each stage of the process. It is illustrated throughout with designs, by the author and other leading designers.

Written by an experienced practitioner and teacher, this book will be an essential guide for any aspiring or emerging theatre designer, as well as anyone seeking a greater understanding of how designers work.

'A comprehensive introduction and guide to the world of the professional theatre designer, a key book for anyone contemplating entering the profession' Alison Chitty, from her Foreword

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Ebook Details
Pages: 300
Size: 3.8 MB
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781780015613 (DRM-EPUB)

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