World Scenography: 1975 -1990
McKinnon & Fielding
This is the first volume in a new series of books looking at significant stage design throughout the world since 1975. The object is to present designs that made a difference, designs that mattered, designs of influence. The current editors plan to do two more volumes documenting 1990-2005 and 2005-2015. they then hope that others will pick up the torch and prepare subsequent volumes each decade thereafter. Hardcover, 430 pp. $86.00.
Autocad for the Theatre
This fully illustrated book is organized around a practical step-by-step project: the technical drawings for the set of a play titled "A Matter of Murder and Peerage in the Scottish Manor." By using Autocad to develop this project, you will learn computer-based techniques for 2D drafting as well as 3D modelling. By the end, you will have aquired skills suitable for a professional portfolio. Softcover, 350 pp. $54.95.
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
Karen Brewster & Melissa Shafer
With clear and concise examples and hands-on exercises, this book illustrates the way in which the three major areas of theatrical design - scenery, costumes, and lighting are intrinsically linked. From beginning designers just starting out to experienced directors looking to gain exposure and advance their careers, anyone wiht an interest in theatrical design is sure to appreciate this book's unique approach. Softcover, 290 pp. $32.95.
Drama and Desire: Art and Theatre from the French Revolution to the First World War
Guy Cogeval & Beatrice Avanzi
Not only did such masters as Jacques-Louis David, Paul Delaroche, Eugene Delacroix, and Gustav Courbet design costumes and sets for the theatre, working alongside playwrights and directors, but they also began to infuse their paintings with the artifice of the world of theatre. Published to coincide with the AGO exhibition of the same name, Drama and Desire investigates the symbiotic exchange between the imagery of the stage and that of painting. Hardcover, 407 pp. $93.00.
Making the Scene: A History of Stage Design and Technology in Europe and the USA
Oscar G. Brockett, Margaret Mitchell & Linda Hardberger
Making the Scene offers an unprecedented survey of the evolving context, theory, and practice of scene design from ancient Greek times to the present, coauthored by the world's best-known authority on the subject and enhanced by three hundred full-colour illustrations. A stunning combination of compelling scholarship and exhaustive visual documentation. Hardcover, 365 pp. $106.95.
The Cambridge Introduction to Scenography
Joslin McKinney & Philip Butterworth
Scenography -- the manipulation and orchestration of the performance environment -- is an increasingly popular and key area in performance studies. This book introduces the reader to the purpose, identity and scope of scenography and its theories and concepts. Settings and structures, light, projected images, sound, costumes and props are considered in relation to performing bodies, text, space and the role of the audience. Softcover, 237 pp. $30.95.
Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik: Scene Design and the American Theatre
This illuminating account explores the life and work of the pioneering scene designer whose career spanned decades in American theatre. Anne Fletcher's book draws intriguing parallels and contrasts between Gorelik's productions and the theatrical movements of the twentieth century, exposing the indelible mark he left on the theatre world. Softcover, 258 p. $52.50.
Risking the Void: The Scenography of Cameron Porteous
Sean Breaugh & Patricia Flood
Not simply a scenographer, Cameron Porteous is a first-rate visual artist. With an aesthetic steeped in the codes of modernism -- less is more, form follows function, and God is in the details -- he has created a world-class body of work for the Canadian stage. This splendid volume brings together a remarkable array of visual material -- photographs, sketches, painting, and models -- to pay tribute to his stunning artistry. Softcover, 92 pp. $29.95.
Design and Scenography
This anthology explores the crucial collaboration that happens between directors and designers in the theatre. By focusing on a variety of artists and creative approaches, these essays seek to demystify the process of visualizing a script for the stage. Special consideration is given to the decidedly Canadian preoccupation with cultural and regional diversity that is so central to Canadian national identity. Softcover, 162 pp. $30.00.
Julie Taymor: Playing With Fire
Eileen Blumenthal & Julie Taymor
Julie Taymor is one of the most imaginative and provocative directors and designers working in the performing arts. Throughout her award-winning body of work she has created some of the most arresting images ever seen on the stage and screen. What better way to pay tribute to her career than with this highly visual biography, illustrated, cover-to-cover, with eye-popping images. This new edition of this classic volume has been updated to include all new sections on her Oscar-winning film Frida, the movie-musical Across the Universe, and the opera Grendel. Hardcover, 274 pp. Special price $34.95.
Ralph Koltai: Designer for the Stage
Ralph Koltai is renowned as a designer internationally. He has created over 200 productions, vividly demonstrating his unique ability to respond to the demands of the individual commisssion while maintaining a clear and individual personal voice. This book contains a wide array of concept sketches, and photographs of some of Koltai's most striking work from the past half-century. Softcover, 136 pp. $65.95.
The Wooster Group Work Book
This is an extraordinary book which chronicles the working practices of one of the world's leading performance companies. Rehearsal methods, source materials, as well as the creative thinking and reflections of director Elizabeth LeCompte and her main artistic collaborators are included as the book focuses on five performance pieces which are considered classics of the contemporary stage. Combining journal extracts, actors' notes, stage designs, stage managers' logs with stunning photos, this is an indispensable resource for students and anyone interested in contemporary performance. Large format, softcover. $39.50.
Mechanical Design for the Stage
Mechanical Design for the Stage is a reference book that provides the basic engineering formulas needed to predicts the force, torque, speed, and power required by a given move; gives you a design process to follow which will direct your work from general concepts to specific detail as a design evolves. The book's emphasis is on following standard engineering design and construction practices, and developing machines that are functional, efficient, easily maintained, and safe to use. Softcover, 426 pp. $55.95.
Drawing & Rendering for Theatre
As a theatrical designer, it is vital for you to be able to develop your drawing skills to create renderings that can effectively communicate your visual idea. Drawing & Rendering for Theatre starts with the fundamentals of drawing, moves to the types of media used, and finishes with specific excercises in each section that will make you more proficient. By the end of this book, you will be versatile enough to be able to create renderings in all areas of theatrical design! Softcover, 271 pp. $58.95.
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov: Installation & Theater
The nine projects presented in this book demonstrate the wide spectrum of Russian conceptualist artist Ilya Kabakov's theater world. As is usual with Kabakov, each project is preceded by a textual concept. Sketches, drawings, watercolors, plans and models display the creative process, while photographs document the stage installations that have taken place. Hardcover, 213 pp. $84.00.
Design and Lighting Techniques
A Basic Guide for Theatre
Chuck Gloman & Rob Napoli
Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques: A Basic Guide for Theatre will show you
how to transform a dark, bare stage into an effective, theatrical setting for
your production--even if you have never done it before! Written by two seasoned
professionals with over twenty years of experience, this book uses clear direction
and a humorous style to take you through all of the steps safely, accurately,
and effectively. Softcover, 398 pp. $48.95.
Performing Set: The Broadway Designs of William and Jean Eckart
Andrew B. Harris
The large-scale Broadway musical is one of America's great contributions to the
world of theatre. Bill and Jean Eckhart were stage designers and producers at
the peak of the musical, and their designs revolutionized Broadway productions.
This lavishly illustrated book, with more than 500 full-colour illustrations
is a fitting tribute to both the great American theatre and the couple who helped
make it great. Hardcover, 238 pp. $53.95.
Sculpting Space in the Theater
Sculpting Space in the Theater reveals the philosophy and process
of the most influential set, costume and lighting designers working in theater
today. The designers profiled in this book, all of whom have established a visible
signature and particular design process, have had a remarkable impact in the
field of theatre design worldwide. Interviews, illustrated with photographs and
working sketches, reveal the vision behind designs, and personal anecdotes reveal
lessons learned, providing a practical insight into how designers approach their
work, and achieve the effects they want. Softcover, 176 pp. $41.95.
Miguel Morley & Carmen Pardo
Trained in architecture and painting, but ultimately finding success as a stage
director and designer, Robert Wilson is one of the twentieth century's most outstanding
theatre innovators. This abundantly illustrated and luxuriously bound book is
both a biographical summation of his career thus far, as well a scholarly analysis
of his position in the history of experimental theatre. Hardcover, 239 pp. $72.00.
The Performing Set: The Broadway Designs of William and Jean Eckart
Andrew B. Harris
The large-scale Broadway musical is one of America's great contributions
to the world of theatre. Bill and Jean Eckhart were stage designers
and producers at the peak of the musical, and their designs revolutionized
Broadway productions. This lavishly illustrated book, with more than
full-colour illustrations is a fitting tribute to both the great
American theatre and the couple who helped make it great.
Softcover, 238 pp. $53.95.
On Broadway! Theatre Posters
The Library of Congress
On Broadway! celebrates the larger-than-life, distinctly American musical,
a hybrid that is part high art and part circus, with reproductions
of thirty concisely synopsized posters from the archives of the Library
of Congress. Greeting/Postcards, $13.95.
Innes tells the engrossing story of Urban & Bel Geddes, showing how these
two men with a background in theatre lent dramatic flair to everything they designed
and how this theatricality gave the distinctive modernity they created such wide
appeal. If the American lifestyle has been much imitated around the world over
the past fifty years,says Innes, it is due in large measure to the designs of
Urban and Bel Geddes. Together they were responsible for creating what has been
called the "Golden Age" of American culture. llustrated with more
than 130 photographs, this book tells the engrossing story of these seminal figures
in twentieth century American culture. Hardcover, 336 pp. $49.95.
The Papered Wall: The History, Patterns and Techniques of Wallpaper
This unique book is the only international history of wallpaper. Written
by experts from five countries, The Papered Wall begins with the
individually printed sheets that formed the first wallpapers in the
15th century, and
ends with a discussion of today's most sophisticated digital and
laser printed designs. This second edition has been brought completely
with a new and fully illustrated chapter on recent trends and a thorough
reworking of its invaluable reference section, including suppliers
of historic patterns and collections open to the public. Softcover,
272 pp. $53.00.
Theatrical Design and Production
J. Michael Gillette
This is a comprehensive, informative, and practical survey of the technical
and design aspects of theatre production. Design is presented as both
an art closely integrated with the director's, actor's, and playwright's
and a craft that provides practical solutions for the manipulation of
stage space. This newly revised edition features updated chapters on
costume design and costume construction. Hardcover, 625 pp. $104.95.
Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers
Based on the premise that plays should be objects of study in and of themselves,
this book teaches an established system of classifications that examines the
written part of a play. Students will immediately be able to incorporate the
concepts and procedures they learn into their practical creative work. Actors,
directors, and designers will benefit from clear and comprehensive examples,
end-of-chapter questions, and summaries meant to stimulate their creative process
as they engage in production work. Softcover, 336 pp. $46.50.
Computer Visualization for the Theatre: 3D Modelling for Designers
Gavin Carver and Christine White
Covering the main aspects of computer visualization and set design, this book
provides techniques for 3D modelling alongside creative ideas and concepts for
working in 3D space. Up-to-date information, practical exercises and inspirational
advice are all integrated in this comprehensive book, making it a vital read
for amateurs, and a handy reference for professionals. Softcover, 227 pp. $56.95.
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