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Stage Craft

Theatre CraftTheatre Craft
John Caird
An all-encompassing practical guide for anyone working in the theatre, from the enthusiastic amateur to the committed professional. With over four hundred alphabetical entries and extensive cross-referencing, Theatre Craft offers advice on all areas of directing from Acting, Adaptation and Agents to Sound Effects, Superstitions, Trap Doors and Wardrobe. Softcover, 797 pp. $45.00.

A Practical Guide to Working in TheatreA Practical Guide to Working in Theatre

Gill Foreman
This guide is perfect for anyone considering working in the theatre industry -- whether it's on stage, behind the scenes, or in the venue itself. Providing invaluable insight into the profession, it covers the scope, skills and entry routes for everyone involved: director, designer, sound and lighting, front of the house, playwright and many more. Softcover, 150 pp. $26.00.

Stagecraft FundamentalsStagecraft Fundamentals

Rita Kogler
This is the only book that tackles every aspect of theatre production. The history of stagecraft, safety precautions, lighting, costumes, scenery, career planning tips, and more are discussed with modern, colour examples that display both step-by-step procedures and the finished product. Filled with illustrations, instructions, advice, and hard technical data, this in an indispensable resource for beginning and experienced designers alike. Softcover, 481 pp. $63.95.

A Practical Guide to Working in TheatreA Practical Guide to Working in Theatre

Gill Foreman
This guide is for anyone considering working in the theatre industry - whether it's onstage, behind the scenes, or in the venue itself. Providing invaluable insight into the profession, it covers the scope, skills and entry routes for everyone involved: director, designer, sound and lighting, front of house, playwright and many more. Softcover, 150 pp. $21.95.

Stage Lighting RevealedStage Lighting Revealed

Glen Cunningham
This reader-friendly introduction to stage lighting and design is ideal for getting prospective lighting designers started on their own journey. Readers are encouraged to experiment and tap their creativity by selecting from the processes and techniques detailed throughout the book. Many diagrams, charts, and photographs complement and enhance the concepts presented in the text. Softcover, $29.95.

The Prop MasterThe Prop Master

Amy Mussman
Finally, a book devoted to the art and craft of the prop master. Whether you are a professional, volunteer, or student prop master, this book will take you through the necessary steps of thought and action needed to be a top-notch properties master in the theatrical world. Softcover, 185 pp. $24.95.

The Performing SetThe 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. Softcover, 238 pp. $53.95.

Costumes, Accessories, Props, and Stage Illusions Made EasyCostumes, Accessories, Props, and Stage Illusions Made Easy
Barb Rogers
Featuring over 100 designs with photos and diagrams this guide to costume design will teach the reader how to make jackets, pants, hats, headpieces, masks, collars, cuffs, capes, wings, armor, and much more. Softcover, 205 pp. $26.95.

Backstage Handbook3Backstage Handbook
Paul Carter
Clearly presented and exhaustively detailed, the Backstage Handbook is the most complete volume of technical facts and figures for the backstage crew of any live performance. Filled with illustrations, conversion tables, glossaries, formulas, and so much more, this veritable encyclopedia will quickly become the most important book in every theatre technician's library. Softcover, 309 pp. $26.95.

BrunelleschiBrunelleschi: Studies of his Technology and Inventions
Frank D. Prager & Gustina Scaglia
Production designers for stage and screen will benefit greatly from this detailed examination of the work of Italian Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi. Complemented by 28 photographs and 18 line drawings, this comprehensive narrative describes Brunelleschi's many remarkable achievements, including masonry techniques, construction concepts, machines he devised and built, and other inventions. Softcover, 152 pp. $21.95.

Pictorial Encyclopedia of Historical OrnamentPictorial Encyclopedia of Historical Ornament
H. Dolmetsch
This phenomenal catalogue of historic ornament and design is a veritable treasure chest of permission-free images. Theatrical designers will find inspiration on every page, with images of ornaments from antiquity through the nineteenth century. Softcover, 108 pp. $41.95.

Making Stage PropsMaking Stage Props: A Practical Guide
Andy Wilson
Making Stage Props
is a book for anyone involved in prop making who wishes to explore the wealth of materials and techniques open to them. Supported by over 200 photos and drawings, the book covers both age-old traditional techniques as well as the most recent methods. A wonderful introduction for amateurs, and an indispensible reference for professionals. Softcover, 192 pp. $39.95.

The V&A Guide to Period StylesThe V&A Guide to Period Styles: 400 Years of British Art and Design By Anna Jackson
This book explores styles of British decorative art from the time of Henry VIII to the death of Queen Victoria. Nearly twenty styles are featured, ranging from the Renaissance to the Arts and Crafts Movement in the late nineteenth century. Hardcover, $60.00.

New Theatre WordsNew Theatre Words: World Edition
Olle Soderberg
New Theatre Words
is an illustrated international vocabulary with words systematically classified by reference number in hierarchic fashion. Focusing on English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Russian, the World Edition is a must for travelling theatre industry professionals. Softcover, 213 pp. $36.00.

The Beauty of Life: William MorrisThe Beauty of Life: William Morris & the Art of Design
Edited by Diane Waggoner
Poet, embroiderer, pattern designer, calligrapher, dyer, weaver, translator, architectural preservationist, socialist, book publisher and printer, William Morris' influence on the decorative arts has been wide and long-lasting, on both sides of the Atlantic. This book provides the reader with four essays and four shorter pieces focusing on Morris as designer as well as providing information on Morris & Company, his 'small and imperfect' company, which would inspire generations of designers. Softcover, 176 pp. $38.00.

Scenic Art For The Theatre
Susan Crabtree and Peter Beudert.
A visual and written guide to the tools and techniques used in modern scene painting. Written in easy-to-understand language, the tools and techniques section, complete with hints and how-to's, make this book a handy reference for anyone studying or working in this field. Softcover, 300 pp. $65.95.

Illustrated Theatre Production GuideIllustrated Theatre Production Guide
by John Holloway
This dictionary of parts and processes is designed for use in the shop or classroom. The large format makes it easy to handle, the large text makes it easy to read - even through safety goggles, and the hundreds of black and white illustrations make it extremely easy to follow. A great addition to any technical director, crew member or student's library. Large-format Softcover, $57.95.

Technical Design Solutions For TheatreTechnical Design Solutions For Theatre
Bronislaw J. Sammer and Don Harvey
Working in technical theatre means facing a variety of building challenges. This book addresses nearly every challenge possible: from low-cost stained glass, to ornate chandeliers, to installing working faucets for a kitchen-sink drama. Each task is accompanied by clear, detailed, black and white diagrams and photographs. An invaluable resource for a theatre shop or technical library. Large-format softcover, $65.95.

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Designer Drafting for the Entertainment WorldDesigner Drafting for the Entertainment World
Patricia Woodbridge
Designer Drafting for the Entertainment World provides essential information for designers, covering traditional hand drafting techniques as well as computer-based drawing programs. This new text begins with the basic tools and comprehensive coverage of the principles of scenic drafting and goes on to cover professional applications for the stage, motion pictures, television, trade shows, and amusement park scenery. It also includes a chapter on virtual scenery and lighting. $82.95.

Concert Sound and LightingConcert Sound and Lighting Systems
Third Edition
John Vasey
Concert Sound and Lighting Systems provides comprehensive coverage of equipment and setup procedures for touring concert systems. The new edition will cover the new equipment now available and discuss other venues where the skills and technology are being used. $41.95.

Structural Design for the StageStructural Design for the Stage
Alys Holden
Ben Sammler
This book provides the theatre technician with a foundation in structural design allowing an intuitive understanding of why sets "stand up". It introduces the basics of statics and the study of the strength of materials as they apply to typical scenery, with a minimum of theory and many examples. The material is presented such that only a basic knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry is required. This useful text is also invaluable to professionals as a permanent handbook complete with carefully selected reference tables, which are applicable to most theatrical situations. $90.95.

Control Systems for Live EntertainmentControl Systems for Live Entertainment
Second Edition
John Huntington
Control Systems for Live Entertainment provides essential information for anyone interested in how control systems and computers are used in the live entertainment arena. The first book on the subject, John Huntington has completey updated and revised this work to reflect new technologies in the field. Covering control for lighting, lasers, sound, video, film projection, stage machinery, animatronics, special effects and pyrotechnics for theatre, concerts, theme parks, themed-retail, cruise ships, museums, corporate and other events, the Second Edition includes:

-- Sections on all major entertainment control standards, methods and protocols, including DMX512, MIDI, MIDI Show Control, Sony 9-Pin, SMPTE Time Code and many others.
-- Basics of control systems and data communications, including EIA serial standards.
-- Information on networks for entertainment applications, including Ethernet.
-- System design concepts and case studies featuring realistic problems and practical solutions.
-- A unique combined focus on computers, art and practice.

Drawing on his extensive experience in the field and classroom, author John Huntington clearly explains everything that goes on behind the scenes and inside the machines to bring bold visions to life in real-world settings. $90.95.

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