Stagecraft Fundamentals Second Edition tackles every aspect of theatre production with Emmy Award-winning author Rita Kogler Carver's signature witty and engaging voice. The history of stagecraft, safety precautions, lighting, costumes, scenery, career planning tips, and more are discussed, illustrated by beautiful color examples that display step-by-step procedures and the finished product. This second edition offers even more in-demand information on stage management, drawing and drafting (both by hand and CAD), lighting fixtures, and special effects. Also new to this edition are current articles from Lighting and Sound America, brand new diagrams that illustrate hard-to-grasp concepts, and a plethora of information on European conversions, standards, and practices, making the skills you learn applicable to stage jobs on either side of the ocean!
The accompanying website, www.stagecraftfundamentals.com is bursting with additional material such as an instructor's manual, exercises and study questions that coincide with chapters from the book, CAD drawings, color theory, manufacturing information, and so much more to help you along the way as you learn all about the world of theatre production!
Praise for the Book:
Beautifully written! The author has succeeded in relaying technical theatre information without being too technical and putting the reader to sleep. I read three sentences and instantly knew this book was for me and the way I teach. When I think back on the insufferable intro to tech theatre books I had to read, I feel cheated I didn't have this one as a student. I will be using this text in my class! -- Rob Napoli, Designer and Technical Director at Penn State University, Berks Campus
This text has temped me to return to teaching with a textbook for the first time in seven years. The language is both accessible and informal yet the text goes a long way in debunking some of the typical jargon that may alienate students just getting into the field, or trying it out for the first time. The illustrations (the text is full of them) coupled with the stories reinforce the fundamental information being conveyed. -- John Paul Devlin, Associate Professor of Theatre at Saint Michael's College
What a great idea! Thank heavens someone is doing this for students at that impressionable age. That has been one of my mantras - education of teachers and students on the use of scenic materials. The teachers don't have enough time in college to learn and do everything they have to teach. Most get thrown into the theatre area by default and struggle with designing/building/painting the scenery. -- Jenny Knott, Rosco
Stagecraft Fundamentals is beautifully illustrated throughout, and the pofusion of color on every page gives this textbook the appearance of a coffee table book. The writing is clear and personal, which should be very appealing to students. Rita Carver covers all aspects of theatre production from scenery, to lighting, to an actor's makeup. Her close ties to the New York theatre scene gives this book a special insight into the professional world, one that goes well beyond what is found in most college textbooks. -- John Holloway, Professor in the Theatre Department at the University of Kentucky and President of the International Association of Theatrical stage Employees (IATSE) Local 346.
I can't thank you enough for Stagecraft Fundamentals. I have been teaching stagecraft since 1976 and you have saved me from the nightmare of writing a text to suit my class needs..After two semesters with your text, I have found that I had more time to develop the skills necessary within the classroom than before. The humor that you have infused in the book has enticed my students to read on. That alone makes this text invaluable.
--Meta Lasch, Assistant Professor, West Liberty University
Table of Contents
- Front Cover
- Praise for Stagecraft Fundamentals: A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production
- Half Title
- Title Page
- Concise Contents
PART ONE: HISTORY AND ART
- CHAPTER I Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going: A Brief History and Introduction
- CHAPTER II It’s All About Collaboration: Design for Theatre
- CHAPTER III Making It Visual: Composition
- CHAPTER IV Black and White Are Colors TOO!: Color Theory
- CHAPTER V Creating the Stage Picture: Drawing, Rendering, and Drafting
PART TWO: SAFETY AND SCENERY
- CHAPTER VI Safety First!: Safety
CHAPTER VII Setting It All Up: Scenic Tools and Materials
- CHAPTER VIII How to Get It Done: Scenery Standard Techniques and Practices
- CHAPTER IX A Little Dab Will Do Ya: Paint
- PART THREE: RIGGING AND LIGHTING
- PART FOUR: COSTUMES AND MAKEUP
PART FIVE: SOUND AND SPECIAL EFFECTS
- CHAPTER XIV Is This Thing On?: Sound
- CHAPTER XV The Magic Behind the Curtain: Special Effects
PART SIX: STAGE MANAGEMENT AND CAREERS
- CHAPTER XVI Warning, Standby, GO!: Stage Management
CHAPTER XVII What’s Next?: Career Choices
- Theatre Careers
- CHAPTER XVIII Still Confused?: Glossary and Lots More!
- Title: Stagecraft Fundamentals
- Release date: January 2009
- Publisher(s): Focal Press
- ISBN: 9781136084690