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The Prop Building Guidebook, 2nd Edition by Eric Hart

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eighteen formal training

 

 

Before formal schooling for theatre took off in the mid-twentieth century, property builders in all traditions and cultures either apprenticed to a master or followed in their parents' footsteps.

Today, learning to be a prop builder involves a mix of formal education, on-the-job training, and personal practice. Any of these can happen simultaneously: you might work professionally while attending college, and you can certainly work in summer theatres between semesters. If you are already working professionally, you can take night or weekend classes for various vocational and technical skills. Finally, you can always develop your skills through personal projects undertaken in your spare time.

A prop builder is both ...

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