Stagecraft Fundamentals A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production

ISBN-10: 0240820517

ISBN-13: 9780240820514

Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)

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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 CampusThis 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 CollegeWhat 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, RoscoStagecraft 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 UniversityWritten by an Emmy Award-winning designerBeautifully illustrated with full color images and numerous diagrams that break down hard-to-grasp conceptsSupporting website includes additional exercises, CAD drawing information, color theory information, and much moreAccompanying Instructor's Manual
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Book details

List price: $54.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 8/9/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.872
Language: English

Rita Kogler Carver holds an MFA in Lighting Design from New York University, and a BA in Design from Cedar Crest College. She is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and NABET Local 16. Ms. Carver is also a member of IES, IALD and ESTA. Ms. Carver is a sought after speaker, lecturer, and writer. Her specialty is the topic of emerging technologies, addressing their uses and conceptualizing outside-the-box applications. Ms. Carver won an Emmy Award for her Lighting Design work on the "2000 Sydney Olympics." She also won an Emmy nomination for the "Montel Williams Show" as well as a Silver Axiem Award. She won a Silver Axiem Award for "Elmo's World." Ms. Carver is currently the executive artistic director of DragonFly Performing Arts, Inc. and a managing member of BearFly Designs, LLC. Ms. Carver's television projects include the Systems and Lighting Design for the world premier of the Middle East Television Network. Additional Systems Design credits include the Time Warner Building in Columbus Circle, the Bloomberg World Headquarters, and ABC/Disney Times Square Studios. Currently in process is the Systems and Lighting Design for The Beacon Institute's Building ONE project. Other television credits include Good Morning America, PrimeTime Live, Discovery News, ESPN Sports Century and the Saturday Night Fever Broadway Tour - National Commercial. Ms. Carver has also worked professionally as a theatrically trained designer for almost 20 years. She has worked as an Associate Lighting Designer in Broadway Theatre - both on and off, Regional Theatre, Dance and Opera - both American and European. Productions include An American Daughter, Once Upon a Mattress, A Delicate Balance, The Sisters Rosensweig, Guys and Dolls, The Pointer Sisters' Ain't Misbehavin', and Paper Moon.

A Brief History and Introduction
Design for the Theatre
Composition
Color Theory
Drawing, Rendering and Drafting
Safety
Scenic Tools and Materials
Scenery Standard Techniques and Practices
Paint
Rigging
Lighting
Costumes
Makeup
Sound
Special Effects
Stage Management
Career Choices
Appendices
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