Theatre and Performance Production Books to Inspire!
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If you love to escape into the theatrical world you'll love this fascinating collection of books to inspire and help you undestand the function of costume design, set design, production design, theatre directors and more as well as learn the history of Australian theatre.

The Moving Body: Teaching Creative Theatre

The Moving Body: Teaching Creative Theatre

In The Moving Body, translated into English for the first time, Lecoq shares his unique philosophy of performance, improvisation, masks, movement, and gesture. Neutral mask, character masks and counter-masks, bouffons, acrobatics, commedia, clowns: all the famous Lecoq techniques are include here. The Moving Body is the written legacy of a great theatrical imagination.

Managing the Creative Mind: A Technical Director's Process

Managing the Creative Mind: A Technical Director's Process

Managing the Creative Mind explores techniques in managing a team of technicians for the production of The Taming of the Shrew. It is also a documentation of a Technical Director's process. More than the organization of the project, it focuses on the people. The goal was to make people excited to be there and, in turn, produce a forward thinking, can-do environment where the production would run itself.

Theatre: Collaborative Acts

Theatre: Collaborative Acts

Theatre: Collaborative Acts stimulates creative thinking and discussions of artistic, social, and ethical questions through its interwoven themes of theatre as culture, collaboration, spatial art, and a fusion of the past and present. The central premise of Theatre: Collaborative Acts is that theatre is entertainment and art. It allows us to escape, relax, and refocus. Through their study of theatre, readers develop lifelong tools to help them enjoy, analyze, understand, read, visualize, and get the most out of many different types of theatre experiences.

Character Costume Figure Drawing

Character Costume Figure Drawing

Character Costume Figure Drawing: Step-by-Step Drawing Methods for Theatre Costume Designers presents drawing instruction with detailed break downs of various types of characters. Maternal? Elderly? Sassy? Sexy? It all starts with body proportion, bone structure, body masses, the facial expressions, the hands, and the feet. Hats, props, fabrics, and choice of medium are all thoroughly covered to ensure your ability to develop convincing life-like characters.

Drawing and Rendering for Theatre

Drawing and Rendering for Theatre

This gorgeous full-color book is loaded with color examples of both student drawings that are analyzed and critiqued for areas that need improvement, and design renderings by professional theatrical designers. Drawing and Rendering for Theatre: A Practical Course for Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Designers starts with the fundamentals of drawing, moves to the types of media, and finishes with specific exercises 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!

Set and Costume Designs for Ballet and Theatre

Set and Costume Designs for Ballet and Theatre

During his lifetime the late Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza acquired a collection of over fifty drawings - largely of set and costume designs - reflecting the theatre of the first half of the twentieth century, and particularly the ballet, during what was surely its most exciting and innovative period. Twenty-two of these drawings in Set and Costume Designs for Ballet and Theatre: The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection are by Leon Bakst, perhaps the most famous of all theatrical designers, whose revolutionary designs for Diaghilev's Ballet Russes played such a major part in the impact that company made during the years 1909-1929.

Costume Craftwork on a Budget

Costume Craftwork on a Budget

Costume Craftwork on a Budget: Clothing, 3-D Makeup, Wigs, Millinery & Accessories will show you how to use inexpensive materials to create durable products in a short amount of time that are practical and technical. It is written in an easy-to-follow manner and each step is shown with a wide array of illustrations and photographs. From creating armour out of laundry baskets, to detailed tricks to create a prosthetic nose for a witch, this book will show the techniques needed for you to produce end results that are beautiful, economical, and fast to make.

Theatrical Design and Production

Theatrical Design and Production

Theatrical Design and Production: An Introduction to Scene Design and Construction, Lighting, Sound, Costume, and Makeup is a comprehensive survey of the technical and design aspects of play production, including scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. Health and safety precautions for the backstage crew appear throughout in boxes labeled “Safety Tips,” and “Design Inspiration” boxes show how professional designers create the desired look.

Technical Design Solutions for Theatre

Technical Design Solutions for Theatre

The Technical Brief is a collection of single-focus articles on technical production solutions, published three times a year by the prestigious Yale School of Drama. The primary objective of the publication is to share creative solutions to technical problems so that fellow theatre technicians can avoid having to reinvent the wheel with each new challenge. The range of topics includes scenery, props, painting, electrics, sound and costumes. The articles each describe an approach, device, or technique that has been tested on stage or in a shop by students and professionals.

Theatre Australia (Un)limited

Theatre Australia (Un)limited

Theatre Australia (Un)limited: Australian Theatre since the 1950s tells a truly national story of the structures of post-war Australian theatre: its artists, companies, financial and policy underpinnings. It gives an inclusive analysis of three ‘waves’ of Australian theatrical activity after 1953, and the types of organisations which grew up to support and maintain them.

Creative Spirits Come Out to Play Here!

Creative Spirits Come Out to Play Here!

Theatre Book Club helps you undestand the function of costume design, set design, production design, theatre directors and more as well as learn the history of Australian theatre.
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