The Craft and Art of Scenic Design: Strategies, Concepts, and Resources explores how to design stage scenery from a practical and conceptual perspective. Discussion of conceptualizing the design through script analysis and research is followed by a comprehensive overview of execution: collaboration with directors and other designers, working with spaces, developing an effective design process, and the aesthetics of stage design. This book features case studies, key words, tip boxes, definitions, and chapter exercises. Additionally, it provides advice on portfolio and career development, contracts, and working with a union.
Robert Klingelhoefer is Associate Professor of Scenic Design and Director of the Design and Technology Program in the School of Theatre and Dance at West Virginia University. Mr. Klingelhoefer has previously been Resident Designer for the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the Contemporary American Theatre Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia; and the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre and Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, both in New York City. His work has been seen nationwide for companies including the Walnut Street Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, the Asolo Theatre, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, and the New York State Theatre Institute among many others. Internationally he has had productions performed at the International Festival of Experimental Theatre in Cairo, Egypt, and the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, since 1983.
Chapter 1: The Nature of the Craft Chapter 2: Scenic Design in the Past & Today Chapter 3: Working with Directors Chapter 4: Working with Text Chapter 5: Research, Period and Visual History Chapter 6: The Designable Idea Chapter 7: Space Chapter 8: Design and Redesign Chapter 9: The Art(work) of Communication Chapter 10: Considerations for Single and Unit Set Productions Chapter 11: Considerations for Productions with Moving Scenery Chapter 12: On to the Stage Chapter 13: Realities of the Profession