Theatre designers need to be proficient in an extraordinarily diverse range of skills to carry out their work. They are expected to be able to draw, both creatively and technically, to be able to use colour imaginatively, to make accurate scale models of their set designs, to design costumes, whether of a specific period, modern or entirely fantastical, to understand the relationship of their work to stage lighting, and to be able to use computer-technology in creative and imaginative ways.
Colin Winslow is a stage designer, lecturer and teacher with many years of professional experience. He has been head of several theatres, including The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, the Redgrave Theatre in Surrey, The Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, and Ensemble in Amsterdam. He has taught stage design in many schools and universities, and now resident in Canada he teaches stage design at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Among his previous publications for Crowood are The Handbook of Set Design and The Handbook of Model-making for Set Designers. He is a Life Honorary Member of the Society of British Theatre Designers.