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Teaching Introduction to Theatrical Design: A Process Based Syllabus in Costumes, Scenery, and Lighting

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Title: Teaching Introduction to Theatrical Design: A Process Based Syllabus in Costumes, Scenery, and Lighting
Author: Appleton, Eric
Price: $81.99

Teaching Introduction to Theatrical Design is a week-by-week guide that helps instructors who are new to teaching design, teaching outside of their fields of expertise, or looking for better ways to integrate and encourage non-designers in the design classroom. This book provides a syllabus to teach foundational theatrical design by illustrating process and application of the principals of design in costumes, sets, lights, and sound.

Table of Contents


  • Organization of This Book

  • Our Formula

  • Creativity and Evaluation

  • Selecting Plays for Use in Class

  • The Classroom

  • Portfolio Development

  • Books We Want to Share With You

Section One: Costume Design

Chapter One: Organizing Principles of the Class and Week One

  • Session by Session Framework

  • Supplies Needed

  • Design Elements

  • Concept and Design Metaphor

  • Building a Student Portfolio: First Steps

Chapter Two Week Two

  • Supplies Needed

  • Introduction of the Costume Design Final Project

  • Script Analysis

  • Quiz: Reading Comprehension

  • Unpacking the Play

  • Creating a Metaphor Statement

  • Using French Scenes to Dig Deeper into Detail

  • The Costume Plot

  • Script Analysis by Character

  • Drawing Clothing on the Human Body

  • Assigning Professional Designer Presentations

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Three

  • Supplies Needed

  • Costume Renderings

  • Creating Costume Rendering Templates

  • Color and Watercolors

  • "Twenty-One Black Dresses"

  • Further Research for Designers

  • Library Fundamentals

  • Combining the Pieces to Build a Design

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Four

  • Supplies Needed

  • Swatching

  • Depicting Fabric with Paint

  • Developing Color Palettes

  • In Class Work Session

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Five

  • Professional Costume Designer Presentations

  • Presentation by a Guest Artist

  • Final Costume Design Project Presentations

  • Portfolio Development

Part Two: Scenic Design

Chapter Six

  • Supplies Needed

  • The Purpose of Scenery

  • Describing Environment

  • Script Analysis for Scenic Designers

  • Minimum Necessary Physical Requirements

  • Reading, Measuring, and Drawing in Scale

  • The Sizes of Real Things

  • Building the Small Stage House for "Your First Set Design"

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Seven

  • Supplies Needed

  • The Human Figure as Baseline of Proportion

  • Making Scale Things for the Model

  • The Function of Models

  • Using Footprints to Explore Space

  • The Groundplan is a Plan of Action

  • The Scenic Design Final Project

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Eight

  • Supplies Needed

  • Introduction to Drafting

  • What Exactly IS a Groundplan?

  • Graphics Standards

  • The Larger Stage House for he Scenic Design Final Project

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Nine

  • Supplies Needed

  • Thumbnails and Essential Gestures

  • In Class Work Session

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Ten

  • Professional Scenic Designer Presentations

  • Final Scenic Design Project Presentations

  • Guest Presenters

  • Portfolio Development

Section Three: Lighting Design

Chapter Eleven

  • Supplies Needed

  • Our Approach to Lighting Design

  • Thinking About Light

  • The Functions of Stage Light

  • Standard Lighting Angles

  • The Controllable Properties of Light

  • Demonstrating the Standard Angles of Light in the Light Lab

  • Analyzing the Lit Environment

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Twelve

  • Supplies Needed

  • The Cue Synopsis

  • Storyboarding a Lighting Design

  • Six Categories of Purposes

  • Building a Look in the Light Lab, Part One

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Thirteen

  • Supplies Needed

  • Building a Look in the Light Lab, Part Two

  • Applying Research Information to the Light Lab Look

  • Magic Sheets (Diagramming Purposes)

  • Color for Lighting

  • The Gel Swatchbook

  • Mixing Colors in the Light Lab

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Fourteen

  • Supplies Needed

  • Sketching Light in Color

  • In Class Work Session

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Fifteen

  • Professional Lighting Designer Presentations

  • Final Lighting Design Project Presentations

  • Portfolio Development

Chapter Sixteen: An Extra Chapter of Introductory Steps in Developing a Lighting Design

  • Supplies Needed

  • Breaking the Stage into Areas of Control

  • The Lighting Section

  • Creating Beam Throw Templates

  • Using Beam Throw Templates to Guide Instrument Choices

  • The Preliminary Hook-Up

Chapter Seventeen: Introduction to Sound Design

  • Supplies Needed

  • Learning to Talk About Sound

  • The Controllable Properties of Sound

  • Categories of Sound Cues

  • The Sound Plot and Script Analysis

  • Assembling a Preliminary Sound Design

  • Portfolio Development

Appendix A : Our Current Syllabus

Appendix B: Materials for Introduction to Design

Appendix C: Two Short Plays Used for Design Exercises

Appendix D: Sample Cue Synopses

Appendix E: Standard Lighting Positions and Unit Numbering

Appendix F: Design Timelines


Eric Appleton is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He has been a freelance lighting and set designer since 1994.

Tracey Lyons is currently a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. She has previously been on the faculty of the University of North Dakota and Del Mar College.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publication date: 13/12/2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781138193253
Publishing status: AU In Distributor In BN
Teaching Introduction to Theatrical Design: A Process Based Syllabus in Costumes, Scenery, and Lighting