Sculpting Space in the Theater

1st Edition

Conversations with the top set, light and costume designers


  • Babak Ebrahimian
  • Description

    If you are working in theater involved in set creation, lighting or costume design this book will inspire you to reach the heights of the masters as you learn how they succeeded. To move a world from text to stage requires unique and considered design. Sculpting Space in the Theater reveals the philosophy and process of the most influential set, costume and lighting designers working in theater today. The designers profiled in this book - all of whom have established a visible signature and particular design process - have had a remarkable impact in the field of theater design worldwide. Interviews, illustrated with photographs and working sketches, reveal the vision behind designs, and personal anecdotes reveal lessons learnt, providing a practical insight into how designers approach their work, and achieve the effects they want.

    Key Features

    Theater professionals and students will learn from this unique guide how best to move a world from text to stage The most influential theater designers gathered together in one book share the secrets of their craft Over 500 color illustrations detail each stage of the process to inspire theater designers to improve their art


    Set, lighting and costume designers, designers, stage managers, production assistants and students of design and theater.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction Provides the context for the book and highlights key themes that emerged from the interviews, illustrating the influence that one generation of designers has had on the next. The Interviews Interviews with 12 leading American theater designers, many of whom have produced work internationally—in Canada, Russia, Japan, South Africa, Australia, Italy, France, Belgium, and the UK. The chapters, each devoted to a single designer, are arranged chronologically by dates of professional career. This organization allows readers to follow the development of theater design from the 1950s. Each chapter will include biographical information about the designer, along with sketches and photos of their work. The designers: John Lee Beatty (set design) Howell Binkley (lighting design) John Conklin (set and costume design) Beverly Emmons (lighting design) Susan Hilferty (costume design) Constance Hoffman (costume design) Ming Cho Lee (set design) Adrianne Lobel (set design) Santo Loquasto (set and costume design) Jennifer Tipton (lighting design) George Tsypin (set design) Robert Wilson (set and lighting design) Work chronologies Work chronologies for each designer serve as a key reference source for all aspects of theater design.


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    © 2006
    Focal Press
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    About the author

    Babak Ebrahimian

    Lecturer in theatre and cinema at Stanford and Columbia Universities. Trained Director who has worked extensively with American designers and has also designed many of his own sets. Author of The Cinematic Theater (Scarecrow Press, 2004).