This is a visual dictionary of sorts. A standard reference for many who work backstage. Great information. One of my favorites. SP

gillette7thEdTheatrical Design and Production is a comprehensive and practical survey that examines the technical and design aspects of play production, including scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. Design is presented as both an art closely integrated with the director’s, actor’s, and playwright’s visions, and a craft that provides practical solutions for the physical manipulation of stage space.

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Theatrical Design and Production: 6th Edition by J. Michael Gillette (Author)

This comprehensive and practical survey examines the technical and design aspects of play production, including scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. Design is presented as both an art closely integrated with the director’s, actor’s, and playwright’s vision, and a craft that provides practical solutions for the physical manipulation of stage space.

Do you need the latest? For anything but lighting and projections, this edition will likely work just fine.

 

 

 

Stock Scenery Construction : A Handbook  by David Hays, Peter Brook (Designer)

Stock Scenery Construction Handbook is an easy to use, complete manual on scenery construction. It has over 180 full-page drawings showing construction techniques for every conceivable kind of stock scenery piece

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The Stagecraft Handbook  by Daniel A. Ionazzi (Author)

The Stagecraft Handbook strives to be lightweight, compact, and economical. Daniel Ionazzi leaves the specifics to the designers, but provides practical, reliable advice for those involved in setting the stage.

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Structural Design for the Stage  by Alys Holden , Ben Sammler (Author)

This book provides the theater technician with a foundation in structural design allowing an intuitive understanding of why sets "stand up". It introduces the basics of statics and the study of the strength of materials as they apply to typical scenery, with a minimum of theory and many examples.

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Illustrated Theatre Production Guide  by John Holloway (Author)

This invaluable guide takes a step-by-step approach to many common theater production practices and covers important issues related to the construction of wooden, fabric, plastic, and metal scenery used in stage plays.

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Stagecraft 1: A Complete Guide to Backstage Work  by William H. Lord (Author)

Nineteen chapters detailing all the fundamentals of backstage work - all the tools and the language for any theatre operation.

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Carpentry & Building Construction, Student Text  by Mark D. Feirer (Author)

This comprehensive carpentry textbook focuses on residential construction that is also applicable for light commercial construction.

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Stagecraft 3rd Edition  by McGraw-Hill (Author)

Stagecraft is a how-to book for beginners who want to become familiar with the technical aspects of the theater. This book will help any student develop the basic skills necessary so he or she can experience the thrill of creating a set and staging a theater production.

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ABC of Stage Technology  by Francis Reid (Author)

An illustrated reference book of over 500 terms and words used in stage technology. 

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