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The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit: Supervising Theatre Costume Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit: Supervising Theatre Costume Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

1st Edition

Rebecca Pride
July 27, 2018

The Costume Supervisor’s Toolkit explores the responsibilities of a Costume Supervisor within a theatrical, opera or dance production company. Rebecca Pride provides an insight into all manner of processes, beginning with a definition of the role, and offers explanations of the timeline from the...

The Properties Director's Toolkit: Managing a Prop Shop for Theatre

The Properties Director's Toolkit: Managing a Prop Shop for Theatre

2nd Edition

Sandra Strawn, Lisa Schlenker
March 26, 2018

This book explains and provides templates for organizing and managing a prop shop, from pre-production organization to production processes, budgeting, and collaborations with other production areas. It explores how to plan, organize, and maintain a prop shop for safe and efficient production work....

The Director's Toolkit

The Director's Toolkit

1st Edition

Robin Schraft
January 22, 2018

The Director’s Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to the role of the theatrical director. Following the chronology of the directing process, the book discusses each stage in precise detail, considering the selection and analysis of the script, the audition process, casting, character development,...

The Stage Manager's Toolkit: Templates and Communication Techniques to Guide Your Theatre Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

The Stage Manager's Toolkit: Templates and Communication Techniques to Guide Your Theatre Production from First Meeting to Final Performance

2nd Edition

Laurie Kincman
December 22, 2016

The Stage Manager’s Toolkit provides a comprehensive account of the role of the stage manager for live theatre with a focus on both written and verbal communication best practices. The book outlines the duties of the stage manager and assistant stage manager throughout a production, discussing not...

The Production Manager's Toolkit: Successful Production Management in Theatre and Performing Arts

The Production Manager's Toolkit: Successful Production Management in Theatre and Performing Arts

1st Edition

Cary Gillett, Jay Sheehan
August 18, 2016

"Our theater world is so much better with this book in it, and even better with Cary and Jay at the helm." –David Stewart, Director of Production for the Guthrie Theater The Production Manager’s Toolkit is a comprehensive introduction to a career in theatrical and special event production for new...

The Technical Director's Toolkit: Process, Forms, and Philosophies for Successful Technical Direction

The Technical Director's Toolkit: Process, Forms, and Philosophies for Successful Technical Direction

1st Edition

Zachary Stribling, Richard Girtain
December 15, 2015

In the world of theatre, the technical director is responsible for overseeing the safe and efficient realization and implementation of scenery for the stage. The Technical Director’s Toolkit is the first book to address every nut and bolt of this multifaceted job. This book guides readers ...

The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit

The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit

1st Edition

Anne E. McMills
June 02, 2014

What are the do’s and don’ts of being a good assistant lighting designer? What are focus tapes, and how do I use them? What is the best method for creating a magic sheet? What should be found in every assistant’s kit? How do I make that first important leap into this professional career?   Answer...

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