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2019 Resources & Theatrical Products

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SUGGESTED READING for Producers & Theatre Companies

How To Produce A West End Show 

by Julius Green


This is the first complete guide to producing plays and musicals. With tips on everything from how to run auditions to how to find investors and even how to book a table at the Ivy, this is an indispensible guide to the producer’s art, proving that there really is “no business like show business”.

How To Produce An Award-Winning Play...The Non-Conventional Way 

by Vickie Evans


So you did it! You wrote a stage play! Congratulations! Pat yourself on the back! Now what? How do you transform your script from the page to the stage? What is the standard length and time for a stage play? How will I finance it? Where do I find my cast members? Slow Down! Breathe! Don’t Panic! These are all typical questions that first time playwrights/producers ask when we think about mounting a play. I can truly relate! That’s why I am going to be as transparent as I can. Believe me I know how confusing and stressful the process can be.

How To Produce An Award-Winning Play...The Non-Conventional Way 

by Vickie Evans


Stagecraft Fundamentals Second Edition tackles every aspect of theatre production with Emmy Award-winning author Rita Kogler Carver's signature witty and engaging voice. The history of stagecraft, safety precautions, lighting, costumes, scenery, career planning tips, and more are discussed, illustrated by beautiful color examples that display step-by-step procedures and the finished product. This second edition offers even more in-demand information on stage management, drawing and drafting (both by hand and CAD), lighting fixtures, and special effects. Also new to this edition are current articles from Lighting and Sound America, brand new diagrams that illustrate hard-to-grasp concepts, and a plethora of information on European conversions, standards, and practices, making the skills you learn applicable to stage jobs on either side of the ocean! 

SUGGESTED READING for Set Designers, Costume Designers, & Crew

Theatrical Design and Production: An Introduction to Scene Design and Construction, Lighting, Sound, Costume, and Makeup

by J. Michael Gillette 

This is a comprehensive survey of the technical and design aspects of play production, including scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. Health and safety precautions for the backstage crew appear throughout in boxes labeled “Safety Tips,” and “Design Inspiration” boxes show how professional designers create the desired look.

The Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information 3rd Edition

by Paul Carter

First published in 1988, Backstage Handbook is one of the most widely used stagecraft textbooks in the United States, with about 10,000 copies sold every year.


This handy reference book brings together under one cover an incredible variety of information useful to designers, technicians and students who work behind the scenes in theatre, film and television. Its sturdy leatherette binding will stand up to years of constant use.


Handbook includes chapters on Tools, Hardware, Materials, Electrics, Shop Math, Architecture and Theatre. There are hundreds of illustrations, tables and charts which cover everything from the stock sizes and specs of wood screws, to safe working loads for several kinds of rope, to illustrations of twenty-two types of standard lamp bases.

Stock Scenery Construction Handbook

by Bill Raoul

Widely adopted as a college textbook, "Stock Scenery Construction Handbook" is one of the easiest to use, and most complete manuals on scenery construction. It has over 200 full-page drawings showing construction techniques for every conceivable kind of stock scenery piece, from flats (plain ones, door units, hardwall, etc.), to platforms and step units (including two kinds of parallel platforms and even folding-brace stairs), to all kinds of soft goods like curtains and drops.The second edition added a chapter on paint. 

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