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Theatre Design

Theatre design or scenography is the design of the space in which a performance takes place. Theatre designers create stage pictures, that is to say, they design the space, costume and props that you see when you watch a performance.

 

Some designers deal only with set or costumes, particularly if it is a very large scale production such as an opera, but in this country designers generally create designs for both.
In recent times we have started to more readily adopt the term scenographer. This alternative name for theatre design is used more widely in the rest of the world. It seeks to give a more holistic description of what designers do and can encompass not just set, costume and prop design but sound, lighting and multi-media design for performance as well.

 

Most theatre design courses will now include modules in these elements in order to equip you with the appropriate skills to work in a broad range of performance-related environments. If you want to specialize in these elements from the outset however, then courses in technical theatre would be a more advisable route.

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Scenography/theatre design also encompasses work made for a specific site or location. This can be indoors or out and can be referred to as site-specific or landscape theatre.
Increasingly designers are also using their skills in areas such as creative events, parades, opening ceremonies etc., pop concerts, or as part of the process of the wider regeneration of cities and communities. This kind of work often supplements more traditional theatre work which still pays comparatively low fees.

 

Theatre design or scenography is the design of the space in which a performance takes place. Theatre designers create stage pictures, that is to say, they design the space, costume and props that you see when you watch a performance.

 

Some designers deal only with set or costumes, particularly if it is a very large scale production such as an opera, but in this country designers generally create designs for both.
In recent times we have started to more readily adopt the term stenographer. This alternative name for theatre design is used more widely in the rest of the world. It seeks to give a more holistic description of what designers do and can encompass not just set, costume and prop design but sound, lighting and multi-media design for performance as well.

 

Most theatre design courses will now include modules in these elements in order to equip you with the appropriate skills to work in a broad range of performance-related environments. If you want to specialize in these elements from the outset however, then courses in technical theatre would be a more advisable route.

 

Scenography/theatre design also encompasses work made for a specific site or location. This can be indoors or out and can be referred to as site-specific or landscape theatre.

 

See also

HISTORY OF MUSIC

ELEMENTS OF ART/DESIGN

REVIEW OF CHORD AND TRIADS

EMBROIDERY

CAREER DRAMATISTS

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