Stagecraft 1: A Complete Guide to Backstage Work

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This textbook is intended to be the primary source of information for a semester-long Stagecraft course, introducing students to the production facilities, operations, methods, and techniques used in a school theater, and relating those practices to professional, amateur, and other educational theatres. Now in its third edition, William Lord developed this book through his years of experience teaching Stagecraft at a midwest high school. Twenty chapters detailing all of the fundamentals provide everything any aspiring stage technician needs to know to get started in backstage work. Major topics include: stages and rigging, production staff, properties, sound, lumber and tools, scenery construction, lighting instruments, control of light and color, and electricity and devices. Every section includes photographs, illustrations, and diagrams to aid the learning process. In addition, each chapter ends with a bibliography as well as a list of vocabulary introduced in that chapter with the page number where it was first defined. Finally, fifteen different production forms from a box office report to a sound effects cue sheet make this highly comprehensive text even more valuable!

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Nineteen chapters detailing all the fundamentals of backstage work - all the tools and the language for any theatre operation. The book is loaded with photographs, illustrations and diagrams of the text material. The what, when and why of stagecraft. Selected for the Baker and Taylor Approval Program.

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William H. Lord is a director, teacher, playwright, and Emeritus Professor of Theatre at the University of Illinois. He began his teaching career at Heidelberg College, a liberal arts school in Ohio, where he served as director of theatre and head of the Department of Speech At the University of Illinois, he supervised the graduate directors' workshop and later headed the MFA directing program for much of his 32-year tenure, directing a wide range of major works at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Lord was also the founding and artistic director of the company The Great American People Show, which was called "...a national treasure" by the press. The Great American People Show, or GAPS, performed in New Salem, Illinois, for 20 years beginning in 1976. Under his direction, GAPS was the first theatre to win the Illinois Governor's Arts Award, presenting more than one thousand performances of original works drawn from American history.
Lord holds a B.A. from Marietta College, an M.A. from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His work as playwright and director received numerous citations from the Illinois Legislature and the Governor of Illinois for its contribution to the people of Illinois.

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