Every great design has its beginnings in a great idea, whether your medium of choice is scenery, costume, lighting, sound, or projections. Unmasking Theatre Design shows you how to cultivate creative thinking skills through every step of theatre design - from the first play reading to the finished design presentation. This book reveals how creative designers think in order to create unique and appropriate works for individual productions, and will teach you how to comprehend the nature of the design task at hand, gather inspiration, generate potential ideas for a new design, and develop a finished look through renderings and models. The exercises presented in this book demystify the design process by providing you with specific actions that will help you get on track toward fully-formed designs. Revealing the inner workings of the design process, both theoretically and practically, Unmasking Theatre Design will jumpstart the creative processes of designers at all levels, from student to professionals, as you construct new production designs.

part |2 pages

Part One: Theatre and Design

chapter 1|8 pages

The Nature of Theatre

chapter 2|12 pages

The Designer’s Goal

part |2 pages

Part Two: Deconstructing the Creative Process

chapter 5|6 pages

Thinking about Thinking

chapter 6|8 pages

Idea Generation

part |2 pages

Part Three: Putting Theory into Practice

part |2 pages

Part Four: Unpacking the Design Process

chapter 12|24 pages

Gather Inspiration

chapter 13|26 pages

Invent Solutions

chapter 14|26 pages

Develop the Work

chapter 15|18 pages

Present the [Best] Solution

chapter 16|4 pages

When You Get Stuck

chapter 17|28 pages

Dracula, a Case Study

part |2 pages

Part Five: Putting It All Together

chapter 18|14 pages


chapter 19|6 pages

Personal Factors

chapter 20|4 pages

Designers of Dreams