Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Backstage Handbook: an Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information

This is truly a one-of-a-kind resource for theater majors and others involved in theatrical production. Written by a stagehand who was frustrated that he had to consult numerous sources to get basic technical information, the Backstage Handbook is an excellent resource to consult while designing. Topics include:

  • Specialized tools and equipment needed for set construction
  • Fasteners (nails, bolts, hooks, etc.) and properties of materials (wood, plastic, chemicals, etc.) used in construction
  • Electrical and lighting systems
  • Quick reference formulas and shop math (algebra, geometry and trigonometry)
  • Basic set design principles (what's the difference between a proscenium and a thrust stage?)
Save time searching the web for this information and stop by the Reference Collection to get it all in one place! You'll find the Backstage Handbook, and a lot more useful theater reference books, here.

Sanjeet Mann
Arts Librarian

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