What is Theatrical Design? –Lecture
*Theatrical Design requires attention to
a. Historical/Cultural Context
b. Technological Developments
c. Audience’s experiences of theatre
Each time periods beliefs about the universe change and evolve as history
Period designs are distorted when they are forced into a modern context
Greatly impacts how we view the world
The technology available defines what a designer can and cannot do for a
Every audience member holds a different set of experiences and values that
will help create an opinion about a production
Design is an extension of life, not a duplication, a heightening rather than a
Theatrical Design is the creation of an environment in which a play can live
*Meet the Collaborators
b. Costume Designer
c. Lighting Designer
d. Sound designer
e. Projection Designer
Also known as the production team
*The production team all works together to create a production concept
The production concept is the central idea that unifies the artistic vision of
the producer, director, and designers
History of Theatrical Design: Greek and Roman Theatre Lecture
*Greek Theatre Structure
Theatron (Auditorium): Steeply raked seating for the audience which
surrounds the stage on all three sides.
Orchestra: Circular playing space
Skene: The stage house behind the playing area containing several doors or
aches for actor entrances and exits.
Rooms in the back of the skene may have been used for dressing
rooms, stage machinery, and storage of props
*Greek Theatre Structure Cont.
Paraskenia: Long high walls extending out from and parallel with the skene. Believed to have a low platform extending across the front which was
later moved towards the audience and extended in front of the
skene creating a platformed stage.
Proskenium: A columned arch located at the rear of the stage and in front of
the skene supporting a porch like projection from the second story
of the skene.
*Greek Stage Machinery
Ekkyklema: a wheeled platform used for moving scenic pieces and actors on