Books… and stuff….

01 Oct

Below are some of what, I, consider to be some of the best books out there on Set Design and construction.

If I had to have one – and only one of these books in my shop it would probably be…


Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information by Paul Carter


Because this books got pretty much anything and everything technical for a backstage from how to build a flat to how to rig, set lights, what kind of electrics there are, how much does a flat weigh per foot? How do I make a platform that has locking wheels… there is a reason that people affectionately refer to this book as “the bible” of the backstage crew.

But it’s pretty much tech stuff… so here’s some really great books that cover the cool, the creative and the fun…


Technical Theater for Nontechnical People
by Drew Campbell



Stage Design: A Practical Guide
by Gary Thorne



Drawing and Rendering for Theatre: A Practical Course for Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Designers
by Clare P. Rowe



American Set Design (Bk. 1)
by Arnold Aronson



The Stage Management Handbook
by Daniel Ionazzi



Stock Scenery Construction : A Handbook
by Bill Raoul



Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques: A Basic Guide for Theatre
by Rob Napoli



Stagecraft Fundamentals: A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production
by Rita Kogler Carver


Note… Stagecraft fundamentals has a whole massive number of really good resources links off their website at…
These include the most awesome…

ROSCO painting pdf resources:

Creating Text Surfaces
Rosco Catalog 47
Scenic Finishes


Posted by on October 1, 2012 in Books, Resources



2 responses to “Books… and stuff….

  1. MT

    April 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    This is a great read! I am always sending students here to use you and your information as a reference. Thank you and keep writing!!

    • rjakobson

      April 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you – I’ve been really busy with my real life work this last year so have not been able to help out on any plays or … really do anything. I’ll try to update this place with more stuff.

      There’s some really great stuff going on with simple set designs and scenic effects I’ve seen on Youtube and some other places I really need to get up here and point people towards.


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