T H E   U N I V E R S I T Y   OF   B R I T I S H   C O L U M B I A

September 2010

Ronald Fedoruk
604 822 3707
Frederic Wood Theatre Rm. 113

Thtr 505 and Thtr 507 are studio courses intended to develop your unique personality and style as a designer, to improve the skills that will enable you to function as a professional, and to contribute to a professional level portfolio.  The class will meet Thursday 1:00-4:00 throughout the Fall Term.  For projects that carry forward into the Spring Term the instructor will be available as necessary for consultation.

Required Assignments:

Two completed set designs.   The first project will be completed in conjunction with THTR 405.  The second will be a self-directed project.

Some students may be designing projects for the Theatre at UBC subscription season, others will be choosing projects from the list below in consultation.   Projects completed for Thtr 505 or Thtr 507 cannot be used as Theses or for Thtr 99 practicum projects. 

All work should closely adhere to the Associated Designers of Canada Graphic Standards.

All assignments will be designed for a specific theatre, and the same theatre should not be used for both projects.  

Every effort will also be made to include a play that has a single setting and one with multiple settings; one with detailed stage directions and one with few descriptions.

Individual design projects and their scheduling will be determined on the first days of class.  Each project will have an individualised process, a final deadline, and intermediate deadlines for each stage of development. 

Late assignments will be graded but the penalty is completely at the discretion of the instructor.

Please ensure that you have the appropriate materials and space for your work: those who require studio space in the classroom should consult with me. Please note that we will be covering a lot of ground very fast: 2 designs in 6 months is not exhorbitant for a professional designer, but those will less experience are well advised not to procrastinate.


Required Reading:

        Federico García Lorca: Blood Wedding, A.S.Kline trans.

               Blood Wedding, Glynne Edwards, trans., London, AC Black 2008

               Three Tragedies: James Graham-Luján and Richard L. O’Connell, trans, New York, New Directions Paperbook, 1955

               Bodas de Sangre,  Ahmedabad,  Ediciones Colihue, 1994

               Bodas de Sangre, Allen Josephs y Juan Caballero, eds, Madrid, Caítedra, 2001

        Jean Giraudoux: Madwoman of Chaillot,  Maurice Valency, trans,  New York, Random House 1947

        Michel Marc Bouchard: The Madonna Painter,  Linda Gaboriau, trans.  Vancouver, Talonbooks, 2010

        Paul Yee: Cumberland, unpublished,
script availability TBA


Suggested Reading:

Design Theory:
    Appia, Adolphe: Peter Loeffler, trans: Staging Wagnerian Drama , Basel, Birkhauser Verlag, 1982
    Appia, Adolphe: Gables Coral, trans: Music and the Art of the Theatre, Florida, University of Miami Press, 1962
    Aronson, Arnold: American Set Design, New York, Theatre Communications Group, 1985
    Aronson, Arnold: Looking into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography, 2005, Ann Arbor, U of M Press
    Bay, Howard: Stage Design, New York, Drama Book Specialists, 1974
    Bablet. Denis: La Mise en Scène Contemporaine, Bruxelles, la Renaissance du livre, 1968
    Backemeyer Sylvia: Ralph Koltai ; Designer for the Stage, London, Nick Hern Books, 2003
    Blumenthal, Eileen: Julie Taymor; Playing with Fire, New York, Abrams 1995
    Bowlt, John E: L'Avant-garde russe et la scène 1910-1930:
                          une sélection de la collection N.D. Lobanov-Rostovsky, Paris, Editions Plume, 1998.
    Burian, Jarka; The Scenography of Josef Svoboda, Middletown Connecticut, The Wesleyan Press, 1971
    Craig, Gordon: Towards a New Theatre, New York, Benjamin Blom, 1969
    Ebrahimian, Babak: Scuipting Space in the Theatre; Conversations...., Burlington MA, Focal Press 2006
    Edwards, Betty: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Los Angeles, Jeremy P. Archer Inc, 1979, 1989
    Edelstein, T.J., ed: The Stage is All the World: the Theatrical Designs of Tanya Moiseiwitsch, U of Chicago 1994
    Franck, Frederick: The Zen of Seeing, New York, Vintage, 1973
    Goodwin, John: British Theatre Design: The Modern Age, London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1989
    Harris, Andrew B:  The Performing Set: The Broadway Designs of William and Jean Eckart, Dallas, UNT Press, 2006
    Hugh Honour and John Fleming, The Visual Arts, A History, Prentice Hall, Inc., 2002
    Howard, Pamela: What is Scenography?, London, Routledge, 2002
    Jones, Robert Edmond: The Dramatic Imagination, New York, Theatre Arts Books, 1941
    Jones, Robert Edmond, Delbert Unruh, ed.: Towards a New Theatre, New York, Limelight, 1992
    Mielziner, Jo: Designing for the Theatre; a Memoir and a Portfolio, New York, Atheneun, 1965
    John Morley, The History of Furniture, Little, Brown and Co., 1999

    Nicolaides, Kimon: The Natural Way to Draw, Boston, Houghton-Mifflin, 1941, 1969
    Oenslager, Donald: Stage Design : Four Centuries of Scenic Invention, New York : Viking Press, 1975.
    Ogden, Dunbar: The Italian Baroque Stage : Documents, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1978.
    Payne, Darwin Reid: The Scenographic Imagination, Carbondale, Southern Illinios University Press, 1987
    Rewa, Natalie: Scenography in Canada; Selected Designers, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2004
    Simonson, Lee: Theatre Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1934
    Willett, John: Caspar Neher: Brecht's Designer, London, Methuen 1986

Arnold, Richard L.:   Scene Technology, New York,   Prentice Hall, 1985
     Bellman,Willard, F.: Scene Design, Stage Lighting, Sound, Costume and Makeup, New York, Harper and Row, 1983
     Bellman,Willard, F.:   Scenography and Stage Technology, New York,   Thomas Y. Crowell, 1977    (Out of Print)
     Burris-Meyer, Harold, and Cole, Edward C.:   Scenery for the Theatre,  Boston,   Little,Brown and Co.   1938, 1971
     Carter, Paul:   The Backstage Handbook, New York, Broadway Press, 1988, 1994
     Gillette, Arnold:   Stage Scenery, Its Construction and Rigging, New York, Harper, 1960
     Gillette, J. Micheal:   Theatrical Design and Production, Palo Alto, Mayfield Publishing, 198
6, 1996,  McGraw-Hill, 2007
     Glerum, Jay O,:   Stage Rigging Handbook, Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press, 1987

     Napoli, Rob & Glomann, Chuck: Scenic Design and Lighting Techniques, 2006, Burlington, Focal Press
     Parker, W. Oren and Harvey Smith and R Craig Wolf and Dick Block: Scene Design and Stage Lighting, 
          New York,  Harcourt&Brace 1963, 1996,  Toronto, Nelson Education, 2008

    Ching, Frances, D.K: Drawing: A Creative Process, New York, Van Nostrand, Reinhold, 1990
    Ching, Frances, D.K: Architectural Graphics, New York, Van Nostrand, Reinhold, 1985
    Alan Hendrickson, Colin Buckhurst: Mechanical Design for the Stage, Amsterdam, Boston, Focal Press, 2008
    Holden, Alys & Sammler, Bronislav:  Structural Design for the Stage, Amsterdam, Boston, Focal Press 1999
    Morgan, Harry: Perspective Drawing for the Theatre, New York, Drama Book Publishers, 1979
    Parker, W. Oren: Sceno-Graphic Techniques, Carbondale, Southern Illinios University Press, 1987
    Pecktal, Lynn: Designing and Drawing for the Theatre, New York, McGraw-Hill, 1995
    Ramsey/Sleeper: Architectural Graphic Standards, New York, John Wiley and Sons, 1932, 1989
    Smith, Stan and Ten Holt, H.F., eds. : The Artist's Manual, London, MacDonald, 1980
    Woobridge, Patricia: Designer Drafting for the Entertainment World, Boston, Focal Press, 2000

    Warfel, William: Handbook of Stage Lighting Graphics, New York, Drama Book Specialists, 1974
    Bellman, Willard F. : Lighting the Stage: Art and Practice, New York, Chandler Publishing Co. 1974
    Bentham, Frederick: The Art of Lighting the Stage, London, Pitman, 1976
    Bergman, Gosta: Lighting in the Theatre, Stockholm, Almqvist and Wiksell, 1977
    Corry, Percy: Lighting the Stage, London, Pitman, 1954
    Fuchs, Theodore: Stage Lighting, New York, Benjamin Blom, 1929
    J. Micheal Gillette:   Designing with Light, Palo Alto, Mayfield Publishing, 1978, 1989 Boston, McGraw-Hill,  2007
    Hartmann, Louis: Stage Lighting, New York, Appleton, 1930 , reprinted New York, Drama Book Specialists, 1970
    Keller, Max: Light Fantastic: the art and design of stage lighting, Munich, New York, Prestel, 1999.
    Malkiewwcz,Kris: Film Lighting, New York, Prentice- Hall , 1986
    Nick Moran: Performance Lighting Design, London, Methuen, A&C Black, 2007
    McCandless, Stanley B : A Method of Lighting the Stage, New York, Theatre Arts Books, 1947
    Mc Grath, Ian: A Process for Lighting the Stage, Boston, Allyn and Bacon, 1990
    Mumm, Robert C: Photometrics Handbook, Shelter Island, NY, 1992
    Pilbrow, Richard: Stage Lighting, New York, Drama Book Publishers , 1979
    Pilbrow, Ric
hard: Stage Lighting Design : the art, the craft, the life, London, Nick Hern Books, 1997
    Rosenthal, Jean, and Wertenbaker, Lael: The Magic of Light, Boston, Little Brown and Co. 1972
    Sellman, Hunton D, and Lessley, Merrill: Essentials of Stage Lighting, Englewood Cliffs, Prentice-Hall, 1982
    Streader, Tim and Williams, John H.: Create Your Own Stage Lighting, London, Bell and Hyman, 1985
    Unruh, Delbert: Tharon Musser, Syracuse, USITT Publications, 2007
    Warfel, William, The New Handbook of Stage Lighting Graphics, New York, Drama Book Publishers, 1990
    Warfel, William and Klappert, Walter: Color Science for Lighting the Stage, New Haven, Yale University Press, 1981

    Anderson, Barbara and Cletus, Costume Design – second Edition, Belmont, CA, Wadsworth Group, 1999
    François Boucher, 20,000 Years of Fashion, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1987
    Costume Society of America: Dress, New York, Costume Society of America, 1975-2008
    Cunningham, Rebecca, The Magic Garment, Long Grove, IL, Waveland Press, 1994.
    Joanne B. Eicher, et al: The Visible Self : global perspectives on dress, culture, and society , New York : Fairchild , 2008.
    Ann Ferebee, A History of Design from the Victorian Age to the Present, 1970, Van Nostrand, New York
    Green, Ruth M, The Wearing of Costume, London, Safira Publications, 1994
    Ingham, Rosemary, and Covey, Elizabeth: The Costumer's Handbook, New York, Prentice-Hall, 1980
    Ingham, Rosemary, and Covey, Elizabeth: The Costume Designer's Handbook, New York, Prentice-Hall, 1980
    Jackson, Sheila, Costumes for the Stage and Screen, Great Britian, The Herbert Press, 1988
    Laver, James: A Concise History of Costume, London, Thames and Hudson, 1969
    Milbank, Caroline Rennolds. New York Fashion: The Evolution of American Style. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1989.
    Payne, Blanche, Geitel Winakor, and Jane Farrell-Beck. The History of Costume. 2nd ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.
    Russell, Douglas A: Period Style for the Theatre, Allyn and Bacon, Inc., 1980
    Russell, Douglas A. Costume History and Style. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1983.
    Steele, Valerie. Women of Fashion: Twentieth-Century Designers. New York: Rizzoli International, 1991.
    Tortora, Phyllis G. and Eubank, Keith, Survey of Historic Costume, New York, Fairchild Publications, 2005

Suggested Plays:

Single Setting, Explicitly Described:
        Henrik Ibsen: A Doll's House,
                         Hedda Gabler.
        Michel Tremblay: Les Belles-Soeurs.
        Eric Nichol: I'll Be Back Before Midnight.
        Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie,
                                   A Streetcar Named Desire.
        Eugene O'Niell: A Moon for the Misbegotten,
                           Long Day's Journey Into Night.
        Samuel Beckett: End Game.
                             Waiting for Godot.

        David Mamet: American Buffalo.
        Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman,
                        A View from the Bridge
        Thomson Highway: Dry Lips Oughta Move To Kapuskasing
Harold Pinter: The Caretaker 

Multiple Setting, Explicitly Described:
        George Bernard Shaw: Heartbreak House,

        Wm. Congreve: The Way of the World
        Oliver Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer
        Anton Chekhov: The Seagull
                                 The Cherry Orchard

        J.M. Barrie: Peter Pan.
        Wole Soyinka: Death and the King's Horseman.
        Fredrico Garcia Lorca: Blood Wedding,
                                        The House of Bernarda Alba.

        Arthur Miller: The Crucible

Single Setting: Unspecific, Abstract or Implied Description:
        Euripides: The Bacchae.
        Wm. Shakespeare: Love's Labours Lost.
        Bertholt Brecht: The Caucasian Chalk Circle.
        Peter Shaffer: Equus.
        Sophocles: Oedipus Rex,

        Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot.

        Micheal Frayne: Copenhagen.
        Robert Bolt: A Man for All Seasons.
        Gwen Pharis Ringwood: Dark Harvest.
        Judith Thompson: Lion in the Streets.
        Morris Panych: Vigil
        James Reaney: Sticks and Stones
        Tom Stoppard: Arcadia
Frank Wedekind: Spring Awakening

Multiple Setting: Unspecific, Abstract or Implied Description:
        W.A. Mozart: The Magic Flute .
        Richard Wagner: Rheingold,
                              The Flying Dutchman.
        Wm. Shakespeare: King Lear,
                                Romeo and Juliet,
                               The Tempest

        Henrik Ibsen: Peer Gynt.
        Bertholt Brecht: Mother Courage and Her Children
        Georg Buchner: Woyzeck.
        Sophocles: Electra, Antigone.
        Peter Shaffer: Amadeus.
        George Ryga: The Ecstasy of Rita Joe.
        Sharon Pollock: Blood Relations.
        Harold Pinter : Betrayal
        George Elliott Clarke: Beatrice Chancey

    Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC;
    Telus Studio, UBC;
    New Globe Theatre, London;
    Drottningholm Court Theatre, Stockholm;
    Covent Garden, London;
    Berliner Operhaus, Berlin;
    Bregenzer Festespielehaus, Bregenz;
    Sidney Opera House, Sidney;
    Stratford Festival Theatre, Ont.;
    McPherson Playhouse, Vancouver;
    Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver;
    Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver;
    Queen Elizabeth Playhouse, Vancouver

    Action Design;
    Story Theatre;
    Musical Theatre.


    Tanya Moiseivitsch;
    Desmond Healey;
    Brian Jackson;
    Francois Barbeau;
    Murray Laufer;
    Susan Benson;
    Cameron Porteous;
    Robert Lepage;
    Micheal Levine;
    Phillip Silver;
    Phillip Clarkson;
    Ken MacDonald;
    Robert Gardiner.

    Sebastiano Serlio,
    Giuseppe Galli Bibiena,
    Inigo Jones,
    Lawrence Alma-Tadema;
    Caspar Neher;
    Natalia Goncharova,
    Oliver Messel,
    John Bury,
    Ralph Koltai,
    David Hockney,
    John Napier.

United States:
    Robert Edmond Jones;
    Jo Mielziner;
    Boris Aronson;
    Cecil Beaton;
    Oliver Smith,
    Ming Cho Lee;
    Santo Loquasto;
    Eugene Lee;
    Ralph Funicello
    Lee Simonsen

The University accommodates students with disabilities who have registered with the Disability Resource Centre.  The University accommodates students whose religious obligations conflict with attendance, submitting assignments, or completing scheduled tests and examinations.  Please let your instructor know in advance, preferably in the first week of class, if you will require any accommodation on these grounds.   Students who plan to be absent for varsity athletics, family obligations, or other similar commitments, cannot assume they will be accommodated, and should discuss their commitments with the instructor before the drop date.
Regular attendance is expected of students in all their classes (including lectures, laboratories, tutorials, seminars, etc.). Students who neglect their academic work and assignments may be excluded from the final examinations. Students who are unavoidably absent because of illness or disability should report to their instructors on return to classes.

Last date for withdrawal without a W on your transcript: September 22
Last date for withdrawal with a W instead of an F on your transcript: October 16