ERIC Number: ED368019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Three-Phase Creative Process of Scenographic Design for Main Stage Theatre Productions.
Bardwell, Bruce Alan, I; Watt, Willis M.
Theater artists/practitioners have for many years relied on their natural creative abilities in designing makeup, lights, sound, costumes, and sets. Theater researchers believed the scenographer must create a series of dramatic physical settings that blended into a complete revaluation of the playwright's story. However, the nature of the creative process, it has been suggested, can be delineated and organized in such a manner as to allow for a more systematic approach to the designer's creative work. A three-phase process was developed for the set designer's use in creating an appropriate environment for the playwright's story. In the inception phase, the scenographer reads the script for ideas and themes. In the action phase, the scenographer translates the inceptive concepts into working designs, budgets, and schedules. The actualization phase involved the actual implementation of developing the set, adherence to the established budgets, and an accurate following of the production schedules. The three-phase creative scenographic process was tested through application in a main stage production of the play "Greater Tuna." Results indicated that the process was an effective procedure for producing main stage theatre productions. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Greater Tuna; Technical Theater
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Oklahoma City, OK, April 7-10, 1994).