Scenic Designer

Does the set help tell the story?

The Scenic Designer is responsible for the creation of the director's vision for the world of the play or musical.

It is also referred to as:

  • Scenography
  • Stage Design
  • Set Design
  • Production Design

NOTE: Scenic designers have traditionally come from a variety of artistic backgrounds, but nowadays, generally speaking, they are trained professionals, often with B.A. in Theater, B.F.A. or ,M.F.A. degrees in theatre arts.

The role of the designer is to be an environmental artist.

The goal is to create and produce original design that ultimately helps tell the audience more about the story, the location(s), the characters and the plot.

- The playwright will give instruction (some more than others) about what is expected to appear on the stage in the play or musical.

- The designer makes an interpretation of that instruction using the priciples of good design and should be visually stimulating.

- The designer must render a rough design

- The designer gets the the director's approval of all the designs.

- The designer does a final color rendering and color model (if possible) for the other creative staff to work from as a pallette for shape, color, and the over-all concept.

- The designer is responsible for all the elements of the set (walls, floors, doors, windows, furniture, and any of the required set pieces actors will be playing the scene upon) 

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