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“Behind the creation of a lighting design” – A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting

A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, 3e

Light up your classroom or workshop with the new edition of
A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting
by Steven Shelley.

"Any student or professional seeking to work as a lighting designer in theater or dance should read this book. I've been using this book since the first edition, as it's a wonderful tool for education. This book goes into the details behind the creation of a lighting design. The knowledge you gain by studying this text will free you to create art with your lighting, instead of being caught up in the mundane tasks required to execute a design.” – Stephen Ellison, Lighting Systems Design Consultant

An entertaining and educational read with a humor that guides you through complex problems and concepts, Shelley draws from over 40 years of diverse experience to bring you the step-by-step technical tools for getting the job done. Learn why some techniques are successful while others fail with real-life examples of lighting projects from start to finish.

Construct and implement your own lighting designs with the most trusted guide to stage lighting!

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About the Author

Steven Louis Shelley has worked in theater for over 40 years as a lighting designer, production manager, and stage manager in New York City, throughout the United States, and on four continents. His lighting designs are included in the repertories of many dance companies and he's designed lighting On-Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as concerts, television, regional theater, and regional opera.

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    In the first edition of A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, Steve Shelley cracked open his production book and showed how to prepare a lighting design and create the paperwork needed to mount a production.In the second edition, he pulled back the curtain and showed the methods and processes that...

    Published October 25th 2013 by Focal Press