Introduction Part One: Theatre and Design Chapter 1: The Nature of Theatre Chapter 2: The Designer's Goal Chapter 3: Two Key Elements of Any Design Chapter 4: The Designer's Expressive Tools Part Two: Deconstructing the Creative Process Chapter 5: Thinking About Thinking Chapter 6: Idea Generation Chapter 7: Defining the Creative Process Part Three: Putting Theory into Practice Chapter 8: Creative Process/Design Process Chapter 9: Fallacies about the Design Process Chapter 10: Essential Activities for the Designer Part Four: Unpacking the Design Process Chapter 11: Comprehend the Nature of the Design Problem A. Play Reading B. Embrace the Production Limitations Chapter 12: Gather Inspiration A. Play Analysis B. Visual Research Chapter 13: Invent Solutions A. [Good] Design Ideas B. [Good] Design Expressions Chapter 14: Develop the Work Chapter 15: Present the [Best] Solution Chapter 16: When You Get Stuck Chapter 17: Dracula, a Case Study of a Complete Design Process Part Five: Putting it All Together Chapter 18: Collaboration Chapter 19: Personal Factors Chapter 20: Designers of Dreams Appendix: Supplemental Exercises and Information A. More Play Reading Exercises B. More Play Analysis Exercises C. More Design Expression Exercises D. More Development Exercises E. More Presenting the [Best] Solution Exercises F. More Courage, Commitment and Focus Exercises G. More Introvert/Extrovert Exercises H. Design Conferences Unpacked Suggested Reading Software Resources End Notes Production Credits
Lynne Porter is Resident Designer and Director of the Theatre Program at Fairfield University, where she has been teaching, administrating, and making theatre since 1995.She is also the Academic Director of Creative Life Residential College, a sophomore experience focused on inspiring the creative impulse. She regularly designs for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, where she is an Affiliated Artist of the Ensemble. She also designs with the Guerrilla Shakespeare Project in New York and various theatres from Maine to Georgia. Lynne is an associate member of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America and a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, as well as the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She holds an MFA in scenic design from Indiana University.