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  1. Backstage Handbook

    Backstage Handbook

    $22.00

    First published in 1988, Backstage Handbook is one of the most widely used stagecraft textbooks in the United States, with about 10,000 copies sold every year.

    This handy reference book brings together under one cover an incredible variety of information useful to designers, technicians and students who work behind the scenes in theatre, film and television. Its sturdy leatherette binding will stand up to years of constant use.

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  2. Digital Technical Theater Simplified

    Digital Technical Theater Simplified

    $24.95

    Lights, camera, digital revolution! Designed to help readers use digital equipment for onstage impact.

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  3. Musician's Ultimate Joke Book

    Musician's Ultimate Joke Book

    $12.95

    This book is the perfect resource for program notes,concert spiels, to kill time while the bass player tunes up, or just for fun!

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  4. Stagecraft Fundamentals Second Edition: A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production

    Stagecraft Fundamentals Second Edition: A Guide and Reference for Theatrical Production

    $54.95

    Stagecraft Fundamentals Second Edition tackles every aspect of theatre production with Emmy Award-winning author Rita Kogler Carver's signature witty and engaging voice. The history of stagecraft, safety precautions, lighting, costumes, scenery, career planning tips, and more are discussed, illustrated by beautiful color examples that display step-by-step procedures and the finished product.

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  5. Event Production Directory 2017 (EPD)

    Event Production Directory 2017 (EPD)

    $24.95

    The industry resource for lighting, sound, staging, rigging, road cases, set design, lasers, pyrotechnics, video reinforcement, backline, portable generators, coaches, freight forwarders, trucking, tour passes, travel agents, radio comm, security and insurance. 146 pages of vendors and suppliers listed by geographic location in alphabetical order in each category. A must for anyone in need of information about where to source products and services in the event production industry. Learn More
  6. The Event Safety Guide: A Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Live Entertainment Events in the United State

    The Event Safety Guide: A Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Live Entertainment Events in the United State

    $49.95

    The premier safety guidebook for anyone working in the event industry.

    The Event Safety Guide is the United States’ first published safety guidance directed specifically at the live event industry. Culled from existing life safety standards and the insight of top professionals within the event industry, The Event Safety Guide compiles the best operational practices currently available in the live event industry in a single easily referenced manual.

    The guide is not a “how-to book” or a complicated set of standards. Rather, it is intended to help busy industry professionals know what safe workplace practices might be, heighten their understanding of the importance of safety in everything they do, and apply these best practices in their daily work.

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  7. The Technical Director's Toolkit: Process, Forms, and Philosophies for Successful Technical Direction (The Focal Press Toolkit Series)

    The Technical Director's Toolkit: Process, Forms, and Philosophies for Successful Technical Direction (The Focal Press Toolkit Series)

    $34.95

    In the world of theatre, the technical director is responsible for overseeing the safe and efficient realization and implementation of scenery for the stage. The Technical Director’s Toolkit is the first book to address every nut and bolt of this multifaceted job, guiding you though the step-by-step processes of technical direction and the responsibilities of the TD in the mounting of a theatrical production.

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  8. The Production Manager's Toolkit: Successful Production Management in Theatre and Performing Arts (The Focal Press Toolkit Series)

    The Production Manager's Toolkit: Successful Production Management in Theatre and Performing Arts (The Focal Press Toolkit Series)

    $39.95

    The Production Manager’s Toolkit is a comprehensive introduction to a career in theatrical and special event production for new and aspiring professionals, given by expert voices in the field. 

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  9. Technical Theater for Nontechnical People (Paperback, Third Edition)

    Technical Theater for Nontechnical People (Paperback, Third Edition)

    $22.99

    Technical Theater for Nontechnical People helps actors, directors, stage managers, producers, and event planners understand every aspect of technical theater—from scenery, lighting, and sound to props, costumes, and stage management. In this thoroughly revised new edition, the popular guide firmly embraces the digital age with new content about digital audio, intelligent lighting, LED lighting, video projection, and show control systems, all explained in the same approachable style that has kept this book in the pockets of industry professionals for many years. A brand-new chapter on sound design has also been added, and every chapter has been updated with more information about the basics of theater technology, including draperies, lighting instruments, microphones, costume sketches, and more.

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