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For theatrical design students and theater professionals, here is the essential guide to marketing your skills, furthering your career, and operating a successful business! In The Business of Theatrical Design, design veteran James Moody shares his proven techniques to help costume, scenic, and lighting designers become successful businesspeople. Here is the latest information regarding IRS, state, and business liabilities; salary and fee scales; equipment costs; professional organizations; union and contract issues; and much more. Plus dozens of working producers, promoters, and designers share their insights and offer a thorough, true-to-life profile of this competitive industry. An indispensable resource for anyone looking to pursue a career in the theater!

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July 9, 2013  1621532402  978-1621532408 1

Written by a leading design consultant and carefully updated with the latest information on the industry, this is the essential guide to earning a living, marketing skills, furthering a design career, and operating a business. With more than thirty years of backstage and behind-the-scenes experience in theater, film, television, concerts, and special events, James Moody shares his success secrets for the benefit of design students and working designers. Topics include: 

  • Finding and landing dream assignments
  • Negotiating fees
  • Setting up ideal working spaces
  • Building the perfect staff
  • Overcoming fears of accounting and record-keeping
  • Choosing the right insurance
  • Joining the right unions and professional organizations
  • And more 

In addition to revealing how to get the great design jobs in traditional entertainment venues, the author shows designers how to think outside the box and seize creative, lucrative opportunities—such as those in theme parks, in concert halls, and with architectural firms. Providing the keys for passionate, talented designers to become successful businesspeople, The Business of Theatrical Design is a must-read for novices and established professionals alike.

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About the Author

James L. Moody, considered one of the founders of lighting design, is the head of the TechnicalTheatre program and technical director and lighting designer for the Theatre Academy at LosAngeles City College. He has designed lighting for over 350 theatrical productions, most recentlyDoubt at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre Company. He has received numerous theatricaldesign awards including the Drama Logue Award, a Los Angeles Theatre Critics Award, and theDistinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design from the United States Institute for TheatreTechnology. Moody’s other distinctions include two Emmy Award nominations for his televisionwork. In addition to The Business of Theatrical Design he is the author of Concert Lighting;Techniques, Art, and Business, now in its third edition. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621532402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621532408
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces


Additional Information

Name The Business of Theatrical Design 2nd Edition
ISBN 978-1621532408
Author James L. Moody
Publisher Allworth Press
Publishing Date Jul 9, 2013

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