History

Leading lights in contemporary theatre

THE SCENOGRAPHER magazine was launched in 2002, the fruit of an idea by a group of Italian and British journalists and academics who had previously collaborated on the publication of a magazine on architecture and film. The decision to publish a periodical celebrating the art of production design was reached following an exclusive interview in London for a feature on the Academy Award-winning film production designer Ken Adam, to whom the pilot issue (number 0) was dedicated. This first issue was officially presented in Rome at Cinecittà film studios with the participation of the Italian Association of Scenographers (ASC).

The American Connection
That same year began a ground-breaking collaboration with the Art Directors Guild and the Set Decorators Society in Los Angeles, for over a period of three years, during which THE SCENOGRAPHER team developed contacts with a great number of American production designers. The magazine was presented for three consecutive years at the prestigious Art Directors Guild Awards, for film production designers the awards ceremony that is second only to the Academy Awards.
From 2002 to 2012, the magazine represented a landmark publication worldwide for everyone with an interest in scenography, not least for its wide range of topics covering every aspect of design for entertainment. In a decade of activity over 2000 projects, 600 interviews, essays, in-depth features and monographic issues were published. Countless contributions from film production designers in the USA added to its contents,   among whom: Alex McDowell, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Michael Corenblith, Scott Chambliss, Bo Welch, Stuart Craig, Tom Walsh, Jeannine Oppewall, Grant Major, Patrick Tatopoulos…
SCSA
In 2008, THE SCENOGRAPHER team founded the Study Centre for Scenic Arts (SCSA), a platform for seminars and workshops held in Italy and Great Britain. Three international events in particular stand out, organised in Rome and in London between 2008 and 2010, at which theatre professionals and academics from all over Europe attended.
In that same period collaborative projects took root with the British Film Designers Guild and the Society of British Theatre Designers Guild in the UK.   In Italy a number of preeminent theatre designers and directors were celebrated in features and monographic issues, among whom Pier Luigi Pizzi, Dante Ferretti, Pier’Alli, Ezio Frigerio, Danilo Donati and Luciano Damiani, Pieralli…
A new collection of monographs launched
In 2012, THE SCENOGRAPHER launched a new collection of monographic issues on theatre design. The famed German theatre director, Henning Brockhaus was appointed artistic director of this new series of monographs. Since then, European critics and academics of note have contributed to its contents. Thanks to their expertise THE SCENOGRAPHER continues to be one of the leading journals on stage design in  Europe. The magazine has always been characterized by its elegant graphics and layout, an accurate selection of stunning images and above all by the quality of its articles penned by leading experts.  Today THE SCENOGRAPHER represents a benchmark for everyone who is passionate about scenogaphy,  whether they design, build, teach or study.
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