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THE SCENOGRAPHER OPEN STAGE

The Scenographer Open Stage is a prestigious book series and a huge library of images,
source of inspiration for those studying and working in theatre design.

Each book we publish consists of a minimum of 120 to a maximum of 220 pages. The cost of a book may vary depending on the number of pages. The standard cover price is € 45. This is the actual cost of its production. What we have been doing is trying to contain the cost of shipping.  Unfortunately, the prices in 2022 have doubled. Since we ship our books worldwide, we have asked our courier (FEDEX or UPS) for special rates, sharing some of the cost with our readers.

THE RATES

For Europe and the Mediterranean countries the cost of shipping a book is € 12. For the Americas and Asia the cost of shipping is € 22. For the countries of the Far East and Oceania the cost is € 32. These costs are discounted; this is the maximum discount we are currently able to secure. The advantage is that the shipment is trackable and we guarantee delivery.

When purchasing a book you need to email us at (info@thescenographer.org) with the name of the designer you have selected. Please include your mailing address and a daytime phone number, which is required by the courier. 

OUR BOOKS ARE SPECIAL

The value of a book depends on the quality of the texts and the selection of images. Also crucial is the way the works are presented. Our layout is artistic and original. Each book is different from the previous one. This makes it unique in the world of publishing. Our texts are edited by theatre professors from the world’s most prestigious universities, internationally renowned critics, directors and set designers called upon to describe each work presented.

THE PRODUCTIONS, THE DIRECTING, THE SETS FIRST AND FOREMOST MUST BE SEEN

Each book takes three or four months to produce; we journey through the designer’s entire artistic career. We spend months in research, gathering material. Hundreds of images are carefully selected then elaborated, the graphics are often reconstructed and interpreted, the quality of the images are a fundamental rule of our publication. Text includes essays on theatre design, exclusive interviews, testimonials, director’s notes, and set design notes.

THE CHOICE OF LARGE FORMAT

We chose a special format: 24 cm x 30 cm. One image can be presented as a double page spread. Images must be of a very high quality, the colours and the resolution are at the highest level. This makes our books even more valuable. The cover must be laminated, and hardback, for durability.

THE “ON-DEMAND” OPTION

We print what is necessary, and if necessary, we reprint on demand. This means that there is no waste; no book is abandoned on the shelf. But a book can wear out over time. New digital printing technologies allow us to print even a single copy in no time thereby lowering costs and offering an extra special service to our readers. But not only that, the new book will still be up-to-date as it can include the most recent works that the author has submitted. So it is effectively a new book, a service that is offered at special request. This is a privilege.

A COLLECTION OF THEATRE BOOKS OF INTERNATIONAL DEPTH

We work passionately to make theatre designers known worldwide. To do this takes years of enterprise. We started publishing in 2002, and in 20 years we have presented thousands of projects by set designers and directors from all corners of the earth. We especially think of scenography students, and aim to stimulate their curiosity, the ability to look beyond ordinary reality. This is the first step to becoming a set designer. Without this spin, the ability to interpret reality itself, there can be no set design.
The great set designer Josef Svoboda wrote: “The most difficult thing to do in set design is an interior. Everyone thinks it’s the easiest thing, just set up three walls, a ceiling, if you need a floor and that’s it: just vary the style. But so it’s not a dramatic space…. It’s just a room…” This is why our books are fundamental to the study of set design because they feature a hundred rooms interpreted in a hundred different ways by a hundred set designers.  Our books are an added value to every production design course in universities and Academies of Fine Arts around the world.

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