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Introduction to Design


Course Books and Resources. Many, if not all, of the projects assigned in this course will require students to use resources available at the Colby College Libraries, the Runnals Design Studio, the Internet, the Waterville Public Library, and other resources beyond the campus. In a course of this nature no one text can adequately serve the needs of varied design solutions and unique textual interpretations of the plays read. You are strongly encouraged to spend time using the wonderful resources available on campus and beyond. Your creativity, indeed what you get out of this course, will depend on what you use for resources.

Required course texts--in the Colby Bookstore:

Ruhl, Sarah. Eurydice. New York: Samuel French, Inc., 2008. Print.
Wilson, August. Fences. New York: Penguin Group, 1986. Print.
Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie. New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., c1945. Print.

On Electronic Reserve at the Colby Libraries:

Howard, Pamela. What is Scenography? London: Routledge, 2002.

Suggested books on Design and Technical Production in the Colby College Libraries (pdf)

Research. Research, both textual and visual, is the basis for all your scenographic solutions. Indeed, research fuels the creative mind with many choices for textual, dramatic solutions. Therefore, research and your use of "active research" is extremely important in this course. The successful student will pursue research in an active way and bring this newfound knowledge to the class in a dynamic way. Include all research for each unit in your course binder.

Internet Resources:

Colby College Libraries Home Page

Colby College Libraries "Guide to theater and dance information resources in the library and on the web"

Farnham Writer's Center

Colby College Libraries Research and Citation Help

The Owl at Purdue: MLA Formatting and Style Guide

Artstor Digital Library

Design Materials and Art Supplies. Students are expected to purchase the required design kit for TD 135 at Berry's Stationers in downtown Waterville. This kit contains essential design materials for class projects. Additional art supplies and materials will be needed for the completion of projects throughout the semester. The Colby Bookstore, Berry's Stationers, Mardens and local department stores sell supplies needed for these projects.

Directions to Berry's Stationers in Downtown Waterville (pdf)

Spring Semester Productions. You are required to see two productions this semester: Devolution (March 31; April 1-2) and New Works Festival (April 21-23). These two productions present an exciting range of performance styles and scenographic approach. Presented in the Cellar Theater and Strider Theater, admission is free and patrons are seated on a first come, first served basis. Reserve tickets online. It will be important for class discussions about design to have a common experience in the theater witnessing design in action.

This semester many other theater and dance events will be staged in the Runnals Building and on campus by the Department of Theater & Dance, the student drama club Powder & Wig, Colby Dancers, STYLE, Hypnotik, Broadway Musical Review, and other performing groups. Many other events are staged around the state of Maine in professional, college/university, and community theaters. Locally, the Waterville Opera House offers a full season of excellent programming and opportunities for Colby students.

For performance dates and times for Departmental of Theater and Dance productions please see the Theater & Dance web site.