Written by Paul
Carter. The new 3rd edition.
Every Stage Technician's Bible.
is the industry standard "book of knowledge." It's packed with all
the technical information you need on stage. Hundreds of illustrations,
tables and charts.
IS A "MUST HAVE" BOOK. Whether you are a new hire or "old-timer,"
this book has the information you need. It covers tools, hardware,
materials, electric, shop math, architecture, and more. Visuals
cover everything from stock sizes and specs of wood screws, safe
rope working loads, 22 types of standard lamp bases, and so much
should be the first book in any technician's library.
By Mario Bigon
and Guido Regazzoni 255 pgs, Softcover
is the knot tying book I've been looking for. Learn how to
tie any knot used onstage and for yachting. Finally
I've found a book with full color photos and instructions that are
easy to follow. Each strand of rope is a different color.
This is definitely the best book I've ever found to teach anyone
how to tie knots.
Reference Book and Pocket
These great little books are concise all-purpose references Pocket
Ref features hundreds of tables, maps, formulas, constants & conversions.
Index of information.
Handyman in your Pocket is perfect reference for handymen, maintenance
people, engineers, scientists, industrial workers, contractors,
and builders and of course, stagehands. It contains 768 pages of
facts, tables, and vital information.
Both books fit in your shirt pocket.
Theatre Words -- World Edition
theatre terminology into seven languages. Cross-indexed in words
and pictures. English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean
two editions are still available. Order them by phone, fax or email.
English, French, German, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish,
Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, and Italian will be added sometime
in the future.
Northern Europe Edition
English, French, German, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Icelandic, Lithuanian,
Norwegian, Russian and Swedish
Grips, and Best Boys
by Eric Taub,
small pocket format
pgs. Explains the movie business from behind the scenes. An interesting
narrative with interviews from the crew to the top. All the jobs
that interact to make a motion picture are covered in this candid,
Backstage A to Z
Written by Warren
Lounsbury and Norman Boulanger. 213 pages. (1991)
of two terrific A to Z books.
encyclopedia of terms from theatre slang to high technology. Hundreds
of diagrams, photos, drawings and charts explain everything from
stage braces and trammel points to projectors and a pool with a
crosslight and a wash.
Rigging" formerly known as "Arena Rigging"
Same book just a different title
by Harry Donovan
Hundreds of drawings, pictures and tables. 700 pgs.
a book that really explains arena rigging. For the novice and experience
alike...everyone can learn something from this book. Harry's been
teaching this subject for years in special week-long seminars. Now
he's put all that information on paper.
The book discusses all aspects of entertainment rigging. And for
those of you not in the entertainment business, 90 percent of the
information is applicable to other trades that use rigging, such
as construction, mining, material handling, logging, longshore work,
cranes, and industrial rigging.
love this book. It includes many drawings actually showing you the
right and wrong ways to do your job. You know, a lot of things SEEM
like they might be right when you're doing them but are actually
incorrect and that affects SAFETY...of both yourself AND the people
under you. It's a wealth of valuable information for both the riggers
in the air and the ground riggers that support them.
I highly recommend this book.
CD w/ Manual (on disk) and Reference Cards
Here's a computer program that computes and adjusts rigging geometry
and forces, calculates positions, lengths, and forces for bridles,
breastlines and deadhangs. It manages any number of loads simultaneously,
of any weight and at any location, rigged from beams at any location.
It does solutions in both 2 and 3 dimensions. Individual solutions
can be adjusted to fit a particular situation. It supports files of
beams and show rigging points. Solutions can be viewed individually,
printed, recorded, and exported in spreadsheet form singly or as part
of a group.
What comes with the software? You get two laminated reference cards,
RigRight 1.0 on CD, comprehensive manual and key.
System Requirements: RigRight 1.0 runs in Windows. It needs 20 MB
of RAM, 10 MB space on the hard drive, and a screen resolution of
800 x 600 or higher.
to Fall Protection
by J. Nigel
Ellis, Ph.D., CSP, P.E.
guy with that many initials after his name ought to know what he's
this is a great book published by the the American Society of Safety
Engineers. The new 2nd edition is now a hard cover book. It's
an 8 1/2"x11" oversize book 30% larger than the 1st edition loaded
with diagrams to explain everything about safety when it comes to
fall protection. It's absolutely the most comprehensive fall
protection guide and is highly recommended for anyone involved in
providing for the safety of others as well as anyone interested
in their own safety when working high.
Health & Safety Guidelines for School Theater Operations
Also known as "Dr. Doom's Book"
by Randall Davidson,
434pgs., large format, hard cover, 2005
book leaves "no stone unturned" as the famous Dr. Doom
searches for the dangers lurking in every corner of your theatre.
His stated purpose is to "motivate major re-thinking and necessary
changes regarding health and safety practices in the performing
arts at all educational levels." While that's quite a mouthful,
the book illustrates many of the dangers you have very likely just
gotten used to or assumed that "every theatre was like this."
Lots of pictures show in detail the many dangers in all aspects
of the theatre from the stage to the flys; from the house to the
outside areas surrounding the theatre. An easy read, this book will
send you into the theatre with "new eyes."
by Jay O. Glerum.
first edition was like a guided tour of the pin rail. The second
edition expanded on that with practical, use-based information. Now
the third edition covers the design, operation, and maintenance of
stage-rigging equipment in a simple and easy to understand manner.
This fully indexed third edition includes three new parts: the first,
an explanation of inspection procedures for rigging systems; the second,
a discussion of training in the operation of rigging systems; and
the third, essential information about the operation of fire curtains.
The remaining six parts, as well as the glossary and bibliography,
have been updated.
This edition also contains a new preface, many new illustrations,
and expanded information on Nicopress terminations. Glerum explains
that four main principles make up the core of this book: know the
rigging system; keep it in safe working order; know how to use it;
and keep your concentration. Glerum applies these principles to all
of the major types of stage rigging systems, including block and tackle,
hemp, counterweight, and motorized. He describes each type of rigging,
then thoroughly reviews the operating procedures and methods of inspecting
This is information EVERY stagehand, not just riggers, should know.
by Bill Newberry,
128 pgs., small pocket format
is a handy reference handbook sized to fit your shirt or back pocket
so its expertise is with you when you need it on thejob. Primarily
written for heavy construction riggers, it contains much valuable
and absolutely necessary information for the theatrical and arena
Lighting Technician's Handbook
Written by Harry
C. Box. 431pages. 150 illustrations. 100 tables.
intended as a film electrician's guide, this book has lots of cross-over
information valuable to any theatre, television or concert electrician.
a down to earth guide to pracitices, equipment and "tricks of the
trade" for those who are really going to do the job. Includes electrical
distribution and regulation, HMI and arc light operation, set protocol,
effects lighting, light manipulation, stands, mounting hardware
and much more.
Written by James
cover, Large Format
James L. Moody is a contributing editor for Lighting Dimensions
emphasis is placed on rock-and-roll concert lighting techniques
and equipment. Takes the reader "on tour," covering all phases of
the production from preproduction, design, road problems, equipment,
video, rigging, special effects, arenas and more.
Practical Guide to Stage Lighting
Written by Steven
The nuts and bolts of the construction and implementation of theatrical
lighting design. Comprehensive analysis of lighting systems along
with step-by-step examples and illustrations. Experience-based tips,
techniques and traps to avoid in preparing and executing a lighting
design. Stories explain why some techniques succeed while others
fail. The realities of working in the theater using practical methods
to squeeze flexibility out of a lighting system along with solutions
to common problems. A practical approach to lighting design including
experience-based tips and traps to avoid. Includes a full step-by-step
examination of the documents used in creating the lighting design.
474 pgs., 2006
you need to know in an easy to understand book about automated lighting
fixtures, systems, how they are used and design issues you will
face using them. It's packed with lots of detailed information for
both experienced and novice alike. Subjects covered include the
history of automated lighting, DC and AC electricity, basic electronics,
power supplies, digital electronics, electro-mechanical systems,
optical systems (including dichroic filters, reflectors, lenses,
and more), lamp technology, lighting effects (including color mixing,
glass gobos, and more), data distribution systems, DMX, RDM, and
ACN. State-of-the-art automated lighting fixtures in various applications
including theatre, television, concert/touring, and permanent installations
are discussed as well as special design issues. That covers about
high quality drawings and pictures illustrate the text. This up-to-date
book with sections on the newest technologies in automated lighting
is easier to read than your standard reference or user manual. It
is entertaining and educational with lots of graphic illustrations
and easy-to-understand concepts. Its the most fun you can have without
sitting behind a console.
Sound & Lighting Systems
Written by John
Vasey. 183 pages.
100 photos and
a comprehensive look at equipment and setup procedures for touring
how to set up, maintain and operate the equipment used in rock concerts.
Includes a glossary of terms, electrical formulas and wiring information.
Complete discussion on how all the parts fit together to create
a professional , safe and efficient show.
good book to keep with you on the road.
Scenery Construction Handbook
Written by Bill
Raoul. 150 full page drawings. 245 pages.
drawings cover construction techniques for all kinds of stock scenery
-- muslin flats, hardwalls, door units, parallels, ramsp, stairs
and much, much more.
reading written with a sense of humor. Don't go into the shop without
By William H.
Lord 134 pgs, 1991 Oversize, Softcover
book is subtitled 'A complete Guide to Backstage Work.' It's an
introductory book covering all the fundamentals of a stagehands
iob. The what, when and why of all backstage equipment and how to
use it. Originally intended as a high school text, it has been used
successfully by several IA locals for their new hires.