The New stagecraft

Authored by: David Bisaha

The Routledge Companion to Scenography

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138917804
eBook ISBN: 9781315688817
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The New Stagecraft was a scenographic movement that adapted European modernist practices for the American theatre. Its adherents were stage decorators and architects, who would only later call themselves scenic designers. The New Stagecraft rejected conventionalism and the detailed realism of the previous generation, instead valuing simplification, suggestion, and unity of the stage picture (Macgowan 1914: 416). It also supported the professionalization of designing and, as a result, New Stagecraft tenets undergird much twentieth-century American scenic practice. Robert Edmond Jones, Lee Simonson, Jo Mielziner, Norman Bel Geddes, and Joseph Urban were practitioners of the New Stagecraft, and their designs have become touchstones for the movement.

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