Collaboration in Design

By Joanne Martin.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

When designing for the theatre the collaborative process is essential to the production. The director of the production often has the final say in the process, designers often become the "providers of stuff" rather than collaborators in the process. The audience has no interaction with the design process until they are presented with a finished product. The creative process should be design by group process as often the director has no training in design the design should be entrusted to the designers, often when an untrained director or manager of a project gets to make design decisions that sometimes do not serve the production effectively. Maybe there is a way to ensure that the end result is good design that most of the audience will enjoy and that all the designers involved are proud of their work. Maybe there is a system that can be developed for a collaborative process that can include the audience before the production is finished. I would like to include a group of designers and a director for a group discussion.

Keywords: Collaboration in Design for the Theatre

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.45-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 882.492KB).

Joanne Martin

Lecturer and Design Supervisor, Department of Theatre and Dance, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, USA

Joanne Martin received a BA from Central School of Art and Design in London and an MFA from the University of Idaho where she was an Ella Olesen Scholar. Joanne is the Apprentice Design Supervisor for the Santa Fe Opera during their summer seasons. Joanne previously taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of New Mexico. Joanne has also worked for are Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Seattle Opera, Penumbra Theatre, The Great American History Theatre, The Adobe Theatre, The Blythe Eden Dance Company and The Valley Shakespeare Festival, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Shapiro and Smith Dance Company, Illusion Theatre, Skewed Visions, The Minnesota Centennial Showboat, The Lionel Hampton School of Music, City Lights Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Opera San Jose and Pacific Repertory Theatre . Joanne has made costumes for the Emmy Award winning PBS television show, Wishbone. Joanne’s costume designs are included in The Costume Technician’s Handbook, Third Edition. Joanne was most recently written about in “Dressing the Show - Inside the Costume Shop”, an article in Dramatics Magazine, March 2006 and “Careers in Technical Theatre”. Her Designs are seen on the January 2010 cover of Theatre Bay Area Magazine.


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