World Scenography 1990-2005

World Scenography Book Project
Mission Statement

World Scenography is a new book series that documents significant contemporary theatrical design worldwide since 1975. There has been no comprehensive documentation of global scenography since the four-volume series Stage Design Throughout the World, by Belgian professor René Hainaux, covered the period 1935-1975. This new series, to be published both in print and online, will cover the periods of 1975-1990, 1990-2005, and 2005-2015 respectively. The first volume was launched at the USITT Conference in Long Beach, California, in March 2012; the second is scheduled to appear at the World Stage Design 2013 in Cardiff, Wales; and the third at the Prague Quadrennial 2015. It is anticipated that following the publication of these three volumes, OISTAT will continue to publish another volume every ten years. The book series is an official project of OISTAT, the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians. The international editorial team for World Scenography is led by co-editors Peter McKinnon (Canada) and Eric Fielding (USA). led by co-editors Peter McKinnon (Canada) and Eric Fielding (USA).

World Scenography is a project of the Publications and Communications Commission of the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians and is endorsed by the International Federation for Theatre Research, the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts, the International Association of Theatre Critics, the Theatre Library Association, the International Theatre Institute and is generously funded by Brigham Young University, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts

Book Description

This is the second volume of the World Scenography book series that documents for posterity a collection of significant and influential theatrical set, costume, and lighting designs. The first volume documented 1975-1990. This one covers 1990-2005 and presents designs for 409 productions from 55 countries representing the work of hundreds of designers as researched by a group of more than 100 dedicated volunteers from around the globe.

Ground-breaking productions highlighted include The Lion King, An Inspector Calls, Blue Man Group, Cabaret, the 2000 Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, several stunning productions of The Ring Cycle, along with the Bregenz Festival’s Nabucco, West Side Story, Porgy & Bess, and La Bohème; Teatro da Vertigem’s The Book of Job and Apocalypse 1:11; and Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère, O, and Kà.

Many the designs have been honored previously with such awards as the Olivier, Tony, Obie, Alfréd Radok, Golden Mask, and Molière, along with gold medals from the Prague Quadrennial and World Stage Design.

Among the many notable designers documented are Dale Chihuly, Bob Crowley, Koji Hamai, Dorita Hannah, Kazue Hatano, Pamela Howard, Richard Hudson, Mary Kerr, Yannis Kokkos, Michael Levine, William Ivey Long, Santo Loquasto, Richard Peduzzi, Cameron Porteous, Marina Raytchinova, Rosalie, Simona Rybáková, J. C. Serroni, Jiro Shima, Jean-Marc Stehlé, Ichiro Takada, Jennifer Tipton, George Tsypin, Joe Vanek, Tony Walton, Austin Wang, Herbert Wernicke, and Sue Willmington.

McKinnon and Fielding led an international team of researchers and associate editors to produce World Scenography 1975-1990 and, now, 1990-2005. The World Scenography book series was inspired by and seeks to build on the foundation established by the four volumes of Stage Design Throughout the World that were edited by Belgian professor René Hainaux and covered 1945 thru 1975. This book series started with a remark from Eric Fielding at the Honourable Scenographers’ Forum at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007 and a proposal by Peter McKinnon during their dinner that followed. Plans are for OISTAT to publish a third volume in the series documenting 2005-2015 with subsequent volumes each decade thereafter.


The book series is being published by the International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) and is a project of the OISTAT Publications and Communication Commission. OISTAT is a UNESCO-recognised organisation. Through its member centres and its individual and associate members, OISTAT draws together theatre production professionals from around the world for mutual learning and benefit. Its working commissions are in the areas of scenography, theatre technology, publications and communication, history and theory, education, and architecture. Both of the editors have worked for many years to benefit theatre professionals internationally through their involvement in OISTAT.


Eric Fielding is professor emeritus of scenic design at Brigham Young University; 30-year member of United Scenic Artists 829; USITT Fellow, former Vice-President, Founders’ Award and Lifetime Member Award recipient; and former editor of TD&T. He served as designer for the gold medal-winning American exhibit at PQ’91; and was creator of the World Stage Design exhibition and director of its first mounting in Toronto, March 2005.

Peter McKinnon is professor of design and management at York University in Toronto; lighting designer on some 450 shows, principally dance and opera; an organizer of the Canadian exhibit at PQ’07; past president of Associated Designers of Canada; and 16-year member of the OISTAT executive committee. He has produced shows off- and on-Broadway and in Edinburgh. He edited One show, One Audience, One Single Space by Jean-Guy Lecat.


World Scenography 1990-2005
by Eric Fielding & Peter McKinnon, co-editors
ISBN OISTAT: 978-92-990063-3-7 (hardcover), 978-92-990063-4-4 (softcover)
ISBN NHB: 978-1-84842-450-0 (hardcover), 978-1-84842-451-7 (softcover)
Number of pages: 432 pages
Images: 1300, color and B&W
Language of text: English
Format: 228mm x 310mm/9″ x 12″ (softcover edition); 236mm x 312mm/9.5″ x 12.5″ (hardcover edition)
Publication date: November 2014
Country of publication: Taiwan
Publisher: OISTAT (International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians)

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