The Prague Summer Theatre School


Introduction to Stage Design

Confront the challenge of creating the mise en scene of a text.

What is the relationship between the chosen theatre space and the performance? How do we shape the space to bring out the meaning of a text? As stage designers, what creative process do we go through on our way to achieving the final design? How do we use our skills to bring out our ideas in the most effective ways? How do we present our work vividly?

Space, performers, light, time. In this course, you will learn about different performance spaces, and will develop your ideas about the role of the space in performance. You will go through the creative process of working with a given dramatic text in a similar way a professional must confront the challenge of staging a text given to him/her by a director.

You will practice some basic ways of presenting your work; for example, you will be challenged to find a way to show dramatic ideas through drawings and models. You will explore and develop your own visual language to present your ideas about the space and its dramatic changes. By the end of the course, you will create a stage design that expresses the visual meaning of the given text. You will present your work in an open atelier.

We will visit a number of classic and contemporary performance spaces as a group during this course.


June 9th to June 27th 2014. You may also enroll in Enlivening the Performer and any Three-Day Intensive. You will need to spend time independently or with other students outside of class doing work for this course.


Tamar Ginati, MFA, is a young scenographer. She graduated from the international master program at the Department of Stage Design at DAMU, where she studied under Professor Jan Dugek. She also studied performance arts design (costume and stage) with costume designer Rakefet Levi at the private college of the stage in Tel Aviv, and a short course in costume design under Gary Thorn at St. Martin's college in London. In Prague, Tamar has worked on performances including Rhinoceros, True West and Marat/Sade, as well as a nonverbal project, Pieces, an international collaboration between a dancer, a singer and a musician. She has also worked internationally on performances like Echter Berliner (English theatre Berlin), Preozmimo Bencic (Croatia), All the Pretty Girls, and Schwarz Gemacht (Israel). Tamar worked on the stage and costume design for the winning show Polio at the Theatre festival competition in Akko, Israel, which received the citation for the best space design among the competition participated shows. Tamar is interested in different type of performances. She is currently based in Berlin.


Photos: Stage Design Open Atelier -­ PSTS 2013.