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George C. Izenour

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The most recent innovation brought to theater technology by the eminent theater designer George C. Izenour is a "trans-sondant" curtain, mimicking a wall, which allows halls visually to metamorphose into small or large performance spaces while retaining optimum acoustic quality in both guises. A full set of drawings and photographs of the first trans-sondant structure, in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts (1995), is one of the new features in the second edition of this incomparable reference guide to theater engineering and technology.

Izenour ties detailed information on construction, lighting, acoustical structures, electro-mechanical-hydraulic systems, and stage controls to a rich history of technological developments from the invention of the proscenium stage in late Renaissance Italy to the contributions of our own time. All the drawings are produced on the same scale for plan, transverse section, and perspective section. Theater Technology is a reference and source of ideas and inspiration for students, teachers, and practitioners in fields including acoustics, structural engineering, design, lighting, and architecture for the theater. For theater and architecture buffs it offers a detailed and illustrated history of the field and speculation on its future directions.

George C. Izenour, professor emeritus of theater design at the Yale Drama School, has designed more than one hundred theaters around the world. He is the inventor of the Izenour board, a highly sophisticated mechanism for lighting control that is the most widely used instrument of its kind.

"In the last hundred years only a handful of studies in theater architecture and theatre technology can be called 'seminal'. . . . The three Izenour volumes are the most brilliant and original of all these works and indisputably a reference of the highest order. There is really nothing comparable."—Dr. Joel E. Rubin, Theatre design & Technology

"A massive, sumptuous, and formidable book. . . . Its graphics are museum quality and its comprehensive text delineates the technologies of our theatre on a panoramic scale. Taken together with its companion volume Theater Design, it is the most important, innovative, and brilliant work of the last three generations in the field of theatre design and technology."—Joel E. Rubin, Theatre Crafts

"While others only refer to the technology that was available in previous centuries, Mr. Izenour has provided us with one of the finest detailed summaries of the development of technology in theaters."—Richard Talaske, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

ISBN: 9780300067668
Publication Date: March 25, 1997
588 pages, 12 x 11 3/8
870 b/w illus.
Roofed Theaters of Classical Antiquity

George C. Izenour; Foreword by Robert Venturi

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