What does a scenic designer do in theatre?

Theatres are places consisting of seating for the audience and stage where public ceremonies, plays, and music are performed. Theatres are important platforms where individuals can foster and showcase their creativity, talents, and art. This enhances the production of high-quality music, plays and creative art.

What does a scenic designer do in theatre?

A scenic designer also called production or set designer helps in the creation of the visual world of musical and play. They are also involved in communicating and working with the producers, directors, various members of the staff and costume designers. They are also involved in attending rehearsals, reading scripts, producing drawings, plans and viewing outside broadcast sites. Their role is to also estimate set costs, planning and managing budgets.

What are the 6 elements of theatre?


The plot is the arrangement of incidents and events on the stage. The plot comprises of all the clearly defined challenges or problems that the characters are supposed to solve. The plot is different and distinct from a story that shows a systematic detail of events that happen off and on the stage. A plot created by the playwright should be both astonishing and credible.


Characters are agents of the plot and provide reasons or motivations for the incidents in the plot. Vivid and credible characters face various challenges and eventually overcome the obstacles.


The theme is the main reason why the playwright was written. It is the main topic that explains the events and incidents in the play.


Language is the communication gestured or spoken by vivid characters in the play. Characters use the language to express themselves while facing and overcoming difficulties and challenges.


Rhythm is the heart of the play and it’s the pattern or variation of weak or strong elements of sound. Character, plot, spectacle, and language all have their individual and specific rhythms in time. The combination and composition of all these rhythms lead to a final climax that is created by an impelling force of the play.


The spectacle is everything that is heard and seen on the stage. Comprises of what is viewed and heard on the theatre stage such as costumes, sets, actors, sound, and lights.

What are the 4 types of stages?

Arena theatres

This is a large scale auditorium with audiences on all sides with a midpoint stage area. The stage area is rectangular, with tiered seating and looks more like a sports arena.

Proscenium stages

They are stages that have an architectural frame, gently sloped and deep rising away from the audience. They are also called proscenium arch theatres and includes an orchestra pit for live shows and music.

Studio theatres

They are mainly single rooms painted black, usually flexible performance spaces and the first audience row being of the same level as the floor stage. These spaces mostly allow a wide range of productions to be presented.

Thrust stages

The thrust stage is an area that is usually semi-circular and may take any number of sides. These stages are mostly used to increase the intimacy between the audience and the actors.