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The Darwin Reid Payne Theater Collection consists of scene designs, set models, and illustrations by Darwin Reid Payne. They are part of larger collection of papers and designs donated by Payne to the Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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Darwin Reid Payne (BA, MFA, and DFA (hon) Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) was an adjunct professor of scenography at Wake Forest University at Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and also a lecturer on scenographic model making at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He was formerly chairman of the theater department at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In addition to designing and directing at summer stock, regional and university productions throughout the United States and Canada, he was also involved with the integration of traditional scenographic rendering techniques with computer graphics technology.
Mr. Payne may be best known for his theatre design texts. In particular his Theory and Craft of the Scenographic Model was the first text on model building to treat the model as a tool in the creation of the design. His Design for the Stage: the First Steps was also the first text to treat design separate from stagecraft. His Computer Scenographics was also the first text on using computer-aided design software for scenery. In 2006, Payne received a special citation from United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). The citation was "in recognition of the profound and enduring contribution you have achieved in your roles as scene designer, educator, and author. USITT honors your innovation, creativity, and inspiration, as well as your contributions to theatrical design education."
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