Standards and Working Procedures

For Designers in the Live Performing Arts Industry in Canada

A Guide for Professional Designers of Sets, Costumes, Lighting, Video/Projection, and Sound, Third Edition, 2018.

The Associated Designers of Canada (ADC) has prepared this guide for Designers of sets, costumes, lighting, video/projection, and sound working in the live performing arts in Canada.


It acts as a valuable aid for ADC Member Designers, technicians, craftspeople, and managers who communicate with Designers during the realization process. It can also provide a basic framework for educating future theatre makers.

The PDF digital version of the Third Edition may be downloaded by clicking on the cover image or by downloading here.

A hardcopy version (English only) is available to purchase for a small fee.  Educational Institution discounts available.  Please contact the office for a quote.

Special thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of the creation of this 3rd edition.

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