The Scenographer as Camoufleur

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)


This chapter will consider the scenographic strategies deployed for decoy, camouflage and deception during World War 2 in Europe and the USA, with a focus on the activities by the Allied Forces. It draws on military sources as well as the personal accounts and memoirs of theatre designers and art directors engaged in camouflage units, to demonstrate how the military stratagem of “play-acting” would have been impossible to realize without the stage professionals that were enlisted to design the mises-en-scène created in models, viewing rooms and camouflages. It will also reveal how the military imposed their own vision of war on theatre practice through recruiting manuals, training manuals, propaganda and film.


Camouflage Scenography Joe Mielziner Norman Bel Geddes Theatre designers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK

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