About Us

QSM has been publishing in the design and entertainment field for 50+ years. Our more than 380 titles have spanned the glamorous (Tony Award-winning plays and musicals), the stylish (costume, fashion, and design), and the professional (management, movement, vocal training, sound, scenery, and entertainment architecture). QSM has co-published with major museums including London’s Victoria & Albert and Colonial Williamsburg, and well known UK publishing houses.

 Our History

1967 — The Fantasticks
by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt

One day a composer and a lyricist go looking for a publisher for their show,  The Fantasticks! Who knew this would turn out to be the longest running musical in history? Tom and Harvey of course went on to write lots more musicals.

1967 — The Use and Training of the Human Voice by that revolutionary Arthur Lessac

He was the charming and enormously energetic, go-to-guy in voice training. And of course the originator of “The Lessac System”.

1969 — Edward Albee:
Playwright in Protest

Believe it or not Michael Rutenberg’s was  the first critical study of this then not-very well known playwright.  Need we say more?

1969 — Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie. Smash hit on Broadway, won lots of Tonys, made into a film. Never could figure out why the producers wouldn’t let us use the show poster as the jacket cover.

1969 — Face Painting
in Chinese Opera

In 1969, this was fairly esoteric and exotic stuff.  But we were interested and hoped it would be inspiring for designers.

1969 —Producing on Broadway

An absolute first! No one had ever written a book that explained the process.  We think it’s responsible for a lot of new producers finding their way on Broadway.

1969 — Projected Scenery
by Thomas Wilfred

Projected scenery in those days was about as close to science fiction as you could get.  Revolutionary then. Accepted practice now. Thanks to Thomas Wilfred!

1969 — From Option to Opening

Another first. This book actually explained step-by-step how to produce Off-Broadway.  Remember when that was really affordable?

1969 — Stanislavsky’s Protégé:
Eugene Vakhtangov

First contemporary study of this protégé of Stanislavsky and our first translation from the Russian. Trying to warm up the cold war, just a bit.

1970 — Black Image on the American Stage 1770-1970

Jim Hatch’s Seminal study Black Image on the American Stage 1770-1970. A Black theatre first.

1970 — Theatre Lighting: A Manual of the Stage Switchboard

By Louis Hartman with a Foreword by David Belasco. Stan Miller and Ariel Davis brought us this important out of print book. Hartman was Belasco’s chief electrician.  Everything you might need to know about gas lighting, the transition into electrics  and the breakthroughs created by David Belasco’s chief electrician, Louis Hartman.

1971 — Chinese Opera and Painted Face

Hey, we really are intrigued by Chinese Opera and its traditions.

1975 — Pippin

Well, for a moment, no one was sure it would make it past opening night…but it of became a big hit. Look how far Stephen Schwartz has gone!

1975 — Theatres, Spaces, Environments: 18 Projects

Revolutionary concepts that destroyed the boundaries and barriers between audience and actors explained by the groundbreaking team of Richard Schectner, Brooks McNamara and Jerry Rojo.

1975 — The Fantasticks and Celebration

Two of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s favorite musicals.

1976 — Theatre Props
by Motley

This dynamic and busy British design team share their years of practical insight on prop making and design.

1977 — The Shadow Box

Won the Tony and Pulizer prize that year for its unstinting look at the last days of the terminally ill.  And hey…Mandy Patinkin was in the cast.

1977 — Patterns of Fashion 1: 1660-1860

This fashion historian and costume designer changed the face of costume books with this, the first in her series of detailed patterns.

1977 — Pattern of Fashion 2: 1860-1940

Janet Arnold continues her series of detailed patterns –this time for the 19th and 20th century.

1977 — The Theatre of Images

Robert Wilson, Richard Foreman, and Mabou Mines full color comic book—what more do we need to say. Another first.

1979 — The Theatre of Meyerhold: Revolution on the Modern Stage

Our first full page New York Times Sunday book review by co-founder of The Group Theatre. A rave! But, guess we were the only people who thought that Meyerhold was important.

1979 — Marowitz Shakespeare

Visionary takes on Shakespeare by influential critic, director and playwright.