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A collaborative art form involving a performance or presentation of a work of art for an audience Theatre
A building in which performances are given theater
The middle of the playing area centerstage
The stage area closest to the audience downstage
The stage area farthest from the audience upstage
The stage area on the right (from the actor's perspective) stageright
The stage area on the left (from the actor's perspective) stageleft
The areas immediately offstage to the left and right of the stage Wings
The backstage area where the actors wait during performances greenroom
This type of stage was slanted down towards the audience to aid visibility raked
Platforms and walkways above the stage used by technicians to adjust and repair instruments catwalks
The area between the stage and the audience where the orchestra plays Orchestrapit
The area in the theater where the audience sits house
The area of the stage behind the proscenium and drapery that is hidden from the audience backstage
Room where the light board operator, sound board operator, and stage manager run the show Booth
A type of stage where the audience sits on only one side of the stage proscenium
A type of stage where the audience sits on three sides of the stage Thrust
A type of stage where the audience sits on all sides of the stage arena
The frontmost part of a proscenium stage, in front of the arch and the grand drape Apron
A type of stage that can be rearranged to become any of the other types of stage blackbox
A type of performance space that was not originally designed for theatrical performance foundspace
Narrow, vertical curtains used to mask the wings and sides of the stage Borders
Short, wide drapes used to conceal lighting instruments and fly space teasers
The steelwork above the stage from which lighting instruments and draperies are hung grid

Stage Directions 1 Crossword

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THE ACTOR'S LEFT ONSTAGE STAGE LEFT
THE PICTURE FRAME OF THE STAGE PROSCENIUM ARCH
AREAS OFFSTAGE LEFT AND RIGHT WINGS
WHEN AN ACTOR WALKS TOWARD THE AUDIENCE DOWNSTAGE
WHEN AN ACTOR WALKS TOWARD THE BACK WALL UPSTAGE
THEATRE SPACE WHERE THE AUDIENCE SITS ON ALL FOUR SUDES ARENA
THEATRE SPACE WHERE THE AUDIENCE SITS ON THREE SIDES THRUST
THEATRE SPACE WHERE THE AUDIENCE SITS ON ONE SIDE PROSCENIUM
WHEN AN ACTOR GOES FROM ONE SIDE OF THE STAGE TO THE OTHER CROSS
RIGHT SIDE OF THE AUDIENCE HOUSE RIGHT
TERM USED FOR A SOLD OUT SHOW FULL HOUSE
AREA BETWEEN THE LIP AND THE PROSCENIUM ARCH/GRAND DRAPE APRON
ANY AREA THE AUDIENCE CANNOT SEE OFFSTAGE
WHEN ACTORS TURN THEIR BODY LEFT OR RIGHT AND FACE THE 9:00 OR 3:00 POSITION PROFILE
THE AREA WHERE THE AUDIENCE SITS HOUSE
THE ACTOR'S RIGHT ONSTAGE STAGE RIGHT
WHEN AN ACTOR IS COMPLETELY FACING THE AUDIENCE AT 6:00 FULL FRONT
BLACK CURTAINS USED TO HIDE THE WINGS (SIDES) LEGS
WHEN ACTORS TURN THEIR BODIES TO THE 7:00 POSITION, THEY ARE FACING ONE QUARTER RIGHT
WHEN ACTORS TURN THEIR BODY TO THE 5:00 POSITION ONE QUARTER LEFT
PROVIDES THE VISION FOR THE PLAY DIRECTOR
A THEATRE WITH ALL BLACK WALLS AND CURTAINS WHERE THE AUDIENCE SITS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE ACTORS BLACK BOX
ALL PLANNED MOVEMENTS ONSTAGE BLOCKING
WHEN A DIRECTOR CHOOSES THE PARTS IN A PLAY CAST
THE STRONGEST POSITION ONSTAGE DOWN RIGHT

Theatre Vocabulary Crossword

Type
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Description

Refers to the words the characters speak, or lines. Dialogue
words the characters sing in the show. Lyrics
Indicates the notes and timing for the songs. Music
Describes the setting and important physical action performed by the characters. Stage directions
Includes dialogue, lyrics, and stage directions. script
Area where actors perform for an audience. stage
where the audience sits to watch the performance. house
anything on the stage within view of the audience. onstage
anything outside the view of the audience. offstage
entire area off and behind the stage. backstage
areas to the side of the stage just out of the audience's view. wings
the entire physical environment onstage. set
when you stand in the center of the stage centerstage
when you face the house, the area behind you upstage
when you face the audience, the area to your left stage left
when you face the audience, the area to the right. stageright
the person who oversees the budget, calendar, and staffing. producer
the person who provides the artistic vision for the show and coordinates all of the creative elements. director
creates and teaches the dances. choreographer
coordinates the construction and painting of the sets, the hanging of the lights and the set-up of the sound system. technical director

Theatre Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

A signal for the stage manager cue
Stage area in front of the proscenium Apron
To secure a set piece to the stage floor anchor
The place where the play will be performed venue
The part of the theater where the audience sits house
The bulb inside a lighting instrument lamp
The right and left side of the backstage area wings
A stage that is built on an upward slant Raked
To help an actor with lines when he is fumbling with them Prompt
Speech or short scene that follow the main action of a play Epilogue

ACTING Crossword

Type
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Description

MOST TRADITIONAL TYPE OF THEATER PROSCENIUM
MOST FLEXIBLE TYPE OF THEATER BLACKBOX
AUDIENCE SITS ON THREE SIDES THRUST
AUDIENCE SITS ON ALL SIDES THEATREINTHEROUND
FATHER OF MODERN ACTING TECHNIQUE STANISLAVSKI
MS. HAGEN OF THE NINE QUESTIONS UTA
WHAT DO I WANT? OBJECTIVE
WHAT'S IN MY WAY? OBSTACLE
WHAT DO I DO TO GET WHAT I WANT? TACTIC
CURVED CURTAIN UPSTAGE FOR EFFECTS CYCLORAMA
FIRST ACTOR THESPIS
MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF SPEECH FOR ACTORS VERBS
SCOTTISH PLAY MACBETH
LAUREN GUNDERSON IS THIS PLAYWRIGHT
DEVELOPS A PLAY'S CONCEPT AND STAGES IT DIRECTOR
FINANCES A PLAY OR MUSICAL PRODUCER
BARE BULB LEFT ON A STAGE AT NIGHT GHOSTLIGHT
AREAS ON THE SIDES OF A STAGE FOR ACTORS ENTRANCES WINGS
A FEW STAEPS IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF THE MAIN MOVEMENT COUNTERCROSS
THE KIND OF "IF" USED BY ACTORS MAGIC
STAGES MUSICAL NUMBERS CHOREOGRAPHER
FINAL LINE OF DIALOGUE IN A PLAY CURTAIN
FINAL LINE OF DIALOGUE IN A COMEDY TAG
AN ACTOR MUST DO THIS WHEN SPEAKING TO BE HEARD BY THE AUDIENCE PROJECT
AN ACTOR MUST HAVE THIS WHEN SPEAKING TO BE UNDERSTOOD BY THE AUDIENCE DICTION
WHERE THE AUDIENCE SITS HOUSE
WHERE THE TECHNICAL ELEMENTS ARE RUN FROM BOOTH
TO FEED AN ACTOR A LINE PROMPT
CORRECT AUDIENCE RESPONSE TO SHOW APPRECIATION APPLAUSE
A UNIT OF ACTION BEAT
MAIN CHARACTER IN A PLAY PROTAGONIST
OVERALL WANT FOR A CHARACTER IN A PLAY SUPEROBJECTIVE
A TYPE OF CIRCUMSTANCE REQUIRED BY A PLAY GIVEN
DOWNSTAGE DRAPE GRAND
WHAT KIND OF PLUCKER ARE YOU NOT? PHEASANT
WHAT KIND OF PRISON WITH A LIFE LONG LOCK? PESTILENTIAL
WHO IS THE BARD OF AVON SHAKESPEARE
SHORTHAND FOR "CROSS" X

Stage Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

A poster advertising a theatrical performance playbill
Objects used on stage during a performance Properties
The back of the stage from the audience's perspective Upstage
Someone who prompts/cues actors who forget lines or stage positioning prompt
The precise staging of actors blocking
The act of speaking or expressing articulation
A mark typically made with tape on a stage floor spike
The process of changing an actor's pitch or tone inflection
The final night of a performance when sets are taken down strike
A genre of drama which includes dancing and singing as an essential part musical theater
Someone who writes plays playwright
A stage that's slanted up from front to back rake
Person in charge of supervising actors, staff, and camera crew director
A genre of theater which includes short sketches, songs, and dances revue
Dramatic entertainment in which background music plays while mimes express meaning through gestures pantomime
A sensational dramatic piece that appeals to emotions melodrama
A speech by one actor that's long and typically tedious monolouge
Sides of a stage used for scenery, performer preparation and circulation; referred to as offstage right and offstage left wings
A tone with no expression that remains the same pitch monotone
Right from the point of view of an actor on a stage facing the audience stageright
Manages finances and functions of a production producer
The rhythm and timing of a drama pace
Someone who dances in a series of steps and moves choreographer
Someone responsible for lighting and technology of a play stagemanager
The front of a stage downstage
Left from the point of view of an actor on a stage facing the audience stageleft
Traditional Japanese drama with stylized song, mime, and dance kabuki
Conversation between two or more people dialogue

Technical Theatre Vocabulary 1 Worksheet

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Matching Worksheet
Description

That area within the performance space within which the actor may move in full view of the audience. ACTING AREA
A passage through seating. AISLE
Any part of the stage that extends past the proscenium arch and into the audience or seating area. APRON
A type of stage in theater where the stage surrounded or nearly surrounded by the audience specifically ARENA
Assists the Stage Manager with all of their responsibilities. This can include attending production meetings, running rehearsals, clerical organization, and insuring the smooth execution of the performances. ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER ASM
Process where the director or casting director of a production asks actors / actresses / performers to show him/her what they can do. AUDITION
The part of the theatre accommodating the audience during the performance. Sometimes known as the "house". From the Latin Audio - "I hear". AUDITORIUM
A painted cloth hung at the back of a theater stage as part of the scenery BACKDROP
The part of the stage and theatre which is out of the sight of the audience. BACKSTAGE
Light modifiers that shape and direct light. They are fixed onto the front of studio or theatre lights. They have 2-4 hinged doors around the light source. That set up, seen right, can be changed so you can control the light shape. BARNDOOR
A bare room with a movable seating area, a movable stage, and a flexible lighting system. BOX OFFICE
1) Subdivision between sections of a play. A short play is a 'One-Act-er', a play with one interval has two Acts etc. Acts are subdivided further into Scenes. 2) To Play a character.. ACT
1) Complete absence of stage lighting. Blue working lights backstage should remain on and are not usually under the control of the board, except during a Dead Blackout (DBO), when there is no onstage light. Exit signs and other emergency lighting must remain on at all times. 2) The act of turning off (or fading out) stage lighting (e.g. "This is where we go to blackout") BLACKOUT
1) Black clothing worn by stage management during productions. 2) Any black drapes or tabs, permanently or temporarily rigged. Used for masking offstage and technical areas. BLACKS
The process of arranging moves to be made by the actors during the play, recorded by stage management in the prompt script. BLOCKING
Two flats hinged together on the vertical edge, to be free standing, and normally used as a backing for a doorway or window. They should always be 'run' with the hinged edge leading, to prevent them opening up. They are free-standing when angled open, allowing quick setting and compact storage. BOOK FLAT
A narrow horizontal masking piece (cloth), normally of neutral color (black) to mask the lighting rig and flown scenery from the audience, and to provide an upper limit to the scene. BORDER
Part of the theatre front of house area where audience members can buy tickets. Most are now computerized, and offer phone reservations. Some offer online (internet) bookings also. BOX OFFICE
Naturalistic setting of a complete room built from flats with only the side nearest the audience (the fourth wall) missing. BOX SET
A superstitious and widely accepted alternative to 'Good Luck' (which is considered bad luck). BREAK A LEG
1) A notification of a working session ( Rehearsal, Band, Photo) 2) The period of time to which the first definition refers. CALL
Following an audition, the director may ask to see a shortlist of actors again for an additional audition to enable the director to make her/his decision. CALLBACKS
The members of the acting company. The Cast List contains the names of the actors and the characters they'll be playing. CAST
The process of the director choosing actors to perform the characters in the play. CASTING
Imaginary line running down the stage through the exact center of the proscenium opening. Marked as CL on stage plans. CENTER LINE
Message passed to Stage Management from the Front of House Manager that the house is ready for the performance to begin. CLEARANCE

TECHNICAL THEATRE VOCABULARY 4 Worksheet

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The backstage and storage areas of the theatre. Also sometimes known as Back of House. REAR OF HOUSE (ROH)
1) A sequence of performances of the same production. 2) A rehearsal of the whole show or a section of it. RUN
A type of stage light ideal fixtures for color blending and creating smooth, even washes of light. SCOOP
1) To prepare the stage for action. 2) The complete stage scenery for a scene or act. SET
What your audience sees on-stage. Normally an unobstructed line of sight between an audience member and the play. SIGHT LINES
Sticking tapes to the floor of the rehearsal space to indicate the ground plan of the scenery. Also for marking position of furniture etc. within a set. SPIKE
A list of the sound cues and when they occur in the script. SOUND PLOT
A raised floor or platform, typically in a theater, on which actors, entertainers, or speakers perform. STAGE
The area of the stage to the actors left. STAGE LEFT
A person responsible for the organization and coordination of an event or theatrical production. STAGE MANAGER
The area of the stage to the actors right. STAGE RIGHT
The act of tearing down the set, returning all rented materials, and put things back where they go, and clean up from the show. STRIKE
Encompasses all that goes into making a staged production. The areas of technical theatre are scenery ,lighting, props,costuming,make-up, hair and sound. All of these areas work together in a production to establish the place, time period, and mood of the production. TECHNICAL THEATRE (TECH)
A rehearsal that focuses on the technological aspects of the performance. TECHNICAL REHEARSAL
General name for any stage staircase or set of steps. TREADS
1) The part of the stage furthest from the audience. 2) When an actor moves behind another and causes the victim to turn away from the audience. Also, an actor drawing attention to himself away from the main action (by moving around, or over-reacting to onstage events) UPSTAGE
Taken by a technician from the action on stage rather than being introduced by the stage manager. VISUAL CUE
The out of view areas to the sides of the acting area. WINGS

Theatre Vocabulary Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

theatre union AEA
person who helps find jobs for actors agent
part of the stage that extends past the proscenium arch apron
switching all lights off at once blackout
actor movement on stage, usually assigned by director blocking
a write-up that usually includes a synopsis of the project and descriptions of the characters/roles in the script breakdown
area of NYC known for its prestigious theatre performances broadway
a show that goes from Broadway to traveling and performing around the country broadway national tour
time at which a performer is expected to be at the theater call time
person who finds and auditions actors to fill roles casting director
person who creates and teaches dances choreographer
performance designed to make a sale, profit commercial
clothing worn for a performance costume
writer who reviews performances critic
conversation between characters dialogue
person who oversees and puts together the production of a play or musical director
rehearsal in which all elements of a show are performed, including costumes dress rehearsal
curtain that is lowered to the stage, often serving as background scenery drop
a group of actors, singers, and/or dancers who perform together on stage ensemble
appointment when actor tries on costume to see if it will work for performance fitting
a system that enables stage crew to hoist components such as curtains, lights, scenery, stage effects and, sometimes, people fly
the movement of any body part to help communicate an idea or an emotion gesture
actor's "waiting room", used before or after a performance or while not onstage during the show green room
actor's picture, used for auditions headshot
words your character says, make sure you learn them! lines
a speech presented by a single character, most often to express their mental thoughts aloud, though sometimes also to directly address another character or the audience monologue
teaches and oversees music for a show music director
a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance musical
the "Big Apple", location of Broadway New York City
theatre performance that does not employ Equity actors nonunion
acting with unnecessary exaggeration overacting
a space at the front of a theater for the orchestra pit
phrase called out when it's time to get to your starting position for the show, always say "thank you ______" places
written by a playwright, performed by actors play
author of a play playwright
a lead actor or role principal
objects used onstage by actors during a performance or rehearsal props
a professional theatre outside New York City regional theater
a practice for a show rehearsal
written text given to each actor, usually on the first day of rehearsal script
performance in which actors have the opportunity to display talents and/or skills learned showcase
instrument which projects a bright beam of light onto the stage spotlight
person responsible for the technical details of a theatrical production, takes full responsibility for the stage during a performance stage manager
the process of tearing down the set, cleaning up, and putting things away on the final night of performances strike
a member of the company who understudies several chorus and/or dancing roles swing
a building where plays are performed theater
actor assigned to learn the part and fill in should the regular actor fall ill or otherwise be unable to perform the role understudy
area directly offstage that hides actors and scenery wing
not performing full out, should not be done unless specified by director/choreographer mark
engaging in and responding to what is currently happening in the scene in the moment

Theatre Arts Vocabulary Worksheet

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Matching Worksheet
Description

a major section of a play; broken into smaller scenes ACT
significant events of a play that support the conflict and help propel the story. ACTION
space on the stage where actors will perform. ACTING AREA
Performer, player, thespian; a person who presents or enacts an artistic work ACTOR
stage configuration where the audience sits on all four sides; theatre-in-the-round ARENA STAGE
people who watch and listen and respond to a performance AUDIENCE
area behind the curtains that the audience cannot see. BACKSTAGE
actors in a play CAST
selecting the actor who will play each role in a show CASTING
Abbreviated C; Middle portion of the stage (when broken into 9 even areas) CENTER STAGE
Turning point in the story; It is the action that causes the protagonist to either reach or miss their goal CLIMAX
The act of working together with one or more people to achieve something COLLABORATION
a clash of opposing forces CONFLICT
Set, Sound, Makeup, Costumes, Lighting, and Sound DESIGN ELEMENTS
Spoken lines in a skit or play; actual words the characters say DIALOGUE
the person in charge of a production; the BOSS of the play DIRECTOR
Abbreviated D or DS; the portion of the stage closest to the audience DOWNSTAGE
Who, what, when, where, why facts within a play. Delivered through stage directions and dialogue. EXPOSITION
French for kind or type; French origin. How we recognize the kind, sort, or style of a play GENRE
place where the audience sits. HOUSE
First important event from which the rest of the plot develops. Establishes the protagonist and goal INCITING ACTION
Abbreviated SL; left side of the stage from the actor’s perspective when facing the audience STAGE LEFT
pieces or sentences of dialogue LINES
The author of a script PLAYWRIGHT
A sequence of events. The plan, scheme, or main story of a dramatic work PLOT
Stage configuration where the audience is on one side. Most popular configuration PROSCENIUM

Unit 1 Vocabulary Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

The words a character will speak in a play. Lines
The person who wrote the play Playwright
Lines between two or more characters. Dialogue
A very long line spoken by one character. Monologue
The portion of a script which tells the actors what to do; in italics. Stage directions
The portion of the stage which is visible when the front curtain is closed. Apron
A style of theatre where the audience completely surrounds the stage. Arena
The offstage area directly behind the back curtain. Backstage
The area of the stage closest to the audience. Downstage
A style of theatre where the audience and stage can be moved around; flexible. Black box
The system of bars which supports the curtains, scenery, and lights. Grid
The 'building' where the audience sits. House
The curtains on either side of the stage. Legs
The style of theatre where the audience is one one side; the professional acting building. PRoscenium
A style of theatre where the audience is on three sides of the stage. Thrust
The area of the stage furthest from the audience. Upstage
The offstage areas on either side of the stage. Wings
The tunnel-like hallways through which the audience enters the house. Vomitorium