Type
Crossword
Description

Behind the curtains not visible to the audience. Backstage
A pause in dialogue Beat
The movement and placement of an actor onstage/in a scene Blocking
The obstacles and struggles that a character must overcome to reach their objective Conflict
The action, line, or phrase of dialogue that signals your character to move or speak Cue
The “invisible wall” that is the barrier between the characters in a show and the audience Forth Wall
The background and current circumstances of a character, ranging from who you are, where you are, and why you are doing it. Given Circumstances
Pausing the action of a scene but remaining in character Hold
Setting out to do a scene with no pre-planned or written idea Improvisation
A natural response that an actor responds to in the moment. Impulse
The actor tries to answer the question “If this were real how would I react?” Magic What If
An uninterrupted speech by a character in a performance Monologue
The Why? The reason a character pursues a particular objective or super objective. Motivation
A speech given directly to the audience, ordinarily with no one else on stage. Soliloquy
The heightened consequences for each character of achieving or failing to achieve their objectives. Stakes

ACTING Crossword

Type
Crossword
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

Theatre Vocabulary Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

The carefully selected clothing worn by the actors. Costume
spontaneous use of movement and speech to create a character. Improvisation
Length of time the play will be presented Run
move to a more prominent position Take Stage
A room near the stage where actors await entrance cues and receive guests after the performance. Green Room
derogatory term for exaggerated, unnecessary facial expressions or physical gestures. Mugging
Stagecraft The knowledge and skills required to create the physical aspects of a production Stagecraft
leave the stage Move Off
enter the stage Move On
central thought, idea, or significance of the action of a play. Theme
Direction given by the Stage Manager to signal actors to be in position before each act begins. Places
person who supervises the physical production of a play and who is in charge of the stage during the performance. Stage Manager
last words or action of an actor immediately preceding the lines or business of another actor. Cue
To extemporize stage business or dialogue ad-lib
art of creating and arranging dances onstage. Choreography
block the audience’s view of a person or object cover
The "what happens" in a story plot
To speak loudly so the entire audience can hear you. project
Dismantling the set, costumes and props at the end of the run of a show. strike
A solo speech. Monologue
An improvisational, process-oriented form of drama Creative Dramatics
withdraw to a less obvious position Give Stage
Any action performed on stage Business
role played by an actor as she or he assumes another’s identity Character

Drama terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

The name of a frozen picture in Drama. Tableau
The act of performing without a script. Improvisation
Performers who often work with balloons and red noses. Clowns
Another term for dancing in theatre. Choreography
The person who makes decisions for actors in a play. Director
William ___________________ is a famous playwright. Shakespeare
A small section of a play or act is called a _______________. Scene
Performers with painted white faces. Mime
The name of St. Peter's musical. High School Musical
The theatre where St. Peter's musical is being performed. Showplace
The entire furniture and structures on stage. Set
The name of a place you buy tickets for a production Box Office
A play with a sad ending. Tragedy
A play that is extremely funny Comedy
The award given in Hollywood. (think of a man's name) Oscar
An entire group of actors in a specific play. Cast
An award given in New York for an actor in a musical. Tony
In order for the audience to see actors ___________ is required. Lighting
Actors often wear these so they can be heard. Microphones
Lines or conversation in a play. Dialogue
Another theatre in Peterborough other than Showplace. Market Hall
A person in a play who talks to the audience. Narrator

Theatre Vocabulary Crossword

Type
Crossword
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

Drama Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

A solo speech Soliloqy
When a character speaks their thoughts to the audience Aside
How to perform lines Stage directions
Characters Cast
Chapters that break up the story Acts
The storyline Plot
Plots that intertwine parallel plots
Elements of drama that deliver a theme dramatic effect
A play for theater or an exciting turn of events drama
A character who changes throughout the story Round character
A character who dosent change throughout the story static character
Similar to a round character dynamic character
Similar to a static character flat character
The hero in a story protagonist
The villian in a story antagonist
Conversation between two or more people Dialogue
A long speech by one character monologue
Parts that break up acts scenes
A mental struggle of a character internal conflict
A physical struggle of a character External conflict
Objects used on stage props
Where the story takes place setting
A character's opposite foil
The author of a play playwright
Written text of a play script
Common themes in literature Universal themes
Why a character is the way he or she is Motivation
When a reader theorizes what may come next inference

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

Elements of Drama Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

a list of characters presented before the action begins cast of characters
a long speech spoken by a character to himself, another character, or to the audience monologue
a protagonist with a fatal flaw which eventually leads to his demise tragic hero
thoughts spoken aloud by a character when he/she is alone, or thinks he/she is alone soliloquy
a humorous work of drama comedy
a person or group of people who act as a narrator, commentator, or general audience to the action of the play chorus
a work of literature designed to be performed in front of an audience drama
a division within a play, much like the chapters of a novel act
a serious work of drama in which the hero suffers catastrophe or serious misfortune, usually becuase of his own actions tragedy
italicized comments that identify parts of the setting or the use of props or costumes, give further information about a character, or provide background information; in Shakespeare's plays, these can also appear in brackets, parenthesis, and/or half-brackets stage directions
a division of an act into smaller parts scene
a character who is nearly opposite of another character; the purpose of this is to reveal a stark contrast between the two characters, often the protagonist and the antagonist foil
lines that are spoken by a character directly to the audience aside
a conversation between two or more characters dialogue

Arts and Media Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

A group of musicians who play modern music together BAND
The collective term for music, art, theatre, literature, etc CULTURE
POSTER / A large, printed picture or notice put on a wall, in order to decorate a place or to advertise something POSTER
ALBUM / Several songs or pieces of music on a CD, a record, etc ALBUM
AUDIENCE / The people who sit and watch a performance at a cinema, theatre, etc AUDIENCE
A book, newspaper, etc. that is one of several that are the same and were produced at the same time EDITION
A television or radio station (= broadcasting company) CHANNEL
A television or radio programme or performance SHOW
A very popular book that many people have bought BESTSELLER
A room or building which is used for showing works of art GALLERY
A short period of time between the parts of a play, performance, etc INTERVAL
When objects such as paintings are shown to the public EXHIBITION
The story of a book, film, play, etc.) PLOT
A person in a play or a film PART
A report in a newspaper, magazine or programme that gives an opinion about a new book, film, etc REVIEW
A view or picture of a film, play or show SCENE
A picture, especially on film or television or on a screen IMAGE
All the actors in a film, a play or a show CAST

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

Drama Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

A character is seen by the audience while remaining hidden from fellow actors. concealment
An introduction to a play Prologue
A literary art form that recreates human life and emotions. drama
Usually the main character in a tragedy; of noble birth or great influence, but has a flaw or weakness that leads to his downfall. tragic hero
A part of plot containing a series of conflicts and decisions by the characters, usually in the second act (rising action). complication
an object that stands for something else. symbolism
clues that suggest what might happen later in the plot foreshadow
When the audience knows something that the characters do not dramatic irony
the central idea, message, or one of the main ideas underlying a literary work. theme
The method a writer uses to develop the personality of a character; includes direct statements, appearance, dialect, thoughts characterization
A feeling of sympathy and deep sorrow for the misfortunes of others. Greek word for "suffering." pathos
A drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow tragedy
A struggle between two opposing forces:man vs man, man vs nature; man vs self (can be internal or external conflict) conflict
Statement or situation that seems to be a contradiction but reveals a truth paradox
personality characteristic that helps lead to a character's downfall) tragic flaw
a momentous tragic event, a violent ending in the final act of a tragic play catastrophe
A character whose qualities contrast with those of another character. A writer might use a foil to emphasize or de-emphasize another character’s traits. foil
A character’s remark, either to the audience or to another character that others on stage are not supposed to hear. Its purpose is to reveal the character’s private thoughts. aside
A single person speaking alone– with or without an audience. monologue
A speech that a character gives when he or she is alone on stage. Its purpose is to let the audience know what the character is thinking. This is a type of monologue. Soliloquy