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 Terms Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

person who oversees the work of everyone invlolved in the play director
person in charge of the clothing worn by the actors in a performance costume designer
person responsible for the musical content of a production music director
one who performs a role or represents a character in a play actor
person who gives lighting and sound cues backstage stage manager
person who plans the scenery for the play set designer
person who writes the musical or play playwright
person in charge of the objects used by the actors on stage prop master
person who plans the kinds of lights to show the setting and mood of each part of the story lighting designer
person who designs the dance steps choreographer

Musical Theatre Terminology Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

Performed without preparation Ad Lib
musical in which the basic story is taken from another source such as a book, an opera or a play without music Adaption
Planning the moving on the stage throughout the show, usually referring to non-musical sections Blocking
The "theatre" section of New York City Broadway
The actors, actresses, dancers, and singers who perform in a musical Cast
Stage dancing, or organized movement Choreography
The person who creates the Dance Moves Choreographer
The person who writes the music for a show Composer
The appearance of the cast following a performance of a musical or play, in groups or individually Curtain Call
The main person in charge of the action on the stage, he/she instructs the cast and crew Director
the closing musical number in a show. It usually includes the entire cast Finale
The book, script, or dialogue of a play. Libretto
The person who writes the words for the songs in the show Lyricist
Comedy A theatrical production, typically of a sentimental or humorous nature that consists of musical numbers and dialogue based upon a unifying theme Musical Comedy
A musical, theatrical production that has no spoken dialogue. The entire story is told in song Opera
A selection (introduction) played by the orchestra at the beginning of a musical, consisting of short sections of the songs to be performed in the show Overture
The person or organization financing and supervising the making and public presentation of a play Producer
The person or organization financing and supervising the making and public presentation of a play Plot
The "repeat" of a song already heard in the musical. It is usually shorter than the original, and often sung by a different character Reprise
Backdrops, furniture, and other large structures and properties used on the stage to provide atmosphere Set
Once a year, this is given to plays and musicals in a ceremony honoring excellence in the theatre Tony Award
The main plan of story Plot

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 4 Worksheet

Type
Matching Worksheet
Description

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 Arts Vocab Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

A person who performs a role in a play, work of theatre, or movie. Actor
A person or a situation that opposes another character’s goals or desires. Antagonist
The clear and precise pronunciation of words. Articulation
The planning and working out of the movements of actors on stage. Blocking
A personality or role an actor/actress re-creates. Character
A reading of a script done by actors who have not previously reviewed the play. Coldreading
A theatrical work that is intentionally humorous. Comedy
Opposition of persons or forces giving rise to dramatic action. Conflict
Clothing worn by an actor on stage during a performance. Costume
Opinions and comments based on predetermined criteria that may be used for self- evaluation or the evaluation of the actors or the production itself. Critique
The conversation between actors on stage. Dialogue
The pronunciation of words, the choice of words, and the manner in which a person expresses himself or herself. Diction
The person who oversees the entire process of staging a production. Director
The final few rehearsals just prior to opening night in which t the audience from theatrical illusion and following focus on the play’s message. Dressrehearsals
In literary and dramatic studies, refers to the main types of literary form, principally tragedy and comedy. Genre
A spontaneous style of theatre through which scenes are created without advance rehearsal or a script. Improvisation
Cosmetics and sometimes hairstyles that an actor wears on stage to emphasize facial features, historical periods, characterizations, and so forth. Make-up
Coverings worn over the face or part of the face of an actor to emphasize or neutralize facial characteristics. Masks
A long speech by a single character. Monologue
A type of entertainment containing music, songs, and, usually, dance. Musicaltheatre
The highness or lowness of voice Pitch
The stage representation of an action or a story; a dramatic composition. Play
A person who writes plays. Playwright
The main character of a play and the character with whom the audience identifies most strongly. Protagonist
Practice sessions in which the actors and technicians prepare for public performance through repetition. Rehearsal
The written text of a play. Script
The area where actors perform. Stage
Information that is implied by a character but not stated by a character in dialogue, including actions and thoughts. Subtext
A silent and motionless depiction of a scene created by actors, often from a picture Tableau
To imitate or represent life in performance for other people; the performance of dramatic literature. Theatre
Noncompetitive games designed to develop acting skills. Theatregames
The characteristics of a voice, such as shrill, nasal, raspy, breathy, booming, and so forth. Vocalquality
The degree of loudness or intensity of a voice. Volume

Theatre Arts Vocabulary Word Search

Type
Word Search
Description

Facial Expression
Manipulation
Puppet
Commercial
Performance
Actor
Composer
Musical
Play
Stage
Projection
Articulation
Script
Conflict
Scenery
Setting
Producer
Director
Ensemble
Costume
Prop
Improvisation
Characterization
Pantomime

Musical Theater Crossword

Type
Crossword
Description

The person in charge of everything that happens on the stage. Director
The person in charge of the music for the entire show. Musical director
The people that portray characters. Actors
Instrumentalists that play the music for the musical. Orchestra
Person that teaches the dances in a musical. Choreographer
The person in charge of scenery for a play or musical. Set Designer
Person in charge of what the actors wear. Costume Designer
People working back stage and on stage making sure scenery moves, props are out, curtains open and close. Stage crew
Book with all the actors' lines Script
An object used on stage during a performance Prop
Actors go to many of these before a performance Rehearsals
People watching a performance Audience
Time in between acts of a play or musical Intermission
Makes sure actors can be seen and creates mood with lights Lighting Designer

Drama Terms Word Search

Type
Word Search
Description

projection
upstage
tragedy
theme
technical theatre
tableau
stage manager
stage right
stage left
stage crew
set stage
scene
role
rehearsal
props
plot
playwright
play
performance
pantomime
monologue
interpretation
objective
improvisation
house
fourth wall
dress rehearsal
down stage
director
diction
cue
conflict
comedy
characterization
center stage
cast
blocking
backstage
audition
audience
actor
act

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

Theatre Word Search

Type
Word Search
Description

CAST
CREW
CHORUS
CHOREOGRAPHER
ACTRESS
ACTOR
CHARACTER
AUDIENCE
PERFORMANCE
LIGHTING
DIRECTOR
ROMEO & JULIET
FLEX STAGE
EXPRESSIONISM
COSTUME
STAGE
THEATER
AUDITORIUM
ROMANCE
DRAMA
MODERNISM
BLACK BOX
COMEDY
NATURALISM
REALSIM