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What We Do

What We Do
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We make videos about theatre terms

The theatre has hundreds of specialized words and phrases. We define them with fun, short videos.

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We add essays to every video

Want to go deeper? Along with a video, every term we define gets an essay that explains its history, usage, and alternate meanings.

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We ask what YOU think

Want to add a definition? Share a story? Make your own video? Every dictionary term also has a blog page where you can join the conversation.

From The Blog

From The Blog
  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term sung through. On sung through’s official page, we define the term as “a musical where all (or almost all) of the text is rendered in song.” But now we want to know what the term sung through means to you. You can use the comments section [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term chewing the scenery. On chewing the scenery’s official page, we define the term as “to overact or act in a way that is distracting.” But now we want to know what the term chewing the scenery means to you. You can use the comments section to [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term off-book. On off-book’s official page, we define the term as “having memorized all your lines in a script, and also knowing your cues for when to say them.” But now we want to know what the term off-book means to you. You can use the comments [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term break a leg. On break a leg’s official page, we define the term as “theatre slang for good luck” since actually saying “good luck” is considered unlucky. But now we want to know what the term break a leg means to you. You can use the [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term callback. On callback’s official page, we define the term as “a followup audition where an actor gets another chance to impress and, hopefully, land a role.” But now we want to know what the term callback means to you. You can use the comments section to [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term doubling. On doubling’s official page, we define the term as “when an actor plays more than one part in a show.” But now we want to know what the term doubling means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us. – What’s the [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term TYA (theatre for young audiences). On TYA’s official page, we define the term as “theater performed in the presence of young people,” though one of the adorable kids interviewed in the video has a more evocative way of putting it: “lots of funny, serious, mad and [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term non-Aristotelian structure. On non-Aristotelian structure’s official page, our friends at A Host of People define the term as… well, they didn’t do a traditional definition at all. That’s because this kind of theatre is hard to pigeonhole. It can be experimental, epic and generally rebels against [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term house. On house’s official page, we have defined the term as “the part of the theatre where the audience watches the show.” But now we want to know what the term house means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us. – Do [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term Commedia dell’arte. On Commedia dell’arte’s official page, we have defined the term as “light entertainment based on the craft of improvisation.” But now we want to know what the term Commedia dell’arte means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us. – What [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term dry tech. On dry tech’s official page, we explained that it means to “rehearse the technical elements of the play with the designers, the director and the stage management team before adding the actors.” But now we want to know what the term dry tech means [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term Equity Deputy. On Equity Deputy’s official page, we have defined the term as “an Actors’ Equity cast member who is elected by the union company members in a show to act as the liaison between the performers and the union.” But now we want to know [...]