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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 aerial theatre. On aerial theatre’s official page, we define the term as “scripted or devised theatre that incorporates aerial work to heighten and further the narrative.” But now we want to know what the term aerial theatre means to you. You can use the comments section [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term 10 Out of 12. On 10 Out of 12′s official page, we define the term as “a 12-hour rehearsal day in which 10 hours are spent working on lights, sound, costumes, and other technical elements.” But now we want to know what the term 10 Out [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term kitchen sink realism. On kitchen sink realism’s official page, we define the term as a style of drama that realistically depicts the gritty lives of its characters that frequently involves crying, shouting, and broken dreams. But now we want to know what the term kitchen sink [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term special skills. On special skills’ official page, we define the term as skills a performer has other than acting that might help him get the part. But now we want to know what the term special skills means to you. You can use the comments section [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term asides. On asides’s official page, we define the term as a remark made by a character directly to the audience that is not heard by the other characters onstage. But now we want to know what the term asides means to you. You can use the [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term going up. On going up’s official page, we define the term as when an actor forgets a line in the middle of a performance. But now we want to know what the term going up means to you. You can use the comments section to tell [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term environmental theatre. On environmental theatre’s official page, we define the term as a style of production in which the audience inhabits the same space as the performance. But now we want to know what the term environmental theatre means to you. You can use the comments [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term theatre-in-the-round. On theatre-in-the-round’s official page, we define the term as a style of production in which the audience surrounds the performers. But now we want to know what the term theatre-in-the-round means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us. – Have you [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term exeunt. On exeunt’s official page, we define the term as a stage direction indicating that several actors should leave the stage at once. But now we want to know what the term exeunt means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us. – [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term hold. On hold’s official page, we define the term as a call for the actors onstage to temporarily freeze and fall silent until a technical issue can be resolved. But now we want to know what the term hold means to you. You can use the [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term cue-to-cue. On cue-to-cue’s official page, we define the term as a rehearsal that jumps from one technical cue to the next, skipping the dialogue in between. But now we want to know what the term cue-to-cue means to you. You can use the comments section to [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term God Mic. On God Mic’s official page, we define the term as a microphone commonly used by a director or stage manager during rehearsal that can be heard onstage, backstage, and in the house. But now we want to know what the term God Mic means [...]