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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 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 [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term blocking. On blocking’s official page, we define the term as a set of predetermined movements for actors onstage. But now we want to know what the term blocking means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us. – As a performer, have you [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term claque. On claque’s official page, we define the term as an organized group of professional applauders. But now we want to know what the term claque means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us. – Have you ever been in the audience [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term stage door. On stage door’s official page, we define the term as a special theatre entrance that gives actors, crew members and other people working on a show direct access to backstage areas and dressing rooms. But now we want to know what the term stage [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term line reading. On line reading’s official page, we define the term as when an actor is directed to say a line in a specific way. But now we want to know what the term line reading means to you. You can use the comments section to [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term dramaturg. On dramaturg’s official page, we define the term as a theatre professional who brings an objective eye and creative input, along with deep research, to a theatrical work. But now we want to know what the term dramaturg means to you. You can use the [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term fight call. On fight call’s official page, we define the term as a special rehearsal where actors in a fight scene meet to go over their movements. But now we want to know what the term fight call means to you. You can use the comments [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term Italian run. On Italian run’s official page, we define the term as a rehearsal in which the actors deliver their lines and perform the action at a much faster rate. But now we want to know what the term Italian run means to you. You can [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term upstaging. On upstaging’s official page, we define the term as “when one actor takes attention away from another performer.” But now we want to know what the term upstaging means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us. – Have you ever seen [...]

  • Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term improv. On improv’s official page, we say it’s “a direct line to the truth… whether it is an improv comedy show, an improvised play, or improvisation to make discoveries during rehearsal.” But now we want to know what the term improv means to you. You can [...]