Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term ad lib.

On ad lib’s official page, we define the term as “speaking in character, but without using dialogue officially written in a script.” But now we want to know what ad libbing means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Did you ever have to ad lib on stage? What was it like?

— Have you ever seen an actor ad lib? Were they good at it?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term ad lib, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor