Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term beat.

On beat’s official page, we define the term as “an added pause to a line or action, or a shift in intention or emotion.” But now we want to know what the term beat means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Have you ever noticed a performer take an awkward beat? What exactly happened?

— Do you ever find yourself taking a beat in everyday conversations?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term beat, 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