The TDF Theatre Dictionary Blog

Official news and announcements.

environmental.theatre

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 section to tell us.

– Have you ever seen an environmental theatre production? What was it?

– How did watching an environmental theatre show impact your experience as an audience member?

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

Cheers,

Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

theatre.in.round

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 ever seen a production staged in the round? What was it?

– How did watching theatre-in-the-round impact your experience as an audience member?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term theatre-in-the-round, 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!

Cheers,

Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

exeunt

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.

– As a performer, have you ever encountered the term exeunt? Did you need to ask what it meant, or did you figure it out from the context (or because you were lucky enough to study Latin)?

– What other Latin stage directions have you seen in playscripts?

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

Cheers,

Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

hold

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 comments section to tell us.

– As a performer, have you ever been asked to “hold” at a particularly awkward moment? What were you in the middle of doing?

– Have you ever gone to see a show and heard the stage manager call for a hold? What happened that caused the delay?

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

Cheers,

Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

cue.to.cue.cropped

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 tell us.

– Have you ever been involved in a cue-to-cue rehearsal as a performer? What’s the strangest acting jump you had to make?

– Did you ever work tech during a cue-to-cue? What’s the biggest challenge you encountered?

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

Cheers,

Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

god.mic

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 to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

– Did you ever have a director or stage manager command you to do something via the God Mic?

– Or maybe you’ve used the God Mic yourself. If so, what’s the funniest thing you’ve ever said into it?

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

Cheers,

Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

blocking

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 ever argued with a director over your character’s blocking?

– As an audience member, have you ever seen some blocking go hilariously wrong? What happened?

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

Cheers,

Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

claque

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 and wondered if the people hooting and hollering next to you were paid to react that way?

– Has a friend or family member ever asked you to come to a show and cheer extra loudly for them?

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

Cheers,

Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

stage.door.new

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 door means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

– Have you ever waited outside a stage door to meet one of your favorite theatre performers? Who was it, and did you get an autograph or take a photo?

– For those who’ve worked on a show, do you have any crazy stage door fan stories? The funnier the better!

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

Cheers,

Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor

line.reading

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 tell us.

– Has a director ever given you a specific way of reading a line? Was it helpful or was it at odds with how you wanted to say it?

– Do you think a line reading is inherently a bad thing?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about line reading, 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!

Cheers,

Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor