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

On booth’s official page, we have defined the term as “the area of the theatre where lights, sound, backstage communication and other technical elements are controlled during the show.”

But now we want to know what the term booth means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Have you ever worked a theatre booth? What kinds of technical elements were you responsible for?

— What’s the biggest technical disaster you’ve ever witnessed during a show?

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

  • Robert

    Hi folks, I’ve been an engineer all my life, and as I’m coming up to retirement I’m now working with a local amateur theatre group as sound engineer. I’ve recently spent a few evenings in the booth, or the box as we call it in England, running the sound for a very funny comedy. It went very smoothly except for one incident where I had to turn around to help the lighting guy and my other hand hit the take key on my own console twice. Oops!

    • TheatreDevelopmentFund

      Hi Robert — Oops indeed! Hope the show didn’t get thrown too far off track!

      • Robert

        The lead, who is a brilliant improviser, threw in a one-line gag and saved the whole thing.

        A few months later I had to run the whole thing, mixer, sound effects and lighting board, for another show. Amazingly it went very well.