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

On places’s official page, we define the term as “a stage manager’s prompt that tells actors to take their positions for the beginning of an act or scene.” But now we want to know what the term places means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— If you’re a performer, how do you feel when the stage manager calls, “Places!” — Nervous? Excited? Focused?

— If you’re a stage manager, have you ever called, “Places!” only to find one of the actors missing? What did you do?

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