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

On scrim’s official page, we define the term as “a special type of fabric that can be translucent, transparent or opaque depending on how it’s lit. In theater, lighting designers use a scrim to hide something or someone until the exact moment they want audiences to see it.” But now we want to know what the term scrim means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Can you recall a particularly effective use of a scrim on stage? What show was it and how was it employed?

— If you’re a designer, have you ever worked with a scrim? What did you use it to do?

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