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

On upstaging’s official page, we define the term as “when one actor takes attention away from another performer.” But now we want to know what the term upstaging means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Have you ever seen a particularly egregious case of upstaging? What show was it and what happened?

— As a performer, have you ever been accused of upstaging your costars? What were you doing?

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