1000s of Useful Theatre Terms for Students

1000s of Useful Theatre Terms for Students

Links to websites containing glossaries of theatre-specific terms for teachers and students. Here you’ll find definitions for acting terms, technical terms covering stagecraft and production areas, improvisation terms, playwriting terms, and even historical terms for Greek and Roman theatre.

Set Design

Set Design

Scenic design (also known as scenography, stage design, set design or production design) is the creation of theatrical, as well as film or television scenery. Scenic designers come from a variety of artistic backgrounds, but in recent years, are mostly trained professionals, holding a B.F.A. or M.F.A. degrees in theater arts. Scenic designers design sets…

Props

Props

A property, commonly shortened to prop (plural: props), is an object used on stage or on screen by actors during a performance or screen production. In practical terms, a prop is considered to be anything movable or portable on a stage or a set, distinct from the actors, scenery, costumes and electrical equipment. Educational Theatre…

Theatre Masks

Theatre Masks

A mask is an object normally worn on the face, typically for protection, disguise, performance or entertainment. Masks have been used since antiquity for both ceremonial and practical purposes. They are usually worn on the face, although they may also be positioned for effect elsewhere on the wearer’s body, so in parts of Australia giant…

Make-Up

Make-Up

Theatrical makeup refers to makeup that is used to assist in creating the appearance of the characters that actors portray during a theater production. Drea Lead Elizabethan and period make-up commentary. The Make Up Gallery Thousands of images from professional make-up artists for television and film. University of Alaska Step-by-step make-up photographs of a monkey,…

Costume Design

Costume Design

Costume design is the fabrication of clothing for the overall appearance of a character or performer. Costume is specific in the style of dress particular to a nation, a class, or a period. The most basic designs are produced to denote status, provide protection or modesty, or simply decorate a character. Costume design is a…