|Backstage, we hear theatre terms tossed around quite a bit. For newcomers who are wondering just what all the jargon means, we offer this glossary of theatre terms. For veterans, we invite your comments and corrections.
This list is by no means exhaustive, although we've tried to include some of the more common terms, along with some that we just found interesting. We will be happy to add entries that you think we've missed. Some terms are common enough that we could nail down a definition without researching them. For the others, we consulted several reference works on theatre and, where there was disagreement, we generally opted for the more recent or better researched definition.
You may also want to take a look at the excellent glossary compiled by Jon Primrose, et al, at the Universtiy of Exeter Drama Department.