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Staging Terminology

Review for Stage Terminology, Stages, and Body Positions

Any stage not classified as a proscenium, thrust, or arena. Flexible Staging
The area where the players perform; usually a raised platform. Stage
The part of the stage extending past the proscenium arch toward the audience. Apron
Offstage spaces to the sides of the acting areas. Wings
A four-sided stage built like a box with one side cut away, enabling the audience to view the play as if it were in a picture frame. Proscenium Stage
A stage constructed so that the audience can sit on all sides; also known as "theatre in the round" Arena Stage
A stage that extends into the seating area. The audience sits on three sides of the stage. Thrust Stage
The draperies covering the proscenium opening, separating the audience from the stage. Grand Drape
Nine to fifteen divisions of the stage floor, used by directors when moving actors or placing furniture or scenery. Acting Areas
Anything within the stage setting and visible to the audience. Onstage
The area closest to the audience. Downstage
Planning and working out the movements and stage grouping for a play. Blocking
Anything beyond the stage setting and not visible to the audience. Offstage
The area furthest away from the audience. Upstage
The area of the performance space where the audience sits, sometimes called "out front". House
The area behind the stage and not seen by the audience. Backstage
Actors assume positions on stage of equal strength by opening up to the audience. Share
Position or turn the body more toward the audience Open Up
Actors turn more toward the audience than they would in normal conversation. Cheat Out
Actor turns toward the center of the stage. Turn In
Actors turn more to the side of the stage. Turn Out
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