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Resident Theater/Regional

profesional, non profit organizations that maintain a constant presence in a community and produce an enire season of plays

Regional Theater

Also Known As Residential Theaters

Commercial Theater

Is Ment to earn profit for investors

Educational Theater

may be extracurricular or integrated into classroom structure.

Community Theater

created by residents of a particular area who come together to create theater without being part of a larger institution

Non-Profit Theater

May Be Professional but not commercial

Broadway Theater

Broadway theatre, commonly called Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 40 large professional theatres with 500 seats or more located in the Theatre District, New York and in Lincoln Center, in Manhattan, New York City


Theatrical work, often experimental and inexpensive, presented in New York City outside the Broadway entertainment. <500

Off-Off Broadway

in coffee shops, etc. <100


doesnt fit into the proffesional or amateur catagory


Emotional Identification when you feel among with the characters

Aethetic Distance

"the art of distance"


emotional release, (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions

Allienation Effect

involves the use of techniques designed to distance the audience from emotional involvement in the play through jolting reminders of the artificiality of the theatrical performance.


closest to the audience


in proscenium theater, spaces offstage left and right for actors, crew, and scenery not yet in the visable performance space.


An Arena is an enclosed area


Proscenium theatre is a theatre space whose primary feature is a large frame or arch (called the proscenium arch even though it is frequently not a rounded archway at all), which is located at or near the front of the stage.

Thrust Theater

Thrust stages may be similar to proscenium stages but with a platform or performance area that extends into the audience space so that the audience is located on three sides., rectangular theater in which audience sits to the left and right and in front of the stage

Black Box Theater

A theatre that is usually small and that allows flexibility in the arrangement of audience to acting space. It is so named because the walls are usually painted black


Farthest from Audience


Roman theatre entry/escape ways


Egyptian god of the underworld and judge of the dead

Bertolt Brecht

Father of Epic Theatre


someone who writes plays


something that produces


the person who leads a musical group

Casting Director

a person who specializes in finding the right actors for parts; especially common in Hollywood


group of people who determine what costumes, set, lights, sound, props go on the stage to establish the atmosphere

Stage Manager

someone who supervises the physical aspects in the production of a show and who is in charge of the stage when the show is being performed

Front of House

lobby and ticket booth


a theatrical performer


a group of singers/dancers who interacted with and responded to the actor.


the representation of another person's words in a speech


Greek word for actor which means acting like someone else: hypocrite is derived from this word


"Seeing place" where the audience sat


small hut like building behind the stage used as a dressing room and later as a backdrop for painted settings


seating on the main floor in a theater

Mystery Plays

a drama that was religious in nature during the Middle Ages.

Cycle Plays

(mystery plays because of their peculiar staging format) a series of playlets inspired by stories in the bible, written in a common language of the populace, presented in sequence, performed in, on, and or around a stage or series of stages, Longest theatrical production recorded, usually lasted a few days, although one went on for 25 days.

Miracle Plays

Dramas, originally under church control, that were based on the lives of the saints

Morality Plays

Plays whos purpose were to teach moral lessons


philosopher who focused on the study of nature


In the modern era, tragedy has also been defined against drama, melodrama, the tragicomic and epic theatre


Plato maintained in his critique that theatre was not sufficient in conveying the truth.


An Empty Space, Person in Action in that Space being watched by someone else


Higherpriced Seating

Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht rejected the cathartic model. He Believed that theater should be to appeal to the intellect of the audience and incite it into social action.

"father of epic theater"

Pete Brooks



Attributed to writing the first trajedies

534 B.C.



wrote the Orestia which is the only surviving triology


Writer of tragedies including Oedipus Rex, Antigone


an ancient Greek dramatist remembered for his comedies (448-380 BC)

Hellenistic Period

time where Greek art and culture merge with influences from the Middle East; culture associated with the spread of Greek influence as a result of Macedonian conquests

The Greek Term Catharsis refers to?

Aesthetic Distance

Front of House Staff


Who was the first greek playright

Aeschylus, Thespis, Euripides


wrote The grouch (only surviving new comedy)

most popular form of japenese theater


How many types of greek theater are there

Comedy, Trajedy, sader, etc


Great writer of new comedies; used stock characters; situational comedies concerned with ordinary happenings of contemporary life


(Greek mythology) god of wine and fertility and drama


All 6 of his plays (4 based on Menander originals) survive; refined language, subtle humor, complex story lines


wrote tragedies based on Greek plays; onstage violence; plays not staged; revenge; influenced Shakespeare with 5-act structure


Roman lyric poet said to have influenced English poetry (65-8 BC)


Only Surviving Trilogy, Wrote by Aeschyles


Medea, Bacchae


Wagons with scenery used in processional staging

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