See the full Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms for over more definitions! ACT 1 Subdivision between sections of a play. A short play is a 'One-Act-er', a play with one interval has two Acts etc. Acts are subdivided further into Scenes. Also known as the playing area This term is also used to describe the smaller subdivisions of the main stage area which are lit separately by the lighting designer e. Also the name of an early Strand down-lighting floodlight - it was called an Acting Area Flood, and was colloquially known as 'Ack Ack' or 'A.
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You nearly missed your call time, were thrown into a cold read and are hoping for a callback for that audition… and your non-theatre friends have officially stopped listening. As with any industry, the theatre is full of jargon that can sound pretty silly to the outside world. No phones are involved with this kind of call. This simply means to read a script with little to no preparation. Not to be confused with a piece of furniture.
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A typical contract will have at least one of these days, when the actors may be kept at work for 10 hours out of a maximum of During the 12 hour period covered e. Whilst the work day is long, the intensity allows a great deal of progress to be made. American Actors's Equity only allows a period of 10 out of 12 rehearsal during the 7 days before a performance opens.
The list is seemingly endless: terms you, as a theater professional , should know. This list is by no means comprehensive but it represents some of the most used or misunderstood terms in our daily vernacular. Also, some of these terms directly relate to or intersect with others.