Player: a performer, usually a term for an actor
Downstage: Towards the audience
Upstage: Away from the audience
Upstaging: Standing behind someone and reacting
Upstaging Yourself: Turning upstage during an action (acting) and the reaction from the other player is more interesting.
Act: Mimicking/committing to an action as a vessel to tell the words of the playwright.
React: Mimicking/committing to an action that logically would follow the action of the previous player AND logically transition to your next action.
Action: a verb, starting with ‘to,’ This is what you are doing.
Tactic: an adjective or adverb, how you do your verb.
Impulse: where you initiate the movement (example walking, but leading from the hips, would be the impulse)
Intention: Why you want your goal
Motivation: Why you want your goal
Obstacle: What is in your way of your goal
Objective: Your Goal
Indicating: melodramatically telling the audience what is going on with non-realistic actions, pantomiming, and/or leading the audience to something specific without a motivated action (pointing out to the audience what is going on)
Spike: a mark on the floor
Find Your Light: walk into the hottest/warmest/brightest part of the lighting instrument while on stage
Your Call, When you are Called: What time you need to be at the theater or how much time you have before you need to be onstage
Cross: walk across
Mark: where specifically you or a set piece needs to be, exactly, at a specific point in the script
Marking: going through the motions
Clear: Move out of the way
Heads: Duck AND move away from the sound (NEVER LOOK UP, just move!)
Stage Right: The actor’s right, facing the audience
Stage Left: The actor’s left. facing the audience
Center: The middle of the stage
Beat: a moment, that can be isolated into a miniature scene
Line: One sentence of text
Line Reading: Saying the line the way someone would like it said
Calling For Line: Saying ‘line’ to prompt someone to give you the line when you forget
Stay in Character/in the moment: A command to remind you, the actor, to not be seen on stage, and instead only allow the character you mean to portray to be present.
Breaking Character: Allowing you, the actor, to be seen on stage, and not staying in the character you mean to portray.
Speed Through: Talking as quickly as possible through the script, just to work lines
Cue: The line, sound, or event right before a line
Picking up a cue: Speaking your line closer to the previous line, sound, or event right before your line.
Blocking/Staging: Where you go onstage, and how.
Off Book: No longer requiring your script to remember the lines.
Choreography: Where you go onstage, and how, using dance as a vessel.
Choreographer: The person who creates and teaches the choreography to the performers.
Director: The person who makes all decisions regarding the play/piece, including leading the choreographer, designers, and actors.
Stage Manager: Calls technical cues for the show, gives notes to the actors once the show has opened.
Producer: The person who puts the money up for the show.