Theatre Terms

image of question markHere you'll find over 1000 definitions of theatrical terms, from Aside, Beam Angle, and Camlock, to Upstaging, VU Meter, and Wagon.  Fully searchable, our glossary is helpful for technical staff, directors, actors, producers, or anyone wanting to better understand the inner workings of theatre.

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FUTURE RELEASE A play or dramatic property that is not yet available for license; in fact, it may not even been assigned to an author's representative.
GENERAL RELEASE Rights for producing a play that are granted to anyone who applies--amateur, stock, professional, tour. Unrestricted.
PRE-RELEASE A dramatic work that has been awarded to a specific publishing house and is in the typesetting, proof, or printing process, but is not yet listed for licensing.
PROFESSIONAL RELEASE A play licensed only to professional companies.
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