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3 chairs 2 cubes (3C2C) - PW's undergraduate play festival in which students submit short plays with a set that only comprises of 3 chairs and 2 cubes!

Alumnae Hall - A building on Pembroke campus with a large multi-purpose theatre/recital hall. It is the space primarily used by BUGS and BOP for their productions, and is also the home of many orientation/school events.

Amplifier - A piece of equipment that amplifies or increases the sound captured by a microphone or replayed from record, CD or tape. The amplifier may be housed internally in a loudspeaker (a 'powered' speaker) or housed as a separate component (an 'unpowered') speaker.

Ashamu Dance Studio - Equipped with mirrors, lights, sound system, and curtains, Ashamu Dance Studio is the home of Brown’s dance program. It is located on Ruth Simmons Quad behind the giant blue bear statue known colloquially as Blueno.

Aside - One of the conventions of usually classical theatre in which the audience accepts the idea that the words spoken by an actor, with appropriate side gesture and tone, can be heard by the audience but not by the other actors onstage.

Assistant Stage Manager (ASM) - Attends rehearsals, cleans the space, is on book for actors, gives line notes (dropped or mis-memorized lines), is responsible for the backstage running of the show (crucial during tech and performances when the SM is in the booth), may act as a board operator during performances, fills in for the SM in other capacities as needed.

Black Box - A performance space that usually consists of a large square room with black walls and a flat floor. TF Green has two blackbox spaces (Upspace and Downspace), managed by production workshop.

Blackout - Switching all lights out at once, leaving the stage in complete darkness.

Blocking - Movements on stage that accompany the text of a play or performance.

Booth - Where the stage manager and usually sound and light crews are during the production.

Breezeway - The lobby of Leeds Theatre, with an entrance on Simmons Quad. Department shows often post audition slots and materials here if they aren't online.

Brown Opera Productions (BOP) - A student-run organization committed to creating lively spaces for opera performance and appreciation. BOP produces an arias concert at the beginning of each semester, an operetta each fall, a full opera each spring, and a children’s opera at the end of the year.

Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan (BUGS) - A student-run theatre group dedicated to the production of fully orchestrated classic ensemble shows with particular emphasis on satire and classical voice. They used to do shows related to Gilbert and Sullivan, but are now expanding to focus on more contemporary works that are more relevant to the Brown Community.

Call (time) - The time that all actors and crew are expected to be at a rehearsal or performance.

Callbacks - A second round of auditions where directors can see how potential cast members work together as well as in various roles of the production.

Calling “line” - If in a rehearsal an actor has forgotten a line, they will call “line” and usually the stage manager or assistant stage manager will be on book to read what they're supposed to say in that moment.

Capture the Mammoth- Capture the mammoth is a game of capture the flag for the theatre community at brown. It takes place all over brown's campus! but instead of capturing flags, we use giant stuffed animal heads. Team dinosaur usually formed by PW and SoTG play against team mammoth (aka MF and S&B).

Costume Designer - Costume designers are responsible for conceiving, designer, creating and/or finding costumes for the entire cast of a production. Designers' work will need to be fully functional typically by wet tech (generally the Sunday before the show is ready). PW Costume designers have full access to the closet and have the ability to bring on assistants to help them!

Cue - A signal, either verbal or physical, that indicates something else, such as a line of dialogue or an entrance, is to happen.

Curtain call - When the actors come out at the end of the show to take their bows.

Dark Day - Sometimes refers to the day during which the Director and Actors are not allowed to work in the space in order to allow the Light Designer to hang and focus lights as well as set cues, though only at Brown. In the professional world, Dark Day is a day in which no performances occur during the run of a show.

Design Run - The actors run through the show for the benefit of the Director and Designers to get a sense of their movements, space usage and/or general arch of the show.

Designing - With respect to a show, designing refers to being responsible for creating an artistic part of a production. Following the director's vision or plan, designers create the elements that are present in a production. In theatre designing areas include lighting, set, sound, projections, props, etc.

Down stage (DS) - The part of the stage that is closest to the audience.

Downspace - The downstairs blackbox theater in T.F. Green. In addition to seven show slots produced by production workshop, Musical Forum puts on two productions in this space each school year. Slots in the Downspace are given away through a proposal process.

Dress Rehearsal - A rehearsal, typically the night before a show opens, where the actors will wear their costumes during the run of the show and run the show without stopping.

Dry Tech - The day/evening when the Director, Stage Manager, Light Designer, Sound Designer gather to set and test cues. In an ideal world, the Light and Sound Designer will have finished setting and recording all their cues and can show the Director and Stage Manager where and how they will go. The Director has the ability to change any cues s/he deems need changing, but should also consider the amount of work and window of time left for corrections. The Set Designer and Technical Director should also be in attendance to make sure all set pieces and elements are functioning properly. The Stage Manager should write the cues in her prompt script once all cues have been covered and agreed upon.

Duvetyne (duv) - Duvetyne is a fabric that has a matte finish and a high opacity that makes it ideal for blocking light. PW has various sets of duv that are often hung from the grid with a special knot to act as curtains to conceal backstage areas for productions or to act as set pieces. It's important to keep the duv from touching the floor when putting it up or taking it down so that it won't get dust on it, cause it's expensive.

Executive Producer (EP) - Executive producers are board members serve as liasons between the director, designers, and actors and the pw board. There are usually two executive producers assigned to each production in the pw downspace. For each downspace show, EPs are required to schedule a meeting for the director and the teams' designers to go over the pw show packet, which outlines the policies and rules in place when teams are using pw facilities to produce in the downspace. EPs can answer any questions relating to pw policy, act as mediators of any intra-team disputes or frustrations, and to be a general help to the production in any way the team sees fit. EPs usually will make an effort to sit in on some rehearsals, especially design runs and tech runs, as well as hold open hours or discussions for the cast and designers to voice any concerns they've been having throughout the process.

Fade - A light intensity or sound level change over a set number of seconds. For example, the lights on stage may fade to a blackout over 5 seconds.

Flats - Big, standing wooden surfaces to depict the background scenery of a set on.

Gaffer’s tape (gaff tape) - A sturdy, adhesive tape with a matte finish used for a variety of things as like taping down cables on a stage or other surface, marking areas on the stage for blocking, etc.

Gel - A piece of tinted plastic film that is attached to the front of a lighting instrument to make the light on stage a certain color. The film is inserted into a gel frame to properly secure it to the instrument.

General Manager (GM) - The GM oversees the show's production team and everything that leads up to what happens on stage. Put very generally, they are responsible for making sure all elements of design and production happen in a safe, timely, and budget-conscious manner. Job requirements include but are not limited too, creating a production calendar, leading production meetings, creating and managing the show's budget, and in cases of MF and PW the pgm is responsible for publicity and programming. This position was formerly called the 'Production Manager' at Brown, but was changed to more accurately reflect the titles used in professional theatre.

Grants - PW Grants are given out twice a semester, in the week following each Upspace lottery. If you’ve received a slot in the space for the semester and are interested in applying for funding, please see the application below and get in touch with Ezra.

Hang Crew - The group of people who help the Lighting Designer(s) hang up the lighting fixtures in a performance space.

House - Where the audience sits when they watch the show.

House lights - The lights that illuminate the audience section of a concert hall, theater, or auditorium.

House manager - Up to two members of the PW board will be assigned to house manage each performance happening in the downspace and upspace. House managers are responsible for seeing to ticket reserves, offering tickets from the box office, introducing the show and providing the fire announcement, aiding in any seating or accessibility concerns of the audience, collecting donations at the end of the show, and generally making sure the performance goes smoothly.

John Street Studio - The center of Brown’s design initiative. With a wood/metal shop and other open workshop areas, John Street is where sets get designed, painted, and constructed. John Street holds safety training at the beginning of the year; feel free to email one of the boards to be put in contact with John Street so that you can get trained.

Leeds Theatre - One of two mainstage theatres. Leeds can be set up as a three-quarter thrust stage, or in the round.

Lighting Designer (LD) – The lighting designer collaborates with all other designers and directors to create lighting, atmosphere and time of day in a show; usually responding to the show's text and vision of the director. Lighting designers create lighting plots and lead light hanging.

Lighting Plot - The light plot is a scale drawing that communicates the location of lighting fixtures and lighting positions so a team of electricians can independently install the lighting system.

Lyman Hall - A building on Simmons Quad that encompasses Leeds Theatre, Breezeway, and the Ashamu Dance Studio, as well as the Becker Library, classrooms, and dressing rooms.

Master Electrician - The member of the production team or theatre staff responsible for overseeing the proper installation, hanging, and focus of lighting plots. At Brown, common practice has been to add these duties to the Lighting Designer's responsibilities.

Mess With the Audience Grant - A grant given to projects that are innovative in their form, rather than their content or process, in engaging the audience in an unconventional way. The project should aim to redefine what an audience is and what the relationship(s) between performers and audience members are. Applications accepted on a rolling basis as funds permit.

Music Director (MD) - Is the go-to authority on all musical aspects of a show. Rehearses the singers and musicians, conducts the orchestra or band, and arranges the music if need be.

Musical Forum (MF) - An entirely student-run group dedicated to the production of musical theatre, MF produces one full length musical each semester, as well as revues, cabarets, and its annual student- written Mini Musical Festival.

New Works Grant - Each semester, a number of grants provided by PW alumni will be available to help produce new undergraduate work. If you accept a grant your show must be performed before the end of the semester at Brown or in the surrounding area.

Notes - At the end of each rehearsal or run-through, the director will give the cast and crew any notes on improvement for the next run when everyone has gathered together.

Off-book - When performers have their lines and blocking completely memorized.

On-book - A role typically done by the ASM, AD or Stage Manager. They follow along in the script as actors say their lines, ready to give a line or correct a mistake.

Open Jar Grant - Started by a generous bunch of Brown alumni, the Open Jar Foundation presents a new grant to support production costs for student performance work of all kinds in the Upspace. Each semester, PW is given $450 to give away to upspace projects.

Open meetings - Theatre Board/Group meetings which are open to the public. PW's board meetings are always open to the public and are generally held on Sunday mornings at 11 am in the upspace.

Paint Day - The day which is set aside for the Set Designer and crew to paint the set. This day, rehearsals may be scheduled for another location or dedicated to aiding the crew in basic tasks.

Paper Tech - A meeting of the Director, Stage Manager, and lighting and sound designers. This is where all the tech changes that occur at specific points are precisely determined and are documented in the Stage Manager’s script with input from each designer.

Photo call - The day when the cast is to report to have their pictures taken for the show's pubicity, usually a week or so before opening night. Sometimes a photo call will require actors to come already in costume and makeup, and may happen before or during a run of the show.

Pit - Where the orchestra sits.

Places - When actors and technical crews have been told that the production will start within five minutes and they are to be in place and ready.

Preset - The ability, on a manual lighting control desk (as opposed to one which is computer-controlled) to set up a lighting cue before it is actually operated. Also the lighting state on a stage before the show actually starts.

[General Manager | Production Manager]] (PM) - The PM oversees the show's production team and everything that leads up to what happens on stage. Put very generally, they are responsible for making sure all elements of design and production happen in a safe, timely, and budget-conscious manner. Job requirements include but are not limited too, creating a production calendar, leading production meetings, creating and managing the show's budget, and in cases of MF and PW the PM/GM is responsible for publicity and programming.

Production Meeting / Prod Meeting - Meetings where the production team touches base on their progress. The director, the designers, and the executive producers must attend all production meetings up until opening night. These are generally led by the General Manager.

Production Team / Prod team - The team of people responsible for all the design elements of a show that aren't actors. This usually includes a general manager, light designer, sound designer, set designer, costume designer, etc.

Production Workshop (PW) - “Brown’s only completely student run theatre,” PW is a student theatre board that produces seven full-length shows in its black box theatre, as well as frequent smaller projects. “PW” applies to both the student board, and sometimes to the theatre building itself, officially T.F. Green.

Projecting - The technique and skillset that actors use to naturally amplify their voices (so as to be heard in large theaters) without changing vocal pitch or tone. Generally speaking it involves the use of the diaphragm to power breathing and voice, though it is a trained skill that should be developed over time.

Projections - Increasingly, digital projections are being used in theatrical productions to create a backdrop or introduce digital media into a live performance.

Props Designer - The person who designs props (objects used on stage by actors) for use in a production.

Proscenium - Within a theatre, the proscenium refers to the portal or arch that comes over the stage. Proscenium also refers to a type of theater arrangement such as Stuart, which means the theatre has a sort of arch that acts like a picture frame through which the action can be seen. The area in front of a proscenium arch is referred to as the apron.

Rehearsal lights - Overhead lights that are lit during rehearsal time that won't necessarily be lit during performance.

Running crew / Run crew - The technical crew who move furniture on and off the stage, bring in backdrops and other large set pieces. Some shows choose to have the cast act as a run crew, or assistant stage managers may help out as well.

Schmooze - An opportunity to gather with other members of the Brown community interested in producing, designing, acting, directing, etc in a more social capacity than a traditional info session. Oftentimes, pizza is served while hearing about the opportunities in theatre for the semester/season.

Set Designer (SD) - The person who designs the space with the director. They help out (or serve as) the technical director, the person in charge of building the set, by attending build calls.

Shakespeare on the Green (SoTG) - A student theatre group dedicated to the production of site specific Shakespeare or Shakespeare-related plays. In addition to the 24 hour play festival and scenesfest each semester, SotG produces several full-length productions each semester.

Sides - Small excerpts of text usually set out at auditions for actors to present in their auditions. For some auditions at Brown, the sides are made available through the facebook event page for the audition prior to the audition. Auditioners can also contact the stage manager for a copy of the script, should they want to do more research on the show prior to the audition. Directors will usually have specific choices in regards to how many sides they require, or they may offer auditioners the option to bring in a monologue of their choice.

Sock and Buskin (S&B) - The department theatre board, comprised of faculty and students who work together to select shows and plan the department’s season. S&B produces four mainstage theatrical shows, one mainstage dance performance, and one senior slot show to complete their season.

Stage left (SL) - The left half of the stage to the performer on stage, facing out to the audience.

Stage Manager (SM) - The stage manager performs a number of logistical tasks. They are in charge of organizing and coordinating a production. More detailed tasks are outlined in the link below.

Stage Right (SR) - The right half of the stage to the performer on stage, facing out to the audience.

Strasberg Studio - A facility of the Brown TAPS Department, the studio is a small theatre space that sits 50 people in Faunce House.

Strike - After a show has finished its last show, strike is the process of taking down a set, and generally restoring the theater space to a blank slate. Typical jobs to do at a strike include moving chairs and plats (the platforms they rest on) out of the space, taking down lights, cleaning the booths and box office, and returning props and costumes. Strikes happen after every show in the downspace. Usually the cast and crew from the show coming into the space as well as the cast and crew leaving the space strike the set for the most recent production.

Stuart Theatre - One of two mainstage theatres, Stuart Theatre is Brown’s proscenium space, as the audience is located on one side of the stage and the two can be separated by a curtain. Attached to Faunce House, Stuart is also connected to Brown’s costume shop.

Student Activities Offices (SAO) - The administrative office which supports student groups. They coordinate registered events and finances.

TAPS 0030: Introduction to Acting and Directing (TA3) - The department class where first years can take on aspects of theater production, including acting, directing, and technical experience.

Tech Week / Tech Rehearsal - The week before to the opening night of a production in which all of the technical elements (such as costumes, lights, sound, set and makeup) are present during rehearsal for the first time. Tech rehearsals are usually runs of the show with all technical elements present.

Technical Director (TD) - The Technical Director is in charge of building the set, with the help of the set designer and a build crew. Before a show moves into the space, the TD should meet with the set designer and figure out what materials will be needed to build the set–wood, fabric, paint, etc.

The Department - Generally refers to the Theatre and Performance Studies (TAPS) Department

Theatre Arts and Performance Studies (TAPS) - The academic department of theatre and performance studies at Brown. They offer many cool classes and performance opportunities!

Theodore Francis Green Hall (T.F. Green) - The building housing pw's downspace and upspace, as well as a home for student theatre storage, dance studios and music rooms.

Two Weeks in the Space (TWITS) - Apply to have two weeks in the upspace to make your creative project happen! The only requirement is that it involves an audience and has aspects of a performance.

Undergraduate Finance Board (UFB) - UFB currently allocates the Student Activities Fund, which the student activity fee (currently $250 per student) goes to, to various student organizations. The UFB decides the amount of funding each group will receive based on student need. The Board also helps arrange contracts in collaboration with UCS on behalf of the student body, lobbies with student groups to the Brown administration for updating the Student Activities Fee and other financial concerns, provides funding for large-scale investment projects designed by student groups, and assists student groups with their budgeting concerns and fund raising aspirations.

Underground - A small room in the basement of Faunce House (the Campus Center). The underground is occasionally booked for small shows and events, such as open mics and revues.

Upspace - The upstairs blackbox theater in T.F. Green. Small shows, events, and project take place here about every week when there is not a show in the downspace. Times in the upspace are given away by lottery.

Upstage - The half of the stage farther away from the audience as the performer faces out.

Week in the Space (WITS) - Apply to have a week in the downspace to make your creative project happen! The only requirement is that it involves an audience and has aspects of a performance.

Wet Tech - Also known as cue-to-cue, the portion of tech week that includes actors in the space. This is done right after dry tech, and is usually the week leading up to the performance weekend. For wet tech, as an actor you can expect a lot of starting and stopping, and being asked to 'hold', or pause the scene and skip around to work out lighting and sound elements. This is primarily for the actors to become acquainted with where they must be during each cue and for the Stage Manager to get used to the timing of each cue. Yet, it also serves the equally important function of demonstrating to the Director, Light and Sound Designer whether their choices work (i.e. regarding location, color, timing, et al). While a Director can choose to have a “working run,” this could be detrimental if the show is technically complex and requires a lengthy tech rehearsal.

theatre_jargon.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/03 13:59 by ljaeger
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