Easy Tips to Learn Theatre Jargon Quickly if You’re New to Theatre 


Are you new to the world of theatre?  Is some of the terminology or language perplexing you? Well, don’t worry because I’ve got you covered in this blog that’s all about theatre jargon.


I remember way back when I first started volunteering in theatre and everything was new to me. But I took it all in and absorbed it like a sponge. After all, theatre was and still is my passion.  I picked up some of the terms people were throwing around during rehearsals but it wasn’t until I went to Theatre School that I truly learned what all the jargon was and what it was all about – and how to sound like a pro!


So to help you out I’ve put together this handy list so you can quickly learn the jargon and sound like a pro too! Click here to get your list now.


This is not a thorough list by any means. I’ve put together the most used theatre jargon so you can feel confident and at home in your community theatre.  This list will help you understand the terminology and to use it in conversations and tsound like a theatre rock star.


Sound Like a Pro


If you want to go further to improve your theatre vocabulary then here are some other fun terms to learn that you might be able to pull out of your hat at rehearsal one day or be able to carry on a theatre conversation in a more comfortable way at a party or social event.


So here are some extras for you.


Don’t 86 This List


If you‘ve worked in a larger theatre you might have heard something like this during rehearsals or tech set up, “Heads up, pipe coming in!” or just “Heads Up”. If a voice from above yells down to the crew on stage it means that something has been dropped or you need to get out of the way now! If the voice comes from a flyman, it means a pipe or scenery is being lowered and you should stand clear.


Another term that is used is “86 it or 86’d” meaning to lose or cut an item from the show. For instance, “that magic wand prop – 86 it!” or “where is the magic wand prop?” – answer: “its 86’d!” There are several interesting theories where this term came from but it’s agreed that if something is cut or thrown out of the show – it’s been 86’d.


Want to download the list? Click here to get your free copy of theatre jargon and start sounding like a pro today.


Anything you’d add to the list? Leave me a comment below. Let’s hear it.


Break a leg and crack a smile!