A discrete piece of action in a script, marked by a significant change in the action. The change usually is a change in objective or tactic. Together analysis of beats, actors can find the through line or super objective for their character.
A person who is a descendant of the original inhabitants of North America. In Canada, the Constitution Act (1982) recognizes three primary groups as Aboriginal peoples: Indians, Inuit, and Métis.
One of three “unities” associated with Aristotle’s discussion of Greek theatre in the Poetics. A play whose action occurs within a single twenty-four-hour period is said to have unity of time. The other two unities are “unity of place” and “unity of action”. A play set entirely in one location is said to have unity of place. A play that focuses on one main action or story with no subplots is said to have unity of action.
A form of popular theatre established in the early 1970s by Brazilian director and Workers’ Party activist Augusto Boal and created by, about, and for people engaged in the struggle for liberation.
Theatre associated with the work of mainly European playwrights of the 1950s and 1960s and motivated by a perception of the “absurdity” or meaninglessness of the human condition. Plays often use broad comedy to comment on the predicament of characters in hopeless situations, as well as innovative forms and distortions of conventional speech to challenge complacent attitudes. Playwrights include Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Jean Genet, and Harold Pinter.
(1) Methods or procedures used in drama for specific purposes (e.g., use of the voice, facial expressions, gestures, movement, breath control, warm-ups). (2) Specific theories about and/or methods for creating and exploring characters in dramatic work. Examples include the Alexander technique; the Stanislavski method; the Meisner technique; and the theories of Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg, and Rudolf Laban.
The person in charge of overseeing a production and calling technical cues.
The written text of a drama, including stage directions and dialogue.
The part played by an actor depicting a character in a drama.
An annotated copy of a script that includes blocking notes and diagrams, performers’ and technicians’ cues, and other production information. A stage manager keeps a master copy, which is used to coordinate all elements of a production.