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Types of Theatre Spaces

Types of theatre staging: Proscenium, Thrust, Arena, Black Box
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Derek Green

on 10 January 2014

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Types of
Theatre Spaces

Proscenium Theatre
Action takes place on stage
Audience is situated on
one side of the stage
Audience and actors separated
by the Proscenium Arch
"Frames" the action
Separation
Masking - curtains, scenery, wings, etc.
Most common (examples: Allen Theatre, Palace Theatre, the OBC!)

Thrust Stage
Action takes place on stage
Stage "thrusts" out into the audience,
so the audience is on more than one side of the action.
Back wall OR Proscenium
lessens separation
more intimate
less masking capability
can be shallow or deep
Ex: The Hanna Theatre,
Shakespeare's Globe
Arena Stage, or
"Theatre in the Round"
Action takes place
in the center of the
audience
least separation
most intimate
least masking
Black Box
No permanent seating
No permanent stage
Most flexible!
Example: the Second Stage at Cleveland Play House
The Whipping Man
Ten Chimneys
written by Matthew Lopez directed by Giovanna Sardelli
scenic design by Robert Mark Morgan lighting design by Japhy Weideman
costume design by Denitsa Bliznakova
written by Jeffrey Hatcher directed by Michael Bloom
scenic design by Lee Savage lighting design by Michael Lincoln
costume design by David Kay Mickelsen
Mr. Green!
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