THEA 112G Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Proscenium

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Types of performance spaces
Proscenium
Audience on 1 side
4th wall separates audience from stage (breaking the 4th wall- actor directly talks to
audience)
Can do elaborate scenery
Mid to late 1800s (newest)
Alley
Least common
Audience on 2 sides
Limited scenery
Intimate- audience close to action
Thrust (original staging)
Audience 3 sides
Used by Greeks and Shakespeare
Intimate-audience close to action
Limited scenery
Audience can see each other
Arena
Audience on 4 sides
Theatre in the round
Most intimate
Almost no scenery
Blackbox theatre
Mobile and removable seating
Typically on all black blank space
Experimental staging
Unconventional performance stage
Outside a home etc
Theatre organizations
For profit large scale 1 time only productions (broadway)
Not for profitsmall scale community theatres with an annual season of productions
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