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background image Theatre Appreciation Week 2
Types of theatre venues
1) Proscenium – 1 side Comes from Greek proskenion / Roman priscaenium Pro [in front of] + skene [scenery] “Proscenium arch” – gives “picture frame” feel
Proscenium allows for an imaginary “fourth wall” 
Proscenium Characteristics: Deep stage
Most prevalent type of venue in contemporary western theme
Audience all facing same direction
Stage is a few feet higher than audience
Audience and/or stage may be raked Ideal for Completeness: Elaborate/intricate settings Strong central focus
Distance/formality
Hide the theatrical magic Ideal for Spectacle: Ability to hide/store machinery Size, depth, and scale
Quick, fluid scene changes
Singular audience perspective ______________________________________________________________________________ 2) Thrust – 3 sides Thrust Characteristics :
Playing area thrusts out into the audience
Area behind provides a focused background and/or backstage space
Most widely used venue throughout history
Audience wraps around main playing area (usually on three sides)
Either stage is raised (like Globe by Shakespeare) or seating is raked (like Greeks)
Ideal for Classics/Storytelling  Increased intimacy
Close performer­audience relationship
Great works of Elizabethan/Spanish Golden Age drama ______________________________________________________________________________ 1
background image 3) Arena  ­ 4 sides Evolved from ancient tribal rituals, dances, and sacrifices Plays on human’s desire to gather in a circle – to commune
Also known as “theater­in­the­round”
Arena characteristics: Playing area is surrounded by audience
No backstage – but has entrances/exits through audience
Oldest venue used throughout history
No elaborate scenery – creates visibility issues
Ideal for intimacy Closeness to the action
Small boundary between audience/performer
Communion between audience ______________________________________________________________________________ 4) Traverse – 2 sides French theatre developed later than England/Italy/Spain
No treater spaces – converted tennis courts during Baroque era
Also known as “tennis court theatre” or theatre du jeua peu Travers characteristics: Like thrust, except audience is only on two sides Tennis courts had gallery for audience on either side of the action
Eventually the action is pushed back into proscenium style
Man/may not have a backstage/stage house at one or both ends Ideal for viewing
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5) Found space – infinity number of sides Any space not originally intended for performance
Allows a play to be literally set in/on the site that the play is “supposed” to
Also known as “site­specific” ______________________________________________________________________________ 6) Black Box The most recent type of venue to be developed 
Especially prevalent in college theatre departments, experimental theatre companies, and 
for new works
Popular economically and aesthetically
Black box characteristics: 2

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School: Baylor University
Department: Theatre
Course: Theater Appreciation
Professor: Staff
Term: Spring 2019
Tags: theatre, Appreciation, and venues
Name: Theatre Appreciation Week 2
Description: These notes cover week 2
Uploaded: 01/29/2019
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