1. Action: Movement
2. Body Language: The messages sent with one’s body position, posture, facial expressions, and gestures.
3. Cheat Out: To turn out more towards the audience; similar to “opening up to the audience,” only may be more involved, such as moving a chair or shifting one’s whole body.
4. Creativity: Use of artistry and originality in a performance.
5. Dance: To interpret music or feelings with rhythmic and/or patterned movements of the body.
6. Facial Expressions: The messages sent with one’s face.
7. First Impression: The way the performer comes across the moment the audience sees him’ can include appearances, confidence, timely set up, preparation, professionalism, and so on.
8. Force Focus: To position actors, props, lighting, and scenery in such a way as to “command” that the audience look a certain direction.
9. Gender Bend: To place an actor into a role that was intended for an actor of the opposite sex; to put a boy in a female part or a girl in a male part with out changing the gender of the character.
10. Gestures: Hand movements that are expressive.
11. Gimmicks: Devices used to win the approval of the audience.
12. Hook: A figurative term to getting the audience’s attention and holding it.
13. Lip Sync: A type of performance in which an actor or actors act as though they are the ones singing a song by synchronizing their lip movements to the words of the song; also includes acting out the story of the song and/or dancing.
14. Lyricist: A person who writes song lyrics.
15. Lyrics: The words in a song.
16. Movement: In theatre, the way an actor uses his body for interpretation.
17. Narrative: A story.
18. Open Up to the Audience: To turn one’s body out slightly toward the audience, usually by a simple shift of the foot.
19. Opposing Synchronization: forces actors to work together to create movement that appears to be “cause and effect.”
20. Pantomime: To act out a specific movement without the use of a prop.
21. Perfect Synchronization: Two or more actors are doing the exact same thing for a sustained period of time.
22. Plane: A flat surface that is not always readily visible; may include Stage Left to Stage Right, Downstage to Upstage, and floor to ceiling.
23. Props: The things or items used by actors on-stage.
24. Set: Anything that indicates a place or setting or turns a non-traditional performance space into a suitable performance area.
25. Stage Picture: A term used to describe each movement on-stage as though it were a photograph; the desirable stage picture is one in which actors are focused, a story is being told, and there is a focal point.
26. Synchronize: To match or align two or more things exactly.
27. Tableau: Meaning, “picture” and also meaning “scene” refers to creating meaningful pictures on-stage.
28. Take Center: To make one’s self the center of focus.
29. Teamwork: The result of more than one person using their assets and working together to reach a common goal.
30. Upstage Hand (or Foot): The Upstage body part is the one farthest away from the audience at that moment; it will change as actors move around on the stage.
31. Upstage One’s Self: To poorly position one’s self so that the audience’s view will be obstructed.

I like your silence; the more it shows off your wonder.”
- William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale Act V, Scene 3