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TermDefinitionCross-reference
AB Stereophonic
ABOVE1) Elizabethan stage directions for a location on an upper stage or in a gallery. 2) Stage direction (mostly obsolete) for upstage, upstage of. 
AB POWERING Phantom Power
ABSTRACT SETTINGA stage setting that is stylized rather than photorealistic or representational; that is, one that does not attempt to present a realistic stage picture.Setting
ACCENT LIGHTINGLighting that stresses certain stage areas. It may be done with intensity and/or color. An "accent light" is one that provides such illumination.
Accent Light
ACNAdvanced Control Network. Show control protocol using ethernet, designed to improve on the limitations of DMX512.DMX/SMX/RDM
ACOUSTICPertaining to sound.Acoustics
ACOUSTIC PICK-UP Pick-Up
ACOUSTICSThe behavior of sound and its study. The acoustics of a room depend on its size and shape and the amount and position of sound-absorbing and reflecting material.Acoustic
ACROSS Go
ACT1) One of the principal structural divisions of a dramatic work, usually, in a play, from one to five in number. 2) To perform, to represent a character in a dramatic production. Hence acting. 3) A solo performance created and/or presented by the performer, as in 'a Las Vegas act.' 
ACT CALL Call
ACT CURTAINA curtain behind the fireproof curtain, and behind the grand drape, if there is one, closing the proscenium opening, and raised (or drawn) to reveal the stage during an act or scene.Grand Drape
ACT DROPVictorian stretched framed and painted canvas. Used as a visual stimulation during scene changes, and to indicate that there was more to come. Term now used to refer to any front cloth or tabs lowered during intervals. Especially pantomime / musicals. 
ACTING AREAThat area within the performance space within which the actor may move in full view of the audience. Also, a specific portion of such an area actually used for acting during all or part of a performance.Acting area light
ACTING COMPANY Company
ACTING EDITION Performing Edition
ACTION1) The physical movement of an actor on the stage. 2) The movement or development of the plot of a dramatic work, or an incident in that movement, as it is revealed or meant to be revealed by actors on the stage through dialogue, physical movement, etc. Short for 'dramatic action.' 
ACTIVEA piece of circuitry is termed active if it needs a power supply for it to function. (Active DI box, Active crossover etc.) Circuitry that needs no additional power supply is termed passive (e.g. resistors & capacitors in a crossover). Passive circuits use the electrical sound signal itself to operate the components. OR A piece of circuitry is termed active if it amplifies a signal supplied to it. A passive circuit does not increase the level of a signal. 
ACTOROriginally a male performer in a play, with "actress" used for women. Today, "actor" is increasingly used for both male and female performers. 


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