Theatre Development Fund's Online Theatre Dictionary Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
Theatre Development Fund's (TDF) fun and informative online theatre dictionary, at www.theatredictionary.org, is celebrating the year anniversary of its launch. During this first year the number of theatre terms more than doubled - from 20 to 43, all featuring unique videos as well as written definitions. To mark the occasion, TDF is premiering a new video defining the term "Commedia dell'arte" starring RuPaul's Drag Race 5th Season winner Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales, her co-star in the hit NYC Stage production The Vaudevillians (currently at the Laurie Beechman Theatre through November 11).
"The Theatre Dictionary's first year has exceeded our expectations," said Mark Blankenship, TDF's Online Content Editor. "When a superstar drag queen is making 'commedia' jokes and a group of off-Off Broadway actors is interviewing dogs about performance art, then you know something exciting is going on. As more theatres contribute videos to the Theatre Dictionary, we've been delighted by their wit and creativity. The Theatre Dictionary is both an engaging reference tool and a platform for the work of theatre artists. It's supposed to entertain you, even while it teaches you something, and our contributors have realized that vision even better than we hoped."
ABOUT THE TDF THEATRE DICTIONARY
The TDF Theatre Dictionary at www.theatredictionary.org, is a video guide to common and not-so common theatre lingo. It defines theatre terms with short, original films that have been made by TDF or commissioned from performing arts institutions across North America. Two new 'theatre terms' are added each month. The videos that describe these terms are paired with in-depth essays on the term being defined, letting the TDF Theatre Dictionary act as a reference tool as well as a video art project. A blog feature also lets users respond with comments, questions, or their own definitions.
The Theatre Dictionary empowers audiences by bringing them closer to the theatre's language, helping them to become 'theatre insiders'. It empowers theatre artists by inviting them to make art. It sparks essential conversation by encouraging everyone to celebrate the theatre's place in our culture.
Below is a partial list of the current theatre terms defined in TDF's Theatre Dictionary and the theatre companies and/or shows that produced them. Click on the word to watch it on the site.
CHILD WRANGLER - Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, Toronto, CA
DEVELOPMENT HELL - Lark Play Development Center; New York, NY
DEVISED THEATRE- The TEAM; New York, NY
DOUBLE TAKE - cast members from The Nance and Old Jews Telling Jokes
DRY TECH - New Jersey Repertory Company; Long Branch, NJ
ELEVEN O'CLOCK NUMBER - cast members from Off Broadway's Avenue Q
GYPSY ROBE - Actors' Equity Association; New York, NY