These are the words that you will hear from directors and coaches on the stage and in the film industry. Familiarize yourself with them so that you'll understand what they are talking about.


1. Activity - what character physically does to accomplish objective.

2. Adjustment - how character feels.

3. Behavior - not responding directly as character feels

4. Contact - the adjustment shared as a result of mutual responding

5. High - so emotionally intense or passive you can not respond

6. Indicate - to project that which character does not feel

7. Institute - to project an impulse that illicits a response

8. Lucidity - perfect clarity of adjustments

9. Memory Stimulation - the use of something not immediate to respond to

10. Motivate - to substantiate objective, activity, or adjustment

11. Objective - what character wants to accomplish during each beat

12. Overall Objective - what character wants to accomplish throughout the entire play

13. Personna - social image one has of himself

14. Respond - to react directly to impulse

15. Substitution - the use of something immediate to respond to

16. Transition - change of adjustment


1. Arbitrary - unmotivated or inorganic

2. Beat - unit of play smaller than scene delineated by change of objective

3. Bind - when character through his own doing can not advance ot retreat without personal damage

4. Character - psychologically who

5. Conclusion - result of conflict and completion of key or premis

6. Conflict - that which opposses objective

7. Dilemma - opening problem

8. Exposition - presentation of enough information for audience to empathize

9. Key - spiritual value of play

10. Metrics - particular choice and order of objectives, activities, and adjustments in script

11. Organic - that which proceeds seemingly and inevitably from what has been presented

12. Premis - intellectual value of play

13. Scene Symbol - when frame makes an analogy (symbol)

14. Sequence - metrics used to present a time development (such as growing old) AND group of activities used to accomplish objectives

15. Symphesis - presentation simultaneously of more than one time, locale, and/or situation


1. Alignment - vertical line of the body

2. Appendages - parts of the body: head, neck, arms, legs,feet

3. Bleed - bad blending or slurring between two phases of movement

4. Center - part of body chosen to dominate movement

5. Club - foot and toes arched back

6. Controls - image that produces movement and the physical means of delivering this image

7. Drop - quick fall to the floor

8. Economy - the prosaic qualified

9. Form - movement created or changed to reveal more

10. Form Walk - a walk formed to deliver essense of character at desired level of abstraction, based upon activity,and showing subjective and objective

11. In tension - moving with the body tensed

12. Interval - distance between performers

13. Isolation - moving one part of the body only

14. Over extending - to break alignment by extenson of appendage

15. Physical separation - moving two or more parts of the body in different dynamics simultaneously

16. Plie - a descent

17. Point - foot and toes arched forward

18. Primary - large movement

19. Prosaic - movement as done in life

20. Release - immediate relaxation following tension

21. Releve - tiptoes (on balls of feet)

22. Ronde de Jambe - arch with locked knees, pointed foot and toes

23. Secondary - medium movement

24. Tak - command to execute

25. Technique - physical vocabulary used to establish kinesthethic unity

26. Tension a specific type of contraction

27. Tertiary - small movement

28. Torso - body from neck to crotch

29. Transfer - change of weight from one part of the body to another

30. Warmup - preparing body for physical work


1. Abstract -

a. (verb) means of revealing more
b. (noun) degree of distance from the literal

2. Capacity - working at the highest level of your effort

3. Conventions - pantomime or production symbols

4. Dynamics -

a. (change) anything that makes a contrast
b. (break) a reversal of the implied
c. means used in executing and creating theatre forms

5. Empathy - the exact relationship between mime and audience

6. Form - movement created or changed to reveal more

7. Locale - performed convention for place

8. Locomotion - performed conventon for method and act of being transported

9. Lucid image - that part of activity that communicates the conventon

10. Mask - handling human face as a mask and the control it produces

11. Mime - actor playing mim symbols in form

12. Mime symbol - an activity created solely to communicate spiritual values

This activity is not done ideally in the world.

If it is done in the world, it must be so changed that it escapes the literal by playing more directly the sgnificance behind it

13. Pantomime - handling of imaginary objects or situations

a. depends not on idea, but upon execution

b. the illusion of weight, textures, and comfortable movement in space

14. Positing - placing enough before an audience to be performing

15. Relationships - a scene portraying social, and psychological state of being between two or more people

16. Separation - playing simultaneously, activity and adjustment, usually not found together

17. Sign - arbitrary symbol


Charles Northrup
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