Standard Acting Areas
*The purpose of having Standard Acting Areas is so that directors and actors can effectively communicate where to start, move, and end up while on stage.
*Both the Proscenium and the Thrust stage use standard acting areas; the only difference being is that the proscenium stage adds the apron.
*These are the two configurations used for acting areas. The top one is often used on smaller stages, and the bottom one for large stages for a more precise description.
*We have heard these listed as 9 and 15 or 10 and 16 areas. Generally, we at Uciem feel that the Apron does count as an acting area for proscenium stages since it is acted upon.
*Notice that left and Right appear flipped on the diagram. This is because the diagram is drawn from the audience's / director's point of view, however directions are given from the actor's point of view in order to make it easy for them. This means the director must give directions in reverse.
Updated: January 19, 2019