A glossary of Stage Terms for students exploring design for Stage and Screen

Curtain Line

Curtain Line. An imaginary line that runs across the stage where the curtain, house curtain, House Tabs fall and touch the stage floor.

Down Stage

Downstage is that part of the stage closest to the audience.


Curtain or House Curtain is  that large drapery which hides the stage from the audience, also referred to as the House Tabs, the Tabs.


The Auditorium is that  part of the theatre which accommodates the audience.

Fire Curtain

The Fire Curtain or Safety Curtain is a heavy steel clad fire proof curtain that in an emergency can be dropped in along the front of the stage to seal the stage and back-stage areas from the auditorium and front of house areas in the Theatre. It is some times referred to as the Iron.