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

Dock Door(s)

The Dock Door or Scene Dock door is a large strong door that allows for large items of scenery, technical equipment, props, animals etc to be brought on stage from outside the theatre. In this example, because street level is higher than the level of the stage ramps are required to enable items to be brought […]


The Wings are the sides of the stage where performers wait to go on stage, where scenery and props are held for setting on stage the wings are concealed from the view of the audience.


SL or Stage Left, the left hand side of the stage as viewed by the performer when facing the audience also termed Prompt Side.

Stage Weight

Stage Weight is a heavy weight used to secure the bottom of a Stage Brace or French Brace when fixed to and supporting a flat or piece of scenery on the stage