adverb or adjective
down·​stage | \ ˈdau̇n-ˈstāj How to pronounce downstage (audio) \

Definition of downstage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : toward or at the front of a theatrical stage
2 : toward a motion-picture or television camera


down·​stage | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌstāj How to pronounce downstage (audio) \

Definition of downstage (Entry 2 of 2)

: the part of a stage that is nearest the audience or camera

Examples of downstage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tesshi Nakagawa’s scenic design focuses attention on the handsome downstage dining area. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 There’s the stage with different acoustics upstage and downstage, the orchestra level seating area, under the balcony, which is an extremely deep area with a low ceiling, and the upper balcony. oregonlive, 27 Sep. 2021 The piece ends with a massive, rectangular plank, with a relatively small square cut out at one end, tipping over and toward associate artistic director and longtime company performer Cassandre Joseph, standing downstage., 19 Aug. 2021 After Lapine confuses upstage and downstage and gives inappropriately harsh notes, Grammer, who plays several small roles, reams the director out in front of the company. New York Times, 28 July 2021 Once the opera gets started, all the activity is downstage, leaving a dark, empty space behind. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2020 Since the 18th century, orchestras have relied on the leadership of a single individual standing downstage center and waving a baton, sculpting the sound to their preference. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, 7 Nov. 2019 With Swanilda, the diagonal is a retreat (downstage right to upstage left); its charm lies in how very little her upper body does and in how that little makes magic. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, 31 May 2018 Upstage is at the former home of Clockwise Theatre at 221 N. Genesee St., just a few blocks from the downstage venue at 115 N. Genesee St., where the theater festival is being held. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, 23 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of downstage

Adverb or adjective

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1931, in the meaning defined above

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“Downstage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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