stage·​craft | \ ˈstāj-ˌkraft How to pronounce stagecraft (audio) \

Definition of stagecraft

: the effective management of theatrical devices or techniques

Examples of stagecraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And while that is effective stagecraft, relying too much on the Watergate template of presidential scandal risks derailing the American public from the most fundamental objective of the committee’s work. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 29 June 2022 Yet a subtle stagecraft has lent the hearings an unexpected momentum and pull that has drawn in many viewers — including the former president, who is said to have been monitoring them. Josh Dawsey, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Such stagecraft comes naturally to the onetime KGB operative, longtime Putin watchers say. Laura Kingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 Sometimes in the art of political stagecraft, an entire debate can shift on a single statement. Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune, 17 June 2022 Exposing the elements of Williams’ stagecraft and making the audience unusually conscious of them puts pressure on the actors to deliver without the assistance of cunningly hidden and supportive stage effects. David Benedict, Variety, 1 June 2022 Such corporate stagecraft is wholly inadequate if disconnected from measuring cyber threats’ real strategic, reputational, operational and financial risks. Noah Barsky, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Family-friendly community open house where guests can enjoy stage tours, costume displays, stagecraft demonstrations, entertainment and hands-on activities. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 5 June 2022 Over the past two decades Breen had taught himself to swallow swords, eat fire, throw knives, perform illusions, and conduct every other form of stagecraft that his show required. David Hill, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stagecraft

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stagecraft was in 1882

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6 Jul 2022

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“Stagecraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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