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 Trump, a Wharton graduate who also rails against the Ivy League, has transcended Wallace’s political achievements by delivering transparently cynical performances that nevertheless, with his gift for stagecraft, come across to many as authentic. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump, George Wallace, and the Influence of Losers," 4 Dec. 2020 Dumont also evokes classical theater oratory but transposes minimalist stagecraft to cinematic realism: His characters declaim on hilly exteriors, in windblown nature and literally beneath the heavens. Armond White, National Review, "A Second Joan of Arc Film Challenges Us All," 20 Nov. 2020 But exposure is the enemy of revulsion, and people have grown comfortable with the necessity of stagecraft. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "Americans Got Tired of Looking Bad on Zoom," 19 Nov. 2020 Prior to the pandemic briefings, his press conferences were infrequent, his stagecraft tightly controlled. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Andrew Cuomo, the King of New York," 12 Oct. 2020 This legacy of distrust endured as the pandemic emerged in Britain, now led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose predilection for stagecraft over substance frequently draws comparisons to President Trump. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ May Not Work in a Time of Pandemic," 4 Oct. 2020 The stagecraft, including live music and flags, was meant to evoke previous Middle East agreements. The Christian Science Monitor, "Bahrain, UAE sign diplomatic pacts with Israel at White House," 16 Sep. 2020 The stagecraft, including live music and flags was meant to evoke previous Middle East agreements. Deb Riechmann, Star Tribune, "Trump: Israeli pacts with 2 Arab states signal 'new' Mideast," 15 Sep. 2020 In the theater program at Booker T., the pandemic pushed classes online in mid-March, upending instruction and the ability to hold live performances, the essence of stagecraft. Sara Mosle, The Atlantic, "Teaching Theater Through Four Decades of Social Change," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of stagecraft

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Stagecraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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