stage·​craft ˈstāj-ˌkraft How to pronounce stagecraft (audio)
: the effective management of theatrical devices or techniques

Examples of stagecraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All the sort of stagecraft and blocks and green lights and stuff. Joelle Goldstein, Peoplemag, 28 Mar. 2024 Klimt’s mysticism is a kind of busy stagecraft, all confetti cannons and angels dangling from ropes. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 Lines were learned, songs perfected, stagecraft honed. Owen Thomas, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Feb. 2024 The show was structured around a couple of Oliva’s costume changes and the occasional bit of stagecraft where an element of the stage would lift her up or lower her down below. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2024 Baron’s production, which this year was remounted by resident director José Carrasquillo, leans into the tale’s gothic trappings with elaborate stagecraft and spooky sound design. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 These days, Walsh and Ballard are both building the musical stagecraft portion of their ever-expanding skill sets. Will Hodge, SPIN, 18 Dec. 2023 Eastern Mexico University focused more on the basics — marching and musical performance — while Dobyns-Bennett High School in Tennessee also showed impressive stagecraft and dramatic lighting. Jem Aswad, Variety, 8 Jan. 2024 Opening night was a flawless exercise in far-out stagecraft, with a 22-song setlist largely centered on songs from the 1991 album Achtung Baby. Spin Staff, SPIN, 21 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stagecraft was in 1882

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“Stagecraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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