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Exterior of the KD Studio Theatre in Dallas, Texas.

A studio theatre (often abbreviated to pl. "studios") is a 20th-century term that describes a small theatre space.[1] Studio theatres often have a flexible auditorium whose stage and seating may be re-arranged to suit the specific requirements of a production.[2] Many studio theatres are attached to a larger theatres and function as a space for the exploration of more experimental modes of performance or the staging of new writing.[2] Universities and drama schools often contain a studio theatre.[2]

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  1. ^ Harrison (1998, 265). Harrison explains the etymology of the term: "Italian studio, 'a study, or workshop for a graphic artist', was first appropriated by English in eC19: 'The greatest work which issued from his [ Cimabue's ] studio, was his scholar Giotto' (1819, Edinburgh Review). The transference to other skill areas began in mC19--Thackeray in The Newcomes (1854), for example, refers to 'a dentist's studio'."
  2. ^ a b c Harrison (1998, 265).


  • Harrison, Martin. 1998. The Language of Theatre. London: Routledge. ISBN 0878300872.


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