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Theatre (Greek "theatron"), enjoys the distinction of two spellings: in British English, "theatre" and in American English, "theater". There is no technical distinction between the meanings of the two spellings, however most theatre artists prefer the English spelling because it creates a historical nod to the ancient Greek term theatron. Some also use the American spelling to designate a theatre building and the English term to reference the art itself, as in the "art of theatre."

Theatre is that branch of the performing arts concerned with the creation of stories or narratives for (or with) an audience using combinations of acting, speech, gesture, music, dance, object manipulation, sound and spectacle -- indeed, any one or more elements of the other performing arts. In addition to standard narrative dialogue style, theatre takes such forms as opera, musicals, ballet, mime, kabuki, classical Indian dance, Chinese opera, mummers' plays, improvisation, story theater and pantomime.

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C. is a national center for the arts. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and the Washington Ballet. The Kennedy Center Honors are awarded each year to those in the performing arts who have contributed greatly to the cultural life of the United States. The President and First Lady typically attend the Honors ceremony, as the First Lady is the honorary chair of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees. Arena Stage, one of the nation's first non-profit regional theaters, produces an eight-show season that features classic works and new American plays. The Shakespeare Theatre Company is a non-profit theatre founded in 1985, which critics regard as "one of the world's three great Shakespearean theatres" for its reinterpretations and production of classical plays. The U Street corridor in Northwest Washington, known as "Washington's Black Broadway", is home to institutions like Bohemian Caverns and the Lincoln Theatre, which hosted music legends such as Washington-native Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. Other jazz venues feature modern blues such as Madam's Organ in Adams Morgan and Blues Alley in Georgetown.

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A lithograph for "William H. West's Big Minstrel Jubilee" from 1900, showing the blackface transformation of Billy Van, "the Monologue Comedian". Originating in the United States, blackface theatrical makeup was used to take on the appearance of an archetype of American racism--that of the darky or coon.

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John Vanbrugh in Godfrey Kneller's Kit-cat portrait
Sir John Vanbrugh was an English architect and dramatist, best known as the designer of Blenheim Palace. He wrote two argumentative and outspoken Restoration comedies, The Relapse (1696) and The Provoked Wife (1697), which have become enduring stage favourites but originally occasioned much controversy. Vanbrugh was in many senses a radical throughout his life. As a young man and a committed Whig, he was part of the scheme to overthrow James II, put William III on the throne and protect English parliamentary democracy, dangerous undertakings which landed him in the dreaded Bastille of Paris as a political prisoner. In his career as a playwright, he offended many sections of Restoration and 18th-century society, not only by the sexual explicitness of his plays, but by their messages in defence of women's rights in marriage. His architectural work was as bold and daring as his early political activism and his marriage-themed plays, and jarred conservative opinions on the subject.

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Tallulah Bankhead
If you want to help the American theater, don't be an actress, be an audience.

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History: Sanskrit Plays o Natya Shastra o Natya Shastra of Bharata o Koodiyattam o Bhasa o K?lid?sa o Kathakali o Bhavabhuti o Harsha o Chinese theatre o Cantonese Opera o Beijing Opera o Ramakien o Noh o Bunraku o Kabuki o Butoh o Theatre of Ancient Greece o Theatre of ancient Rome o Medieval theatre o Commedia dell'Arte o English Renaissance theatre o Restoration comedy o Restoration spectacular o Neoclassicism o Twentieth century theatre

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Types: Comedy o Drama o Musical theatre o Hip-Hop theater

Philosophy: Aristotle o Poetics o Konstantin Stanislavski o Antonin Artaud o Bertolt Brecht o Orson Welles o Peter Brook o Jerzy Grotowski o Meisner technique o Stanislavsky System o Method acting o Presentational acting

Organization: Community theatre o Dinner theatre o Fringe theatre o Summer stock theatre o Regional theatre o Off-Off-Broadway o Off-Broadway o Off West End o Broadway theatre o West End theatre

Unions: Actors' Equity Association o Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers o International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

Awards: Back Stage West Garland Awards o Drama Desk Award o Evening Standard Awards o Green Room Award o Hans-Reinhart-Ring o Helpmann Award o Joseph Jefferson Award o Laurence Olivier Awards o London Critics' Circle Theatre Awards o Lucille Lortel Award o Manchester Evening News o Matilda Award o New York Innovative Theatre Awards o Molière Award o Obie Award o Ovation Awards o Sangeet Natak Academy Award o Theatre Pasta Theatre Awards o Tony Award

Stagecraft: Theatre director o Playwright o Actor o Production team o Set designer o Lighting designer o Costume designer o Sound design o Dramaturg o Stage management o Production manager o Technical theatre

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