Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


Toward, at, or on the front part of a stage.
adj. (doun′stāj′)
Of or relating to the front part of a stage.
n. (doun′stāj′)
The front half of a stage.


(ˈdaʊnˈsteɪdʒ) theatre
(Theatre) at or towards the front of the stage
(Theatre) of or relating to the front of the stage
(Theatre) the front half of the stage


(adv., n. ˈdaʊnˈsteɪdʒ; adj. ˈdaʊnˌsteɪdʒ)

1. at or toward the front of the stage.
2. of, pertaining to, or done at or toward the front of the stage: a downstage exit.
3. the front half of the stage.


The front part of a stage, toward the audience.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.downstage - the front half of the stage (as seen from the audience)
stage - a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience; "he clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box"
theater stage, theatre stage - a stage in a theater on which actors can perform
Adj.1.downstage - of the front half of a stage
upstage - of the back half of a stage; "she crossed to the upstage chair forcing the lead to turn his back to the audience"
Adv.1.downstage - at or toward the front of the stage; "the actors moved further and further downstage"
dramatic art, dramaturgy, theater, theatre, dramatics - the art of writing and producing plays
upstage - at or toward the rear of the stage; "the dancers were directed to move upstage"
References in periodicals archive ?
If you're downstage, you'll get a bigger laugh there than if you were standing in the middle of the stage.
Throughout the piece we are presented with short respites from the downstage action of Brennan's contemporary reality with the upstage scenes depicting enactments of Brennan's fictional short stories.
She minimizes all her symptoms, while her spouse, who sits slightly downstage, provides me with nonverbal support as my questions about depression and anxiety roll out.
They could be made downstage through the audience via steps or ramps from the corners of the thrust.
Co-produced with Lethbridge's New West Theatre, Downstage Theatre presented Drew Hayden Taylor's In a World Created by a Drunken God Oct.
In theatre, when an actor moves towards the front of the stage, is this known as moving downstage or upstage?
Ten undoubtedly chilly hours after Jane first took up her supporting role, somewhere presumably downstage of the RSC workshops rooms where the sale took place, the first bargains were snapped up.
Since the gap between the furthest downstage edge of the catwalk and the limits of the pit was narrow, it discouraged any movement from one side to the other.
Therefore it will be beneficial to decrease the size and downstage the tumour.
The theatre group, Downstage Theatre, defended the criticism, saying it left the adult themes in, as it did not want to be condescending to children.
The fact that they could downstage patients to more surgical options, especially breast-conserving surgery, is important.