Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Toward, at, or on the front part of a stage.
  • adj. Of or relating to the front part of a stage.
  • n. The front half of a stage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. toward or at the front of a theatrical stage
  • adv. towards a motion-picture or television camera
  • adj. At the front of a stage
  • n. the part of a stage that is closest to the audience or camera

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of or pertaining to the front half of a stage. Opposite of upstage.
  • adv. at the front half of the stage. Opposite of upstage.
  • n. the front half of a stage. Opposite of upstage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the front half of the stage (as seen from the audience)
  • adj. of the front half of a stage
  • adv. at or toward the front of the stage

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

down +‎ stage

Examples

  • “Yes, I have been thinking about that scene…” I heard Lacy say as he and Hart moved downstage.

    Exit the Actress

  • And then, at the very moment we assume the performance has come to a close and a hearty applause is in order, the House of Whimsy performers line up downstage.

    Roya Rastegar: Justin Bond and the House of Whimsy: Re:Galli Blonde (A Sissy Fix)

  • Ter Brugghen emphasizes the suffering young man's pallor, dwells on his strained arm muscles, and itemizes the arrow wounds, but where Caravaggio would have given us downstage gore, there are only delicate trickles of blood, neatly lined up with the picture plane.

    An Artist of Dual Allegiances

  • "I had a break-out gospel number where I was supposed to let the holy spirit take me over and then convulse downstage," she said.

    What Are the LaChanzes?

  • Mr. Oram's set often pushed the action downstage, which was good for vocal projection and showcased Mr. Grandage's careful detail in the scene work.

    Ladies' Man

  • Most of Act I was set downstage in a kind of trench behind the stationary apron planks, which limited the singers' vocal projection.

    Where Intimacy Walked the Plank

  • And these changes coincide with the stepping out from the five-wide line of Jackson brothers into the bright spotlight of solo fame downstage.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Using the exit signs to center myself, I moved slowly downstage, putting both hands out in front of me.

    Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die the Deep End of Fear

  • But now a stream would run from its base, and the bridge over the stream would have a balance beam as its downstage side.

    Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die the Deep End of Fear

  • As for Mr. Keenan, he was stationed in his customary position: If you envision a rock band's usual setup, Mr. Iha stands where the drummer is most often found, and the drummer and the singer are on separate platforms behind the bassist and Mr. Howerdel, who stand downstage.

    Eight Stages, 130 Acts, Lollapalooza Packs Them In

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