Stage Directions

Stage left, stage right, up-stage, and down-stage refer to the perception of the stage in relation to where you are standing. The rear of the stage is considered up-stage. This derives from the raked stage, where the stage sloped up away from the audience. The front of the stage is down-stage. Stage left and right refers to the performer’s left and right facing the audience. Audience left and right or house left and right refer to how the audience perceives the stage. The audience’s left is referred as house left or audience left as is the right as well.