Performing Arts Terms Dictionary

Every niche has its own language, own terms. Here is a list of terms that you can go across in your career or by reading our articles.


Lead – Main character; the movie couldn’t exist without this character
Principal – Not specific role with more than five lines
Supporting – A character supporting lead character and is appearing in more than two scenes, the character is essential to the story
Featured – A speaking role, with a few lines, but the scene with the character could be easily cut off the movie
SOC – Silent on a camera