A studio theatre (often abbreviated to pl. "studios") is a 20th-century term that describes a small theatre space. Studio theatres often have a flexible auditorium whose stage and seating may be re-arranged to suit the specific requirements of a production. Many studio theatres are attached to a larger theatres and function as a space for the exploration of more experimental modes of performance or the staging of new writing. Universities and drama schools often contain a studio theatre.
- Harrison (1998, 265). Harrison explains the etymology of the term: "Italian studio, 'a study, or workshop for a graphic artist', was first appropriated by English in eC19: 'The greatest work which issued from his [ Cimabue's ] studio, was his scholar Giotto' (1819, Edinburgh Review). The transference to other skill areas began in mC19--Thackeray in The Newcomes (1854), for example, refers to 'a dentist's studio'."
- Harrison (1998, 265).
- Harrison, Martin. 1998. The Language of Theatre. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-87830-087-2.