Difference between theater and drama?

What is the difference between theater and drama? is drama the same thing as theater but focused on a specific genre? just wondering.

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  • 10 years ago
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    Drama is the art-form, theatre is the building. There are two types of Drama: Comedy and tragedy.

    In modern usage, "theatre" has come to mean the elements of drama (playwrighting and acting) AND the elements of play production (design, directing, etc.) as well as the physical building.

    All plays are dramas -- drama is not a genre or type or style. Aristotle described the elements of tragedy in "The Poetics", so the definition of "comedy" is "anything that isn't a tragedy."

  • 8 years ago

    I kind of think of them as the same thing and I call theatre like musical theatre and drama like both or the class

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