I’ve been in the drama education world for quite some time now, and I just figured out the actual difference between drama and theatre. So, to help clarify for anyone else, I thought I’d share the difference between theatre vs. drama.
First of all, theatRE vs. theatER, what’s the difference? Well, truthfully, nothing. The ‘er’ version is preferred with American English whereas the ‘re’ version is the British version. However, you will constantly see people referred to a building or a structure, where the art is performed, as theatER and the art form as theatRE. But, there truly is no difference.
As for theatre vs. drama, well, my good friend, who is a University Theatre teacher, Zoe, gave me the quick lowdown on the difference. Simply:
It’s about as simple as that. What we do here at Playing With Plays is all about the process. You can see our drama plays here.