The Text and the Line of Action: Re-conceiving Watching the Script


  • Jennifer Roberts-Smith University of Waterloo



Watching the Script (WtS), Representation of text, Interface design, User interface, 3D modeling, Theatre, Performance studies, Knowledge environment, Material analysis / Réprésentation de texte, Design d’interface, Interface d’utilisateur, Modélisation 3


This article discusses the creation of various prototypes of Watching the Script, a reading tool designed to enhance users’ interactions with theatrical texts by providing three key tools: a panel with an overview of the entire document; a reading view that shows the text in readable scale; and a stage view that shows text as speeches and associates them with coloured dots representing characters. The latter feature liberates speeches from their typographical sequence and associates them with mobile character dots, thus focusing the user’s attention of smaller units of text and the relationship between the text and the speaker.

Author Biography

Jennifer Roberts-Smith, University of Waterloo

Jennifer Roberts-Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G1