A studio theatre (or simply studio) is 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).