Downstage is a theater term. To be "downstage" is to be near the front of the stage, facing the audience. The opposite of this is to be upstage, which is to be near the back of the stage; by the back wall. This is a term that cast and crew use to refer to placement of scenery or actors.

A diagram of a theater from the side:

                           | <- Back wall of the theater
               Downstage Upstage|
                   |    |  |
   **.          .----..---.|
      *..       ___________|
         ***,___|
 
  '---------'
      'Audience

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