Putting on a play takes a great deal of work, organization and time. From the page to the stage, there are challenges to be met: choosing a script, securing rights, gathering a production team, building sets, making costumes, organizing rehearsals, directing the actors, and more.
Photo: Director Natalie Abrahami
Looking for a Play?
Looking for a particular play or publisher? Check out AACT's Play Sources page, with a list of publishers & other sources--including AACT-member playwrights and AACT's exclusive Play Finder. Check Production News for latest on rights & royalties, including streaming rights.
Rights & Royalties
Producing a copyrighted work requires permission and/or payment of royalties (including background music used in a production or performed on stage as part of a play)--whether you charge admission or not, and whether you are a for-profit or not-for-profit theatre, or a school. Learn all the facts on our Rights & Royalties pages.
Help on Script Changes & Videotaping
- An article from the AACT Resource Library: "Script Changes? Copyright law requires permission. Here’s how to make it work."
- Since most copyrighted words cannot be recorded or videotaped without permission from the rights holder, take a look at this Resource Library article: "Videotaping: An Inconvenient Truth."
- AACT's Resource Library offers members a large collection of how-to articles and forms on production, management, governance, advocacy, and more.
Check out the many Discounts & Special Offers for AACT members. For example, Music Theatre International provides AACT organizational members with substantial discounts on standard rental fees on MTI musicals.
Check the Production menu on this page for more help.