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Choosing & Staging Productions:  https://aact.org/production  |  Arts Advocacy:  https://aact.org/advocacy

 

Image of a clipboardWhether you're new to the AACT website, or still exploring its many features, the resources below are designed to suit your needs. Many are available to all site visitors; those listed with a red leaf  Red leaf icon are accessible to AACT members only (you must be signed in to view these pages)


1. Making Theatre

graphic bullet or dingbat PlayFinder & more

We provide four ways to search for publishers and authors of plays and musicals, all on one page:  www.aact.org/sources

  1. Know the title you want, but not who offers it? Use the AACT PlayFinder, a specialized Google search engine that quickly locates who has it.
  2. Looking for publishers who specialize in children’s plays, musicals, or other specialized productions?   Use the “Browse publishers by category” feature.
  3. Interested in new works by up-and-coming authors?  Explore the “AACT-Member Playwrights” listings for comedies, dramas, and musicals.
  4. Gain access to an ongoing project to list every play written or produced in English since 1956.

On the drop-own menu, choose "Making Theatre," then "Production," then "Play Sources"--or use this direct link.
 

graphic bullet or dingbat Play Contests & Other Opportunities

Playwrights looking for companies that produce new plays can find a regularly updated listing here.

If your company produces new plays and wants to get the word out, you can post information about this on the AACT website’s “Play Contests & Other Opportunities” page.   It makes no difference if you’re just looking for new plays or have an actual contest—or whether it’s a one-time or an ongoing thing.  To view current listings or add your own, go to aact.org/contests.

On the drop-down menu, go to "Making Theatre," then "Production," then "Play Contests," or click this direct link.

graphic bullet or dingbat Theatre Terms

This database, open to all, provides over 1000 definitions of on- and offstage terminology, from Aside, Beam Angle, and Camlock, to Upstaging, VU Meter and Wagon. Fully searchable, our glossary is helpful for anyone wanting to better understand the inner workings of theatre. On the drop-down menu, go to "Making Theatre," then "Production," then "Theatre Terms"-- or use this direct link.

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Red leaf icon Productions List (who's done what & how well they did) 

Maintained by AACT-member companies, the AACTivity Productions List tells you which plays and musicals are being produced around the country, and how well they fared financially. 

  • On the drop-down menu, choose "Making Theatre," then "AACTivity Production List," or use this direct link (you must be signed in to access).
  • Want to take part?  Enroll your theatre in AACTivity [www.aact.org/aactivity]. 
  • If your company is already an AACTivity member, now’s a good time to update the list of your productions. On the drop-down menu, choose "Networking," then scroll down to the bottom for "AACTivity Log-in"--or use this direct link (you must be signed in to access).
     
graphic bullet or dingbat Theatre People (basic job descriptions)

Our website’s most popular feature (according to Google) is Theatre People, a listing of basic job descriptions for key positions in most theatre companies. You’ll find guidelines for Actor, Artistic Director, Chief Administrative Officer, Choreographer, Costume Designer, Director, House Manager, Lighting Designer, Marketing/Publicity Director, Music Director, Playwright, Production Manager, Set Designer, Sound Designer, Stage Manager, Technical Director, and other key positions. You may use these helpful descriptions for general reference or as a basis for creating your own.  Click on the drop-down menu’s “Making Theatre” then “Production,” then “Theatre People.” Or use this direct link to the page.

Red leaf icon Resource Library

Find hundreds of articles on a wide spectrum of topics of importance to community theatres and those who work in them—including Acting & Directing, Rights & Royalties, Technical Topics, and Volunteers.. To access the Resource Library, you must be signed in with your username and password.  On the drop-down menus, choose “Networking,” then “Resource Library," or click here (you must be signed in for access).

graphic bullet or dingbat Theatre Quote Finder

Find quotes relating to all aspects of theatre, including Acting, Directing, Backstage, Critics, Fundraising, Lighting, Playwriting, Set Design, and more.  Access our searchable database via the drop-down menu under “Networking," or use this direct link.


2. Networking

graphic bullet or dingbat List your company’s productions & events

View or post listings on upcoming shows and other events across the country.   Click on the drop-down menu’s “Festivals & Events,” then “Local Events,” then “Post Your Event--or click here.
 

Red leaf icon AACTList email discussion group 

Ask a question, share ideas, or provide help via AACTList, the email discussion group for organizational members of AACT, providing a forum for problem solving and resource sharing among our member theatres. Once you’ve subscribed, you can post (or respond to) a question, or raise an issue with other AACT members via email.  AACTList members respond to your questions, sharing their experience or expertise with you and everyone else on the list. You can receive e-mails in two ways--individually, as they are sent, or in "digest" form, which groups a day's postings in a single e-mail.  All discussions are archived, so you can check to see if your question or concern has been addressed previously.  Click here for access (you must be signed in as a member)
 

graphic bullet or dingbat Job Listings

View or post job announcements—free of charge.   Whether you’re advertising an administrative, technical, support staff, or artistic position, you can include a job description, application details, contact information—even a link to your website for additional details. Click on the drop-down menu’s “Networking,” then “Job Postings” or use this direct link.

 
Red leaf icon Resource Roster

Need help on a production or administrative issue? AACT's Resource Roster wants to help you find the answers you need. Submit your question using the convenient online form at www.aact.org/resource-roster (you must be signed in to access), or use the drop-down menu under “Networking.” The Resource Roster Coordinator will match your question with an AACT member experienced in the topic you’ve indicated.

 Note: If you are looking for something very specific, such as a prop, sample documents, or references for consultants, it’s better to use AACTList, our email discussion group, so that you can reach multiple people with one post.
 

Red leaf icon Resource Library

Find hundreds of articles on a wide spectrum of topics of importance to community theatres and those who work in them—and forms, too!. Most articles are in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format, while most forms are available in MS Word format, so you can customize them to meet your needs. To access the Resource Library, you must be signed in with your username and password.  On the drop-down menus, choose “Networking,” then “Resource Library," or click here (you must be signed in for access).


3. Administration, Management

graphic bullet or dingbat Bylaws, Mission Statements, & Nonprofit Incorporation

Putting it together. Are you an established theatre company, looking to review and update your bylaws or mission statement? Or perhaps you’re a new theatre, ready to create new bylaws and mission statement.  Or perhaps you’re searching for information on nonprofit incorporation. The AACT website is ready to help.  You’ll find sample mission statements from theatres around the country, plus downloadable bylaw samples for a wide range of company types. In addition, there’s current information on nonprofit incorporation, including links to government and nonprofit resources. For this and related information, visit our Governance page.

 

Administration, Management

Red leaf icon Resource Library

Find hundreds of articles on a wide spectrum of topics of importance to community theatres and those who work in them—and forms, too!. Most articles are in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format, while most forms are available in MS Word format, so you can customize them to meet your needs. Topics include Administration & Management, Boards & Governance, Business & Legal Forms Fundraising & Grants, Insurance, Marketing/PR/Publicity, Rights & Royalties, and Volunteers.. To access the Resource Library, you must be signed in with your username and password.  On the drop-down menus, choose “Networking,” then “Resource Library," or click here (you must be signed in for access).


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