Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education

Making the study of theatre central to the education of all Wisconsin students. Theatre teachers can find lesson plans and mailing lists here, plus information on stage lighting and theatre in higher education.

American Alliance for Theatre and Education

The American Alliance for Theatre & Education “connects and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.” The site includes information on programs and events (including Playwrights in the Schools), resources (advocacy, plays for young audiences, publications), and networking.


This organization basically serves to introduce children to theatre: a noble cause. It does so through booking field trips and bringing performances to young people: 750 performances a year, reaching 12 million people in 47 states. (A couple more states need to get it together.) Theatre professionals can find job and internship information here.


Based in Phoenix, Arizona, ArtsWork “unites ASU (Arizona State University) artists and scholars with community leaders in research and programs focused on children and the arts.” The sites provides: arts education resources for theatre; dance; music; and visual arts, arts careers, schools, and curricula.

Association for Theatre in Higher Education 

An organization of individuals and institutions working to promote excellence in theatre education. Many members teach theatre in colleges and universities, and, at ATHE annual conventions, participate in panels and discussions addressing theatre education practices and issues. The site includes information on: journals and publications; a career center; fellowships and grants; electronic resources for theatre teachers; and an array of theatre-related links.

Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies

Theatre down under. ADSA bills itself as the peak academic association promoting drama study throughout the region, representing staff and postgraduate students. The site includes information on conferences, meetings, prizes, research, news, publications, and more.

Developing Artists 

Provides young artists with tools to work as actors, musicians, and writers in the theater community. The multi-disciplinary conservatory and producing company develops original theater—written, directed, produced and performed by young adults.

Educational Theatre Association

The Educational Theatre Association operates under the assumption that young people, teachers, schools, families, and communities benefit from theatre education. Hence, it supports educators and honors student achievement. The site provides information on the ETA’s events, publications (such as Dramatics magazine), and the Association’s advocacy.


The International Drama/Theatre and Education Association operates internationally, serving culturally diverse drama, theatre and education practitioners, artists, and teachers. Its international, multilinguistic site provides links to related news, publications, a world conference, a noticeboard, and curricula.

Institute for Education and the Arts

The IEA promotes use of the creative arts to help teach core academic subjects at the K-12 levels. The site provides information on community partnerships, publications, related news, discussions, and resources (arts advocacy, arts education, organizations, grants, online newsletters, research, and teaching materials).

International Theatre Institute

ITI Centres internationally serve various performing arts disciplines. The site presents: information on close to 100 individual ITI Centres; theatre news; World Theatre Day; and competitions.

Kennedy Center Alliances for Arts Education Network

The KCAAEN is a coalition of statewide, not-for-profit Alliances for Arts Education, working in partnership with the Kennedy Center to ensure arts serve as an essential part of American K-12 education. Its initiatives include: developing and supporting collaborations among schools, community partners, and cultural institutions to sustain arts education; speaking out on behalf of arts education to citizens, policy makers, state agencies, and others; developing, publishing, or disseminating resources for arts education leaders and practitioners; implementing professional development through educational programs, training, and resources; and providing awards and acknowledgments to individuals, organizations, and schools that demonstrate outstanding support for arts education. Whew. So they’re good people. There’s a ton of useful material stuff on the website, but the Explore the Arts section is tremendous, with videos of some extraordinary performances. If you’re feeling bummed about the state of the arts, this is a good site to help refill the well. And if you want to interest kids in the performing arts, add this to their favorites.

University/Resident Theatre Association 

Connects theatre training programs with professional theatre producers. That’s right: interns. Also presents events and links to MFA programs, and provides a job board.


The University/Resident Theatre Association: “advances theatre by connecting theatre training programs with the professional performing arts industry, promoting professional practices and artistic excellence in higher education, and assisting students with their transition into the profession.” It holds national auditions/interviews, conducts workshops, offers contracts for download, and provides job listings.


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