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Actors' Equity Association

Actors' Equity Association is the labor union representing over 45,000 American actors and stage managers working in the professional theatre.

Alberta Playwrights Network: APN

APN is a non-profit, provincial arts service organization and registered charity dedicated to fostering playwriting in Alberta.

Allied Arts Foundation

The mission of Allied Arts is to enhance the cultural livability of Seattle and to create a social network of people who care about the Arts, Urban Design and Historic Preservation.

American Alliance for Theatre and Education: AATE

The mission of American Alliance for Theatre and Education is to promote standards of excellence in theatre and theatre education

American Association of Community Theatre: AACT

he American Association of Community Theatre provides networking, resources and support to suit the needs of all those involved in community theatre.

American Federation of Television & Radio Artists: AFTRA merged with SAG to form SAG-AFTRA


American Society for Theatre Research

Scholarly association concentrating on theatre history, theory and criticism; publishes Theatre Survey and holds an annual conference in November

American Theatre Critics Association: ATCA

The American Theatre Critics Association, Inc. is the only national association of professional theatre critics. Our members work for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and on-line services across the United States.

Membership is open to all who review theatre professionally, regularly and with substance for print, electronic or digital media.

American Theatre Organ Society: ATOS 1982

The American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) is an international non-profit organization comprised of worldwide volunteer members who are committed to helping preserve and perpetuate the musical theatre pipe organ heritage that began in the early 20th century. Membership is made up of musicians, technicians, hobbyists, educators, and others who enjoy the music of the theatre pipe organ.

Americans for the Arts

A national organization that strives to make arts more accessible to every adult and child in America. Works with cultural organizations, arts and business leaders and individuals to provide leadership, education and information that will encourage support for the arts and culture in our nation.

ArtsEdWashington: Washington Alliance for Arts Education

ArtsEdWashington is a non-profit organization that networks statewide agencies, arts organizations, schools, businesses and individuals committed to providing quality arts education to all students in Washington State and wanting to remain informed about the developments and opportunities in arts education close to home.


Publishes Asian Theatre Journal and a newsletter; holds annual conference

Association for Canadian Theatre Research: ACTR/ARTC

Supports and encourages research in theatre and performance studies in Canada; publishes Theatre Research in Canada

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education

An organization of individuals and institutions in theatre education that supports scholarship through teaching, research and practice; publishes Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics; and holds an annual conference

Audio Engineering Society-Pacific Northwest Section

An international professional organization devoted exclusively to audio technology

Bernard Shaw Society


Better Business Bureau National Charity Report List

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

Reports are generated based on the volume of inquiries received about an organization. If you do not see a particular charity on this list, feel free to submit a request via an email form.

BECTU (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union)

UK union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure and allied industries.

CITT: Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology

Canadian design and production professionals in the performing arts

Congress on Research in Dance: CORD

Publishes Dance Research Journal (DRJ), biannual; The CORD Newsletter(ISSN 0734-4856) twice yearly; and hold an annual conference

CSA: Costume Society of America

The Costume Society of America is an organization whose members are vintage clothing dealers, theatrical costumers, re-enactors, designers, college professors, museum curators, costume collectors, conservators and other people who have an interest in dress. They preserve, study, research and design costume. They want to learn about specific costumes and promote costume study as a means of understanding the culture of a society.

Costume Society of Great Britain

Publishes Costume and a biannual newsletter; conducts symposium, workshops, and visits to collections, exhibitions and archives

Directors Guild of America

The Guild seeks to protect directorial teams' legal and artistic rights, contend for their creative freedom, and strengthen their ability to develop meaningful and credible careers.

Dramatists Guild

The only professional association in America for dramatic writers, with over 6,000 members around the world; publishes The Dramatist

European Network of Information Centres for the Performing Arts: ENICPA

The main goal of the network is to distribute and to make available a broad range of information about the professional performing arts to arts professionals world wide.

ESTA: Entertainment Services & Technology Association - merged with PLASA

A non-profit trade association representing the North American entertainment technology industry; members include production companies, scenic houses, designers and consultants; focus on technical standards, insurance, education and information exchange.

Humanities Washington
Formerly the Washington Commission for the Humanities

Humanities Washington is a non-profit organization and public foundation providing cultural and educational programs to the people of Washington State.

Institute for Historical Dance Practice (IHDP)

Its main objective is to research, preserve and perform social and theatrical dances of Western Europe between 1450 and 1920.

Institute of Outdoor Drama

The Institute is the only organization in the U.S. providing national leadership in fostering artistic and managerial excellence and expansion of the outdoor drama movement through training, research and advisory programs, and it serves as a national clearinghouse for more than 120 constituent theatre companies across the nation.

Local 793 Pacific Northwest: I.A.T.S.E. (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada)

WA Television Broadcast Remote & Studio Employees

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes: IATSE

The IATSE is the labor union representing technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, and trade shows.

International Amateur Theatre Association - Association Internationale du Theatre Amateur: ATA/AITA:

The world body of amateur theatre includes: 80 countries on 5 continents. Network is actively involved in the organisation of several major international festivals, and provides patronage to hundreds of national festivals with international participation.

International Brecht Society: IBS

The International Brecht Society Homepage is maintained as a service to scholars, critics, students, and theater people round the world who are interested in the works and thought of Brecht.

International Center for Women Playwrights: ICWP

Dedicated to the support of women playwrights around the world.

International Council of Kinetography Laban/Labanotation: ICKL

The aims of ICKL are to promote the use of the Labanotation system; to increase research for its development and applications; to act as a deciding body with regard to the orthography and principles of the system; to support experimental projects in related areas; to encourage information exchange among centres and individuals using the system.

International Federation for Theatre Research: IFTR

The International Federation for Theatre Research exists to promote collaboration and the exchange of information between individuals and organisations concerned with theatre research. To this end the Federation supports conferences and publications and assists its members in all such activities and projects.

International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians: OISTAT

To stimulate the exchange of ideas and innovations, and to promote international collaboration in professions which support live performance; to promote the formation of national centres in each country in order to achieve these aims; to encourage life-long learning among live performance practitioners; and to respect the integrity of all cultures and celebrate the diversity as well as the similarities of those who work in support of live performance.

International Theatre Institute: ITI

US Center

The International Theatre Institute (ITI), an international non-governmental organization (NGO) was founded in Prague in 1948 by UNESCO and the international theatre community. Its objectives are to promote international exchange of knowledge and practice in the domain of the performing arts; to stimulate creation and increase cooperation among theatre people; to increase public awareness of the need to take artistic creation into consideration in the domain of Development; to deepen mutual understanding and contribute to the consolidation of peace and friendship between peoples; to join in the defence of the ideals and aims of UNESCO; and to combat all forms of racism or social and political discrimination.

League of Historic American Theatres: LHAT

LHAT is a network of people who appreciate the cultural and architectural heritage of historic theatres and who work locally and nationally to rehabilitate them to serve communities throughout North America and abroad.

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas: LMDA -- National organization

Dramaturgy Northwest - Regional Office

A national network to affirm the role of dramaturg, to expand the possibilities of the field to other media and institutions and to cultive, develop and promote the function of dramaturgy and literary management.

MLA: Modern Language Association

The Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For over a hundred years, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.

NADSA: National Association of Dramatic and Speech Arts

It is a professional affiliation of performers, administrators, educators, students, technicians, and craftsmen of theatre, communicative arts, and allied areas of interests

The National Art Education Association: NAEA

To promote art education through Professional Development, Service, Advancement of Knowledge, and Leadership.

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts: NGCSA

The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts is the national service organization for a diverse constituency of non-profit, non-degree-granting institutions located in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the United States.

NEA: National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts--both new and established--bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

Nineteenth Century Studies Association

An interdisciplinary nineteenth-century studies association; members' disciplines include English and American literature, history (including art history and architectural history), music, philosophy, political science, foreign languages and literatures, and other fields.

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Performance Studies international: PSi

(PSi) is a professional association founded in 1997 to promote communication and exchange among scholars and practitioners working in the field of performance. We seek to create opportunities for dialogue among artists and academics in a variety of disciplines whose concerns converge in the still-evolving areas of live art and performance.

Playwrights' Center of San Francisco: PCSF

The mission of the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco is to encourage and develop local playwrights and promote script writing, audience development, and related arts.

Playwrights Guild of Canada

Playwrights Guild of Canada (formerly Playwrights Union of Canada) is a national association of professional and emerging playwrights.

Popular Culture Association

A multi-disciplinary association interested in new approaches to the expressions, mass media and all other phenomena of everyday life. Among the many academic disciplines represented in the popular culture movement are American Studies, Anthropology, Communications, Art, English, History, Law, Political Science, and Sociology.

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres: PACT

PACT is a member-driven organization that serves as the collective voice of professional Canadian theatres.

Professional Lighting and Sound Association: PLASA

PLASA was established to provide commercial benefits to a business community, whilst improving working practices and advancing levels of safety and training within the entertainment, presentation, installation and communications industries.

Puppeteers of America

Puppeteers of America, a national nonprofit organization founded in 1937, provides information, encourages performances, and builds a community of people who love puppet theatre.

Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre

The SPC is a unique playwright-driven organization that strives to foster the development of Saskatchewan plays and playwrights in a risk-friendly environment.


SAG has merged with AFTRA.  Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s premier labor union representing actors. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 120,000 actors in film, television, industrials, commercials and music videos. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

SIBMAS, the International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts

Since 1954 SIBMAS has been the forum for colleagues from all over the world promoting research, practical and theoretical, in the documentation of the performing arts. Besides the organisation of biennial international congresses SIBMAS members are involved in three permanent projects The World Directory on Theatre Museums and Libraries, The International Bibliography of Theatre (IBT), and The World Encyclopedia of contemporary Theatre, 6 vol. (1994-2000)

Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers: SSDC

The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC) is a national independent labor union representing members throughout the United States and abroad.

Technology in the Arts (TitA) Technology in the Arts, a research initiative of the Master of Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, provides the arts community with resources to better understand and benefit from the intersection of arts and technology in order to make more informed management decisions in an increasingly technological society.

Textile Society of America: TSA

The Textile Society of America, Inc. provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives.

Theatre Bay Area: TBA

Founded by theatre workers in 1976, TBA's mission is to unite, strengthen and promote theatre in the region. It does this by providing communication networks and opportunities and creating resources for theatre companies, theatre workers, and theatre lovers. TBA serves as a liaison between the theatre community and government, business and others who benefit from a healthy and thriving theatre community.

Theatre Communications Group: TCG

TCG has more than 400 theatre members in 47 states, 17,000 individual members, 100 Trustee Leadership Network members and a growing number of University Affiliates. TCG represents a wide array of institutional sizes and structures. Its mission is to strengthen, nurture and promote the not-for-profit professional American theatre through various programs and through advocacy.

Theatre Historical Society of America: THSA

For 35 years, The Theatre Historical Society of America has been dedicated to documenting the rich heritage of historic theatres in the United States -- from 19th century opera houses, early nickelodeons, small town and neighborhood theatres, to ornate movie palaces, drive-ins, and even early multiplexes.

Theatre Library Association: TLA

Theatre Library Association is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1937 to promote the collection, preservation, and use of theatrical and performing arts materials. Membership includes librarians, scholars, curators, archivists, performers, writers, designers, historians, collectors, and students.

Theatre Puget Sound

TPS is a consortium of theatres and individual artists in the Puget Sound region whose main goals are the nurturing of a healthy and vibrant theatre community, developing strong ties among the region's theatre professionals, raising the visibility of the region's theatre scene on national and international levels, and finding ways to develop new and diverse audiences.

United States Institute for Theatre Technology: USITT

USITT is the association of design, production, and technology professionals in the performing arts and entertainment industry. Founded in 1960, USITT's mission is to actively promote the advancement of the knowledge and skills of its members.


Designated by the United States Congress as the coordinating organization for arts programming for persons with disabilities, VSA arts is supported by its affiliate network in offering diverse programs and events and innovative lifelong learning opportunities at the international, national, and local levels ranging from training institutes and artist-in-residence projects to arts camps and emerging artist award programs.

Washington State Arts Alliance and Washington State Arts Foundation

The members of the Washington State Arts Alliance are artists, arts organizations, business people, arts educators, policy makers, parents, and people from all walks of life who are committed to keeping the arts strong and at the center of community life across Washington State.

Washington State Community Theatre Association

The overall goal of WSCTA is to assist, communicate and coordinate activities and resource programs and services that aid and foster the development, quality, education and growth of community theatres in Washington state.

Western States Arts Federation

WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation, is a nonprofit arts service organization dedicated to the creative advancement and preservation of the arts. Based in Denver, Colorado, WESTAF fulfills its mission to strengthen the financial, organizational and policy infrastructure of the arts by providing innovative programs and services to artists and arts organizations in the West and nationwide.