Associations, Unions, Guilds, & Memberships
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We are a community of composers and colleagues who strive to support and celebrate the work of women composers through advocacy and education. This visibility is important to herald in equality amongst our industry and bring diverse voices to film, television, video games and multimedia projects.
The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) is an international membership organization of women and men dedicated to fostering and encouraging the activities of women in music, particularly in the areas of musical activity such as composing, performing, and research in which gender discrimination is an historic and ongoing concern. IAWM members engage in efforts to increase the programming of music by female composers, to combat discrimination against female musicians, including as symphony orchestra members, and to include accounts of the contributions of women musicians in university music curricula and textbooks.
Opera America is dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera. Opera America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: Creation, Presentation, and Enjoyment.
Women’s Opera Network (WON) Opera America
Women represent more than half of the national population, yet the percentage of women in leadership roles within the field of opera is comparatively small. OPERA America is addressing these issues by convening a group of stakeholders to explore and work actively to advance gender parity field-wide. WON provides general resources for the public and specific resources for OPERA America members.
The AAWAA mission is to advance the visibility and recognition of Asian American women in the arts. Through exhibitions, publications, public programs and an informative website, AAWAA is an accessible resource and portal for educators academics, researchers, arts and social justice communities and the general public.
American Women Artists is a non-profit organization dedicated to the inspiration, celebration, and encouragement of women in the visual fine arts. Associate Artist Memberships are $60 per year and open to women artists, 18 years of age or older, living and working in the United States, Canada or Mexico. Women who draw, paint or sculpt in a representational style-either with a contemporary or traditional approach-are welcome and encouraged to apply for membership. As a benefit of membership, associate artists are eligible to apply for annual national juried competitions and online juried shows. They receive a free listing linked to their website on the AWA website. They also receive discounts on AWA workshops and other events.
The Mission of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA) is to foster and promote awareness of, and interest in, visual art created by women in the United States. The Association promotes culture and education in the visual arts through exhibitions of its members’ works, educational programs, scholarships, awards, its historical archive and other appropriate means.
Actors’ Equity Association is the labor union representing American actors and stage managers in the theatre.
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 any writer who regularly publishes substantive pieces reviewing or otherwise critically covering theater.
The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA) envisions a strong and sustainable Asian American theater community that is an integral presence in national culture—evocative of our past, declarative of our present, and innovative towards our future. Our mission is to advance the field of Asian American theater through a national network of organizations and artists.
The Dramatists Guild of America is the membership association of playwrights, librettists, composers, and lyricists writing for the stage in the United States.
The League of Professional Theatre Women champions women in theatre. Our membership includes artists and practitioners of all backgrounds, across multiple disciplines, working in the commercial and non-profit sectors. We advocate for opportunities and visibility for female theatre professionals.
LORT is the largest professional theatre association of its kind in the United States, with 75 member Theatres located in every major market in the U.S., including 29 states and the District of Columbia. LORT Theatres collectively issue more Equity contracts to actors than Broadway and commercial tours combined.
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society is the theatrical union that unites, empowers, and protects professional Stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States. Their mission is to foster a national community of professional stage Directors and Choreographers by protecting the rights, health and livelihoods of all our Members; to facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and opportunities, while educating the current and future generations about the role of Directors and Choreographers; and to provide effective administrative, negotiating and contractual support.
The SAFD is an internationally recognized non-profit dedicated to promoting safety and fostering excellence in the art of stage combat.Theatre Specific Resources
Connect with the world of professional theatre by joining the TCG network! Stay up to date in the world of not-for-profit theatre and engage with the theatre community at large. Through a TCG Individual Membership, you will have access to resources that will provide an inside perspective on the national theatre landscape.
The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition combines our member organizations' abilities and strengths, focusing on issues of concern to women in the arts and media. We are committed to being the link between our member organizations as we collaborate to empower women in our industry through advocacy, mentoring, networking, and events.
Advocating for the art of theatre in the state of Illinois. ITA is comprised of six divisions: College/University Theatre, Community Theatre, Creative Drama, Professional Theatre, Secondary School Theatre, and Theatre for Young Audiences.
Kentucky Theatre Association exists to: 1) promote access and interest in theatre across the state of Kentucky, 2) work with professional, college/university, community and high school theatre organizations along with individual artists to enhance communication and promotion opportunities between theatres, and 3) assist Kentucky theatre organizations with efforts to identify and maximize unique attributes that elevate artistic excellence in Kentucky.
The Ohio Theatre Alliance is a non-profit organization established in 1973. Our purpose is to bring together professional theatres in our regional with actors and technicians. We are committed to building the future of theatre in our region.
PATA provides networking resources and advocacy to their members and the theatre community at large. Their goal is to increase the quality and professionalism of theatre produced in Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas.
Founded in 1976, TBA serves the vital artistic community of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is today the largest regional theatre service organization in North America, serving as a model for other service organizations around the country. Our mission is to unite, strengthen, promote and advance the theatre community in the Bay Area, working on behalf of our conviction that the performing arts are an essential public good, critical to a healthy and truly democratic society, and invaluable as a source of personal enrichment and growth.
TPS connects to a network of more than 140 performing arts organizations and 1,700 practitioners who have joined forces to help nurture and sustain the Puget Sound performing arts community.
An advocate for the field of theatre and performance in higher education, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity.
The Educational Theatre Association provides professional support and outstanding educational and recognition programs for teachers, students, artists, and arts advocates. ETA serves as the eyes, ears, and voice of the entire school theatre community, advocating for a stronger role for theatre education in the curriculum.