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American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is a national labor union representing nearly 80,000 performers, journalists and other artists working in the entertainment and news media. AFTRA's scope of representation covers broadcast, public and cable television (news, sports and weather; drama and comedy, soaps, talk and variety shows, documentaries, children’s programming, reality and game shows); radio (news, commercials, hosted programs); sound recordings (CDs, singles, Broadway cast albums, audio books); "non-broadcast" and industrial material as well as Internet and digital programming.

Directors Guild of America (DGA)

Description: The Directors Guild of America represents more than 12,000 members working in U.S. cities and abroad. Their creative work is represented in theatrical, industrial, educational and documentary films and television, as well as, videos and commercials. Their web site provides member information and background and historical information on the guild. Author/Organization: Directors Guild of America This site is geared toward: Teachers, Students, Artists Primary Discipline: Theatre Arts

Educational Theatre Association

Description: The Educational Theatre Association offers a range of services and support to theatre educators and their students. The organization offers professional development programs, a magazine and quarterly journal, discussion groups, advocacy information and student theatre festivals. The International Thespian Society is the student honorary branch of this organization. 1st time visitors to the site should select the Visitor icon to learn more about the organization and the support they offer. Author/Organization: Educational Theatre Association This site is geared toward: Teachers, Students Primary Discipline: Theatre Arts

Institute of Outdoor Drama

Description: Established in 1963, The Institute of Outdoor Drama 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 serves as a national clearinghouse for more than 120 constituent theatres companies across the nation. The site provides information regard the organization's annual conference, publication information, and contact information for theatres, personnel, and research and resource libraries. Author/Organization: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill This site is geared toward: Teachers, Parents, Students, Artists Primary Discipline: Theatre Arts

League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT)

Description: The League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) is an international not-for-profit membership association. 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. Members of the League include theatre operators and managers, preservation activists, architects, structural engineers, design and acoustical consultants, urban planners, restorationists, vendors, booking and artist management firms, fund raising consultants, and many other types of service providers and members of the general public who serve or are interested in historic theatres. The web site provides information on their annual conference and theatre tours, a job bank, LHAT programs and services and general membership information. Membership application is available on line. Author/Organization: League of Historica American Theatres This site is geared toward: Teachers, Artists Primary Discipline: Theatre Arts

League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers

The League was founded in 1959 to foster theatrical productions produced in Off-Broadway theatres, to assist in the voluntary exchange of information among its members, and to serve as the collective voice of its membership in pursuit of these goals. Member benefits (where applicable) include: Representation at the negotiation table for collective bargaining agreements with Actors' Equity Association, The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Support at grievance proceedings under those agreements, as well as information and guidance regarding the history of the agreements and past industry practices. Shared information at membership meetings with regard to our members' experiences and concerns, and trends within the industry. Promotional display racks for flyers and brochures are provided to member theatres which producers (member or non-member) may use to advertise their shows to Off-Broadway audiences. These racks are maintained by the League, free of charge to member theatres, in cooperation with the Theater Development Fund. Automatic registration for Lortel Awards, assuming other eligibility requirements are met. The League is active in developing ideas for the creative marketing of Off-Broadway, which in past years has included such projects as the Lucille Lortel Awards, recognizing excellence on Off-Broadway stages, and in conjunction with TDF, sponsorship of ART/NY's Passport to Off-Broadway.

Producers Guild Of America

Mission Statement "The PGA represents, protects, and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team." PRIMARY GOALS Combating Credit Proliferation Expanding Health Benefits Representing the Entire Producing Team THE PRODUCING TEAM The Producing Team consists of all those whose interdependency and support of each other are necessary for the creation of motion pictures and television programs. The producing team is comprised of Producers and all those on the career path to becoming Producers, including: Executive Producers Producers Co-Executive Producers Supervising Producers Senior Producers Line Producers Co-Producers Associate Producers Segment Producers Production Managers Post-Production Supervisors & Managers Production & Post-Production Coordinators As a unit, the producing team is responsible for the art, craft and science of production in the entertainment industry.

United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)

Description: Creative Teaching on the Web is a project of the Education Commission of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) which provides resources of theatre technology and design for teachers. Lessons can be found under the "Creative Teaching On the Web" link. Author/Organization: Ron Stoffregen, Commissioner This site is geared toward: Teachers, Students, Artists Primary Discipline: Theatre Arts

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