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A.3.d  Support organizations.

The artists and technicians in the theatre careers listed above are represented by one or more of the following trade guilds and professional associations.  They provide a voice for the interests of their membership, offer opportunities for education, exposure, building contacts and interpersonal relationships, and oftentimes negotiate for the protection and advancement of their members.  Many of them add members by recommendation and invitation only.  Most require the payment of dues.

Actor’s Equity Association-Equity (AEA)
American Advertising Federation (AAF)
American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE)
American Guild of Authors and Composers (AGAC)
American Guild of Variety Artists  (AGVA)
Publicists Guild of America (APG)
American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA)
American Writers Theatre Foundation (AWTF)
Associated Actors and Artistes of America (AAAA)
Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM)
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
Association for Theatre Movement Educators (ATME)
Author’s Guild
Casting Society of America (CSA)
Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA)
Costume Designer’s Guild (CDG)
Director’s Guild of America (DGA)
Dramatists Guild of America (DG)
Institute for Advanced Studies in the Theatre Arts (IASTA)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM)
International Association of Independent Producers (IAIP)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Theatre Institute (ITI)
International Theatrical Agencies Association (ITAA)
League of American Theatres and Producers (LATP)
League of Resident Theatres (LORT)
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
National Critics Institute (NCI)
National Playwrights Conference (NPC)
National Theatre Conference (NTC)
National Theatre Institute (NTI)
New Dramatists (ND)
New York Drama Critics Circle (NYDCC)
Organization of Professional Acting Coaches and Teachers (OPACT)
Outer Critics Circle (OCC)
Producers Guild of America (PGA)
Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD)
Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC)
Theatre Guild (TG)
Touring Entertainment Industry Association (TEIA)
United Scenic Artists (USA)
University Resident Theatre Association (URTA)
U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)
Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA)
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
Writers Guild of America (WGA)

With all that going on, someone is getting jobs!  Go for it.  But be warned: it’s far more dif­ficult to obtain a job in a specific career field than it is to go to an employment agency and take whatever comes along that partially interests you—nanny, groundskeeper, grocery clerk, bowling instructor, whatever it be.  Prayer, endurance, patience, prayer, poverty, hard work, prayer, and success all hold hands in the crazy world of theatre careers.

Now, of course, you don’t have to be a Theatre Major to have a career in the theatre. But if you’ve gone this far in toying with the idea, you might as well investigate the possibilities.  That being the case, you are hereby granted official authorization to review the materials in section C of this handbook, For Majors and Minors or Those Who Intend To Be  It should help you shape your educational decisions toward assuring your theatre career success.

In summary, the study of theatre and involvement in theatre is not only noble and liberating in its investigation of ancient and fundamental human impulses, but it also presents you a unique way of knowing about the world and about yourself.  Development of theatrical skills can shape your relationships with others and give you a level of grace in living which few other human enterprises can.  It may even provide you with a career, and at the very least it will hone abilities affording you many opportunities for success in the workplace.  And of greatest importance, the study of theatre can animate you to be what you are: an eternal, intelligent, creative, specially-gifted servant of God assigned to sacred purposes on Earth.

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