AACT is Worth Joining
If you are a community theatre, it is a great idea to join AACT – American Association of Community Theatre. For a low fee (the amount depends on the size of your annual budget), you have the opportunity to connect with 7,000 other theatres. You can receive significant discounts (including on our ticketing system TicketPeak), participate in forums and read useful articles.
Here are the main benefits as presented on the AACT website:
Networking. AACT connects you online, on the phone, and in person to the network of people who share your passion, and understand your issues and needs, to provide you with the tools you need to succeed.
Festivals. As a member of AACT, you get to attend and participate in theatre festivals that let you see the best of the best in theatres across the country.
Advocacy. AACT members know what the issues are that face community theatres locally, regionally, and nationally. AACT’s strong membership creates a literal and figurative voice for you as policy is shaped.
Validation. Our membership numbers represent the artistic and economic impact that theatre has on a community. As a member, your work and the work of your theatre is made clear to all.
Resources. AACT’s website, newsletter, workshops and conferences help answer your questions and ensure your theatre’s growth and development. AACT puts you in touch with others who share your challenges and can answer your questions, share resources and ideas that help save money, time and the environment. These resources alone more than pay for your yearly membership.
AACT represents the interests of more than 7,000 theatres across the United States and its territories, as well as theatre companies with the armed forces overseas:
7000 theatres strong
More than a 1.5 million volunteers
Over 46,000 productions per year
Entertaining an audience of 86 million people
A combined annual budget of well over $980 million
Another benefit is the fact that discounts are offered by vendors on things such as show rights, box office software or costumes.
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Please comment below: Are you a member? What is the biggest value you get from your membership?