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4 ways to get expert advice on almost any theatrical topic
checkmark iconAACT Forums  (members & non-members)

Ask a question or begin a discussion on eight different topics: Acting and Directing, Administration and Management, Fundraising and Grants, Marketing & Publicity, Playwriting & Playwrights, Production, Technical Theatre & Stagecraft, and General.  

  • Anyone can read Forum posts
  • If you wish to post a question, begin a discussion, or add your comments or suggestions to help others, you will need to register, whether you're an AACT member or not.
checkmark icon AACTList  (Members - log-in required)

This e-mail discussion group is open to any AACT member.  Once you've joined, you can send a single e-mail that reaches everyone on the list.  List members respond to your questions, sharing their experience or expertise with you and everyone else on the list.

  • Any theatre-related topic can be discussed, for quick replies or detailed discussions.
  • You can receive e-mails in two ways--individually, as they are sent, or in "digest" form, in which a day's postings are grouped as a single e-mail that's sent to you. 
  • Past discussions are archived on the Member Resources site, so you can check to see if your question or concern has been addressed previously. 
  • Subscribe to AACTList using our online form. 
checkmark icon AACT Resource Roster  (Members - log-in required)

A selected group of AACT members are ready to share their theatre experience and expertise on various topics, via phone or email. Whether you're seeking quick answers, or in-depth analysis, or something to spark new ideas, check the partial list of subject areas below (a full list is provided on the Resource Roster form).

Current Resource Roster expertise is available on these topics:
  • Accessibility
  • Accounting
  • Acting 
  • Advocacy
  • Board Development
  • Box Office
  • Budget & Financial Planning
  • Bylaws & Operational Manual
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Computer Systems
  • Conference Planning
  • Corporate Support
  • Directing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Education Programs
  • Facilities Management
  • Festival Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Grants
  • House Management
  • Human Resources
  • International Theatre
  • Marketing
  • Musical Theatre
  • New Plays
  • New Theatres (Starting One)
  • Newsletters
  • Play Selection
  • Presenting
  • Producing
  • PR & Publicity
  • Rentals & Contracts
  • Rights & Royalties
  • Season Ticket Campaigns
  • Senior Theatre
  • Stage Management
  • Strategic/Long Range Planning
  • Technical Theatre
  • Theatre Management
  • Traveling Shows
  • Volunteer Management
  • Websites
  • Youth & Children's Theatre

And don't forget...

checkmark icon Resource Library  (Members - log-in required)

This collection of articles and sample forms is available 24/7 to AACT members, with new and updated material added on a regular basis.  Topics include Acting & Directing, Administration & Management, Advocacy, Boards & Governance, Front of House, Fundraising & Grants , Insurance, Marketing/PR/Publicity, Rights & Royalties, Technical Topics, and Volunteers, as well as Business & Legal Forms.