The Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education is dedicated to promoting comprehensive theatre education in Wisconsin through advocacy for theatre education and educators and by providing opportunities for professional development and a network for communication and support among members. Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) The Association for Theatre in Higher Education is an organization of individuals and institutions that provides vision and leadership for the profession and promotes excellence in theatre education. ATHE actively supports scholarship through teaching, research and practice and serves as a collective voice for its mission through its publications, conferences, advocacy, projects, and through collaborative efforts with other organizations.
USITT is a national organization for theatre arts designers and technicians. USITT holds an annual convention with presentations, workshops and a showroom of theatrical supplies. The conference also schedules specific activities for students including job search and portfolio review opportunities. All visual aspects of design for the performing arts, costumes, scenic and lighting designs are eligible for inclusion in the Design Expo which is held in even years. Winners are selected for publication in Theatre Design and Technology, the journal of USITT. In odd years, a Tech Expo is held featuring innovations in technology in all areas. For more information about USITT, please see Ron Stoffregen or visit the USITT website.
U/RTA is an organization of professional theatre companies and professionally-oriented theatre training programs. Each year, they offer several hundred positions to talented young theatre artists and technicians to bridge the gap between advanced student to aspiring professional through engagements with graduate programs, Shakespeare festivals, resident theatre companies on and off campuses, and summer theatre companies.
WAAE seeks to ensure that the arts are woven into every aspect of Wisconsin education. The Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) conducts workshops, institutes, mini-conferences, and an annual Arts Education Summit Conference, bringing together members of the arts education community (dance, creative writing, theater, music, visual arts), as well as those from the general education community (administrators, school board members, curriculum coordinators, guidance counselors, classroom teachers, parents, business leaders, and legislators).