New Jersey Theatre Alliance member theatres are professional businesses and thriving cultural destinations that attract a vibrant and diverse population. These companies support the economic development of the state, provide arts education opportunities for the young, and offers theatre that inspires, challenges and entertains New Jersey's residents and visitors.
As a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, theatres have access to a wide range of programs, resources and support.
To be eligible for membership, a theatre must:
- Be located in New Jersey
- Have pending or permanent 501(c)3 status or equivalent
- Have an established board of directors
- Have one or more full-time dedicated professional director or manager
- Have a commitment to the mission and spirit of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
In addition to the above general requirements for eligibility, candidates for Senior membership must:
- Have participated in the Associate membership program for a minimum of one year
- Have not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)3 or equivalent status
- Have a minimum of one year production history operating under a standard Equity contract or on a Letter of Agreement with Equity referenced to a standard Equity contract (COST, CORST, LORT, TYA, SPT). Guest Artist and Special Appearance contracts are not considered standard
- Operate for a minimum of two weeks rehearsal per self-produced production
- Have produced a minimum of two productions per year for two consecutive years
- Have at least one full-time paid director or manager, and one at least one additional part-time paid support staff
- Have an updated board-adopted Long Range Plan
Associate membership is available for those theatres working toward a standard Equity contract. This level of membership provides theatres with mentoring opportunities and other resources that will assist them in becoming Senior members.
In addition to the general requirements for eligibility, candidates for Associate membership must:
- Have a minimum of one year production history
- Be a new or emerging theatre with an intention of moving towards a standard Equity Contract within nine years. A standard Equity contract, for the purposes of this program, include LORT, LOA, SPT, COST, CORST or TYA. A Guest Artist or Special Appearance contract is not considered to be a standard Equity contract
- Reapply for associate membership or apply for senior membership after each three-year period