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Associations and Organisations
Management Association and Trade Unions
Arts Organisations and Funding Bodies

Associations and Organisations

Theatre Helpline

Theatre Helpline

24 hr confidential service providing advice & support for theatre professionals.

BackUp The Technical Entertainment Charity
Behind the Scenes The United States version of above - Founded by ESTA
IALD Association for architectural lighting designers, USA based.
OISTAT International Org. of Scenographers, Theatre Architects & Technicians
AAI Spanish Professional Lighting Designers Association
AILD Association of Italian Lighting Designers
PLASA Professional Lighting and Sound Association
PSA Production Services Association
ESTA US Entertainment Services & Technology Association
USITT United States Institute for Theatre Technology
VPLT German Pro Light and Sound association
ALIA Australasian Lighting Industry Association
SBTD Society of British Theatre Designers
ABTT Association of British Theatre Technicians
SMA Stage Management Association
Stage Sight Representation of workforce in off-stage roles that reflects society
EUCLID European Arts and Cultural Information and Contacts
NSDF National Student Drama Festival
Theatre Record Theatre Record Publication
STR Society for Theatre Research
The Theatrical Guild The Charity for Backstage, On Stage, Front of House


ETNow Entertainment Technology Publications
The Stage The Stage newspaper
Live Design USA based lighting magazine
LSI Lighting & Sound International magazine UK Theatre Jobs directory

Management Association and Trade Unions

Equity Equity Union
BECTU Association Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union
UK Theatre UK membership organisation for theatre and the performing arts (formerly TMA)
SOLT Society of London Theatre
ITC Independent Theatre Council
United Scenic Artists American Union for Lighting Designers
Musicians Union Musicians Union


Drama UK Links to all drama schools and colleges courses


CAD 4 Theatre An excellent site for those using AutoCad
ModelBox Home of ModelBox
Vectorworks UK UK website for the popular CAD programme
Cast Software Home of WYSIWYG
Stardraw Home of Stardraw
LX Designs Home of LX Designer
LD Assistant Home of LD Assistant
Mac Lux Pro Home of MacLux Pro - Mac CAD package


Blue Room Lighting and technical forum
Light Network Lighting forum


Associated Arts
BBA Management
Amanda Howard Associates
Cary Parsons
Performing Arts
Loesje Sanders


Theatre Crafts Backstage Heritage Collection
Stage Light Swedish based - Technical, World Theatre Resource
RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects
Jean-Marc Charles Jean-Marc Charles, photographer of Light
Stagelink Over 1000 links within technical entertainment industry
Arts Announcements Provides visual artists with art deadlines
Super Summary Drama and theatre resource guide for teachers and students

Arts Organisations and Funding Bodies

Regional arts boards of England
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Scottish Arts Council
Arts Council of Wales/Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Arts Council England