Professional Organizations

 These are a few of the professional organizations and unions that our local theatres are involved with.


Actors' Equity Association ("AEA" or "Equity"), founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


The Florida Professional Theatres Association (FPTA) is a statewide organization of professional theatre companies and theatre professionals interested in the development and promotion of professional theatre throughout Florida.



The Florida Theatre Conference, Inc. is a non-profit, educational theatre organization founded in 1956 for the purpose of providing programs and services to individuals and group memberships.

IATSE Local 500 Our union represents the best in entertainment services. Providing professional stagecraft services from Vero Beach to Key West, we remain committed to upholding the best standards in the industry.

The League of Regional Theatres (LORT)administers the primary national not-for-profit collective bargaining agreements with Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and United Scenic Artists (USA). We also deal directly with personnel and management issues involving Theatre staff, artists, and craftspeople.

Performing Arts Network (P.A.N.)  is a free global Arts community online information resource - with wonderful extra benefits for those who join us as Members.  Member benefits include having a full profile, private messaging, the ability to post unlimited to the Forums,  post video links and pictures, and take advantage of Members Only Discount Deals.


South Florida Theatre League is an alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting, and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry.

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) is the theatrical union that unites, empowers and protects professional stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States.

Silver Palm Awards Annually the journalists of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, submit their selections to the Silver Palm Executive Committee, citing those they feel should be recognized as having made an ”Outstanding Contribution to the South Florida Theatre Season”.


Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, was founded in 1961 with a grant from the Ford Foundation to foster communication among professional, community and university theatres.

United Scenic Artists Local 829 (USA) establishes wages for Designers and Artists, and negotiates with employers to secure the best possible terms and conditions of employment as well as access to Health Insurance and Retirement benefits through employer contributions of Pension, Welfare, 401(k) and Annuity benefits.