Community Theater Company
A community theater produces theatrical, musical, comedic and other performances. A community theater bases its mission/purpose on the entertainment, involvement and enhancement of the community.
Generally, a community theater consists of dues paying members and in order to participate in a production, an actor must become a member of the group and pay those dues.
A community theater, as a standard operating practice, does not pay its company. It is, however, not uncommon for the group to occasionally “hire” various positions based on the specific needs of any given show. Gas and food allowances do not constitute compensation for services.
Community theaters are generally directed by a governing body that may consist of a single person or a board of directors or an ad hoc group, none of whom derive income from their services in these positions.
A professional theater produces theatrical, musical, comedic and other performances. A professional theater bases its mission/purpose on the production of the highest quality performances by hiring and training highly skilled, experienced people in all capacities of the production team. As a rule, professionals are hired, although community people are frequently used for their level of talent or to assist community people to expand and improve their skills.
A professional theater, as a standard operating practice, does pay its entire company. Whether said payment for the services of the people in its employ be weekly salary, hourly wages, percentage of profit or a flat rate stipend is irrelevant. Circumstances regarding individual shows do not negate this status. It is the general practice that prevails.
Professional theaters are generally directed by a governing body that may consist of a single person or a staff of several people, some or all of whom are paid for their services. A professional theater may or may not also have a board of directors depending on its nonprofit status.
YOUTH COMPANY (Classification as a "Youth" Company is entirely optional.)
A youth theater produces theatrical, musical, comedic and other performances. A youth theater bases its mission/purpose on the entertainment, involvement and enhancement of the community with a primary focus on performing for and with youth.
Any Theatre Company may choose to be a "Youth" Company Type but must produce qualifying "Youth" productions (see below)
"Youth" companies can be a sub-division of a parent Theatre Company or a stand-alone Theatre Company
"Youth" companies must meet the same minimum participation requirements as those of a “Community” Company. A “Youth” company participating as a sub-division of a parent Theatre Company must meet the minimum requirements for participation SEPARATELY from the parent company
Parent companies with a “Youth” division cannot share Adjudicators (but can share a Liaison)
Once a Theater Company chooses which company type they wish to participate as, they must remain in that category for the entire NHTA calendar year. No company will be allowed to change categories mid-season. Provided that specific rules do not disqualify a company from any given category, a company may change Company Type at the start of each NHTA calendar year.
At any time, should a situation arise that questions the validity of a group’s classification, the NHTA Executive Committee shall review the circumstances surrounding the case and assign a classification to the group in question. The NHTA has the final authority in the determination of classification in these circumstances.
If the NHTA Executive Committee determines that the theater company type should be changed, the NHTA Executive Committee will notify the theater company Liaison via email. At that point the Liaision may request a meeting with the NHTA Executive Committee to discuss the change and its validity.