Organizations whose primary activity is the production of plays. (Organizations that present the productions of others should be classified as presenters. (A61)
Key words: Acting Companies; Amateur Theaters; Broadway Shows; Burlesque; Childrens Theaters; Childrens Performances; Childrens Plays; Childrens Theater; Comedies; Community Theaters; Community Theatrical Groups; Drama; Dramatic Arts; Dramatic Productions; Marionette Shows; Mimes; Musical Plays; Musical Theater; Musicals; Plays; Playwriting; Puppet Shows; Shakespeare Festivals; Shakespearean Festivals; Stage Plays; Storytelling; Summer Stock; Theater Companies; Theater Festivals; Theater Performances; Theater Troupes; Tragedies; Traveling Theaters
Scope notes: Excludes: Organizations that have as their PRIMARY PURPOSE, the operation, restoration, or maintenance of theater facilities that are used for presenting the works of others, films, or other community events. (Use A61, performing arts centers and presenters for organizations focused on performing arts. Use A20 for arts centers that are equally focused on visual and performing arts.)
Excludes: Organizations, such as some guilds or "friends of" organizations that have as their PRIMARY PURPOSE, the financial support for a theater company that is a separately incorporated nonprofit organization.
See also: Opera