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Our Position:

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners. The Association’s web site is

Our Vision:

An advocate for the field of theatre and performance in higher education, ATHE serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity.

Our Mission:

To support and advance the study and practice of theatre and performance in higher education.

Our Goals

Goal One:

Promote theatre as an essential component in higher education and as a lifelong tool for learning.

Goal Two:

Position ATHE as a global participant within higher education.

Goal Three:

Continue to develop strategic and sustainable partnerships to advocate for and advance the study of theatre and performance in higher education.

Goal Four:

Support the professional development of ATHE members.

Goal Five:

Develop strategies for sustaining the administrative and organizational viability of ATHE.

Goal Six:

Continue to diversify participation in every facet of the organization including membership, programming, scholarship and governance.

View ATHE’s Current Strategic Plan.


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