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The members of this association become the leaders of the association — running for office, serving on committees, directing focus groups, organizing conference sessions, and providing the artistic, intellectual, and pedagogical contributions that give life to our organization. We need all of our members, with their investments in our profession, to help make ATHE stronger.

In whatever career stage you find yourself, we encourage you to become active in ATHE. Service to ATHE not only strengthens your own career goals, but helps reinforce the objectives that tie us together as a profession. Getting involved in ATHE is easy. Scroll down and you'll find helpful links.

What is the nature of your ATHE membership?

New Member

We're glad you joined ATHE! Please look around the website and read our mission statement. Be sure that your personal information is up-to-date, so you will be sure to receive Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics through your mail (plus online access) and ATHENews via email. If you are interested in presenting at future conferences, search through our Focus Groups to find members with similar professional interests.

Continuing Member

Thank you for your continued involvement. If you have made any recent personal or professional changes, please take a moment to update your personal information. See what’s planned for ATHE’s upcoming conference. Check in with the Focus Groups in which you have participated and become familiar with their most current activities.

Organizational Member

Your organization’s support of ATHE is appreciated, and we want to make sure you are taking advantage of your organizational member benefits. Remember that you can post open positions for free on the ATHE Job Bank. All members can search our member directory online. Finally, be sure to note ATHE’s Affiliate Members, advocacy resources and other resources to find links with other organizations and help support the continuance and expansion of arts advocacy and programming.

What stage have you reached in your career?

Graduate Students

Joining professional organizations is one of the key steps toward a career in higher education, and ATHE wants to help your entry into the field. Most of our conference programming is organized by our Focus Groups; find one that suits your interests, and inquire with their Focus Group Representative or Conference Planner about presenting your research. Volunteer your service with a Focus Groups or one of our committees. If you are interested in attending the annual conference, contact for more information about a fellowship opportunity that may allow you to trade volunteer hours for a conference pass. Finally, consult the ATHE Job Bank for future prospects.

Junior Faculty

ATHE is a great place to present research and gain service experience on your path toward tenure. ATHE’s Focus Groups and committees are always looking for energetic volunteers, and becoming involved in the governance of ATHE is a great way to expand your network. The Professional Development and Research & Publications committees hosts a number of workshops at the annual conference, and provides a number of resources that aid in the tenure process.

Senior Faculty

ATHE needs the voices of experienced senior faculty in our association, and we want to keep you actively involved. Please consider joining one of our committees or seek out some of our mentorship opportunities. Follow the activities of the Governing Council and consider running for office. If you teach graduate students, please encourage them to join ATHE and direct them to our student resources. If you are considering a transition into a leadership position, apply for the ATHE Leadership Institute®.


ATHE provides many opportunities for administrators to connect with other leaders in the field, particularly through our ATHE Leadership Institute® and relationships with Affiliate Members.

Independent Artists

ATHE recognizes that the connections between higher education and professional and community arts organizations have grown increasingly tighter in recent years. We hope you join us for our upcoming annual conference. You might also make connections with our Affiliate Members.

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