Actors’ Equity Association

Actors’ Equity Association (“Equity” or AEA), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions.

Equity is governed by its own members through an elected Council, representing principal actors, chorus actors and stage managers living in three regions: Eastern, Central and Western. Members at large participate in Equity’s governance through a system of regional Boards and Committees. Equity has 28 designated area liaison cities with over 100 members each.


Business for a Better Portland

Business for a Better Portland (BBPDX) launched in 2016 as a new kind of business organization whose members believe that the health and prosperity of businesses depends on the health and prosperity of its citizens. BBPDX members like Artists Rep collaborate with community leaders and elected officials to solve Portland’s most pressing issues, including 1) better transportation, 2) economic opportunity, 3) housing and homelessness, and 4) community and connection.

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Cultural Advocacy Coalition

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition is a 501(c)4 non-partisan advocacy group formed to lobby policymakers in Salem to ensure that all Oregonians have the opportunity to access arts and culture in their communities.

The primary mission of the Cultural Advocacy Coalition is to increase ongoing public investment in arts, heritage and the humanities. Volunteers serve on the Board of Directors and include representatives from a broad number of interests to best represent the diverse mix of Oregon’s cultural community.


League of Resident Theatres

League of Resident Theatres (LORT) is the largest professional theatre association of its kind in the United States, with 75 member Theatres located in every major market in the U.S., including 29 states and the District of Columbia. LORT Theatres collectively issue more Equity contracts to actors than Broadway and commercial tours combined. Artists Rep joined LORT in 2016.


National New Play Network

National New Play Network (NNPN) is an alliance of professional theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays. Founded in 1998, NNPN continues to revolutionize the new play landscape through the strength of its member theaters, collaborate efforts, and its nationally recognized programs and services for artists and organizations. Artists Rep joined NNPN in 2016.

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Oregon Arts Commission

The Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Nine Commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine policies, establish long-range plans, and review applications to grants programs to determine funding levels. Funding for the Commission and its programs is provided by the state of Oregon, the National Endowment for the Arts , a federal agency, which believes a great nation deserves great art and with a cultural partner grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Artists Rep is an annual beneficiary of OAC grants.


Oregon Community Foundation

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds, OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships. Thousands of citizens have created a permanent endowment for Oregon through OCF—an endowment that will help Oregonians today and for generations to come. Many donors make gifts annually to Artists Rep through OCF.


Oregon Cultural Trust

Oregon is the only state to have such a program as the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT), which partners with over 1,300 cultural nonprofits throughout the state. A gift to one or more of these qualifying nonprofit organizations such as Artists Rep followed by a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust allows a donor to claim a tax credit. The tax deductible portion of memberships to many Oregon cultural organizations also qualifies toward the matching gift.

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Partners in Diversity

Artists Rep is a proud member of Partners in Diversity (PiD), which operates as an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, and seeks to address employers’ critical needs for achieving and empowering a workforce that reflects the rapidly changing demographics of the Pacific Northwest. We accomplish these goals through educational programs, job postings and distribution of information for CEOs and for those who work in human resources or in diversity roles. PiD also helps recently relocated professionals of color connect with the multicultural community through major networking events such as our signature Say Hey! event, civic engagement opportunities, social media, our website and personal relationships.


Regional Arts & Culture Council

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) works to integrate arts and culture in all aspects of community life. RACC has served the Portland tri-county area since its inception in 1995, when the city’s Metropolitan Arts Commission transitioned into a separate not-for-profit organization based upon the recommendation of ArtsPlan 2000+.  RACC is the steward of several public and private investments in arts and culture, and works to create an environment in which the arts and culture of the region can flourish and prosper. RACC is a major funder of Artists Rep and is funded in part by local, regional, state and federal governments to provide grants to artists and operating support to art organizations in the tri-county region.

RACC Arts Tax

In November of 2012, 62% of Portland voters approved an Arts Education and Access Fund. The “arts tax” as it is commonly known was placed on the ballot by The Creative Advocacy Network and championed by then-Mayor Sam Adams. The City of Portland collects the tax and administers the funds. An independent citizen oversight committee reviews expenditures, progress and outcomes. RACC distributes arts tax proceeds through three RACC grant programs: General Operating Support (GOS), Project Grants, and Capacity Building Grants for Culturally Specific Arts Organizations. RACC is also setting aside funds to help invest in equity initiatives within GOS organizations like Artists Rep.

Theatre Communications Group


Theatre Communications Group (TCG) exists to strengthen, nurture, and promote professional theatre in the U.S. and globally. Since its founding in 1961, TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 700 Member Theatres, including Artists Rep, and affiliate organizations and nearly 10,000 Individual Members. Through its Core Values of Activism, Artistry, Diversity, and Global Citizenship, TCG advances a better world for theatre and a better world because of theatre.