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With a commitment to share the vitality of the Canadian professional theatre sector with the larger global community, and to share information about international practices and activities, PACT participates in working relationships with a number of international organizations.

International Theatre Institute (ITI)

We are a Cooperating Centre of ITI, the world’s largest performing arts organization founded in 1948 by theatre and dance experts and UNESCO. Dedicated to performing arts, ITI advances UNESCO’s goals of mutual understanding and peace and advocates for the protection and promotion of cultural expressions, regardless of age, gender, creed or ethnicity. It works to these ends internationally and nationally in the areas of arts education, international exchange and collaboration, and youth training. ITI organizes the International Dance Day and World Theatre Day every year at the UNESCO, Paris.



ASSITEJ Canada which exists to promote and celebrate the high quality and diversity of theatre and dance for young audiences in Canada. PACT members who create theatre for young audiences are members of ASSITEJ Canada, with representation on its Board of Directors. ASSITEJ Canada is affiliated with the international organization ASSITEJ. ASSITEJ – International unites theatres, organizations and individuals throughout the world who make theatre for children and young people. ASSITEJ is dedicated to the artistic, cultural and educational rights of children and young people across the globe and advocates on behalf of all children regardless of nationality, cultural identity, ethnicity, or religion. ASSITEJ brings people together so that they can share knowledge and practice within the field of theatre for children and young people in order to deepen understandings, develop practice, create new opportunities and strengthen the global sector. ASSITEJ promotes International Day of Theatre for Young People every year on March 20.


Theatre Communications Group (TCG)

TCG is the national organization for American theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to nearly 700 Member Theatres and Affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide.


  • Offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research and communications
  • Grants approximately $2 million per year to theatre companies and individual artists
  • Advocates on the federal level and serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute, connecting its constituents to the global theatre community


TCG is America’s largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 13 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on its booklist. TCG also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its member theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre.


International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY)

IPAY membership is comprised of a growing worldwide network of artists, producers, presenters, agents, educators, and students, including many members of PACT’s TYA Caucus. IPAY envisions a world in which artistic excellence and innovation in performing arts for young audiences are nurtured, supported, and expanded. IPAY’s mission is to create professional and educational opportunities for key sector stakeholders to engage around support of performing arts experiences for young audiences in North America.


The Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO)

APASO began almost 30 years ago when a group of organizations providing services to performing arts communities got together to share their experiences as a way of learning from each other. Today APASO is an association that includes cross-disciplinary nonprofit arts service organizations, performing arts service organizations, and cultural alliances from across the U.S. and Canada.


The International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA)

ISPA is a global network of more than 450 leaders in the performing arts with representation from more than 185 cities and all regions of the globe. ISPA members include facilities, performing arts organizations, artist managers, competitions, funders, consultants and other professionals working in the performing arts.

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