Article I: Purpose

The Eastern States Theatre Association (ESTA) is organized and operated as a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation exclusively for educational, artistic and charitable purposes.  Generally the purposes of the corporation shall be to continue a body through which the community theatre associations of the District of Columbia, and the States of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania may cooperate with one another to further the following goals:

  1. Promote the general welfare of community theatre;
  2. Promote the cultural growth of theatre art through the mutual exchange of knowledge and assistance;
  3. Assist in the development of the arts and crafts of theatre within the academic and educational communities by rendering advice on curriculum and facilities and the cooperative utilization of organized theatre resources within the community.
  4. Create a broad and general interest in the theatre arts.
  5. The Association is not formed for pecuniary or financial gain and no part of the its assets, income, or profit thereof shall be distributed to or inure to the benefit of its members, Trustees or Officers.

Article II: Membership

Section 1:

Membership shall be open to accredited community theatre associations of the District of Columbia and the States of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  Such associations shall be bona fide organizations representing said State or a major geographic sub-division thereof.  For this purpose the District of Columbia is considered a State.

Section 2:

Accreditation for membership shall require a favorable vote by two-thirds of the Officers and Director-Representatives, provided said Officers and Director-Representatives have been given ninety (90) days prior notice of the voting.

Section 3:

An accredited State organization shall become a member upon payment of dues.

Section 4:

Each Officer and each Director-Representative shall be entitled to one (1) vote.

Section 5:

The Association shall keep current its membership in the American Association of Community Theatres.

The Eastern States Theatre Association is a Member Regional Organization, Region II, of the American Association of Community Theatres. It is comprised of the five member organizations representing the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey (inactive). Its primary functions are to hold the annual ESTA Festival to select the “best of the best” of the ESTA region and to encourage and support original works through education and networking.

We cordially invite you to join us for a weekend of award winning theater presented by state competition winners from NY, PA, DE and MD! Stay tuned for updates on location and specific dates.