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Actors Page: Actors Business

This page is designed for actors, to help them develop the library skills they will need when researching a role. Using the proper research methods your visit to the library will be easier and more efficient.

Want to produce your own show? Use these links to get started and use the "self production check list".

Are you involved with an amateur theater company? This production checklist will walk you through all the steps you need to complete before producing and staging a play or musical, such as:


  • finding a suitable project and getting authorization from the copyright holder to perform the play,
  • locating and renting a theater venue to stage the production (if you don't already have one),
  • drawing up a budget,
  • deciding on a director, production designer, stage manager, costume designer, and other necessary personnel,
  • arranging for liability insurance,


  • auditions,casting, and rehearsals,
  • arranging publicity,
  • staging the performance

Actors Equity

Screen Actors Guild

Finding Spaces

NYC Performing Arts Spaces is the only nonprofit program that focuses solely on resolving performing artists’ needs for rehearsal and performance space.

Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition.

The Field

The Field's mission is to serve independent performing artists on a completely non-exclusive basis. This means that everything we do is open to artists from all aesthetic viewpoints, cultural backgrounds, and levels of development.

Fractured Atlas

We help artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their individuality and independent spirit. By nurturing today's talented but underrepresented voices, we hope to foster a dynamic and diverse cultural landscape of tomorrow.

Materials for the Arts

Materials for the Arts, NYC helps artists realize their visions, provides students with a richer educational experience, and furnishes businesses with a simple and efficient way to enhance the cultural life of their city while promoting environmental awareness

Obtaining Rights to Produce a Play or Musical

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

VLA plays an important role in educating individual artists, arts professionals within arts and cultural institutions, attorneys, students and the general public about legal and business issues that affect artistic and creative endeavors.