A guide to how we classify organisations using our scripts...
Professional Theatre
A professional theatre company is one that makes payment to its actors. (This includes payment per performance and profit sharing schemes.)
This category applies to all uses by professional theatre companies, including, for example performances in schools or prisons.
Amateur/Community Theatre
(Note that "Amateur Theatre" tends to be used in the UK for any company of unpaid actors, where "Community Theatre" is more common in the USA. We use the terms interchangeably.)
This category includes:-
- Groups whose purpose is to put on shows
- Theatre sections of larger groups, for example:-
   - "St Mary's Church Pantomime Society"
   - "Ashurst Townswomen's Guild Drama Group"
Theatre Company Youth Group
The youth section of a theatre (usually a community theatre, but also youth groups supported by Professional Theatre companies)
Theatre School
Any business constituted to provide performing arts tuition.
This excludes drama tuition run within a community theatre group (which comes into the Theatre Company Youth Group category).
(General) School
Any body providing general education at any level, including schools, homeschools, colleges and universities.
Speech and Debate Teams
Groups whose purpose is to participate in Speech and Debate (Forensics) Tournaments
Youth Organisation (other than theatre)
Youth clubs (but not junior sections of theatres), for example:
- Scouts
- 4H Clubs
Community Groups
Any voluntary group with a purpose other than theatre (and without a separate theatrical section).
- Women's Institutes
- Townswomen's Guilds
- Toastmasters
- Churches (other than in church services)
Churches (using drama as part of an act of worship)
Some of our scripts are designed to be used within church services. This category is for that sort of use.
(A church group putting on drama at an event other than a church service would count as a Community Group.)
Hospitals/Care Homes
Performances by staff or patients to people unable to see entertainment outside the institution.
(Professional theatre groups visiting to perform are counted as professional theatre groups. Amateur theatre groups visiting to perform are counted as amateur theatre groups. It's the group that matters, not the venue!)
Private Homes
Most frequently, use by members of families at family gatherings.
Prisoners reading or performing plays.
Anything not covered by the above. (If in doubt, visit our help pages. If still in doubt, ask us. See our Contact Page for details.)