The Global Theater Initiative (GTI), which serves as the U.S. center of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), encourages U.S. theatres, individual artists, institutions and audiences to celebrate the occasion annually on the 27th of March. For questions, or access to the World Theatre Day logo, please email Joshua Smalley, TCG artistic & international programs associate, at

Ways to Participate

  • Share the international and U.S. messages on or around March 27 through program notes, curtain speeches and online media.
  • Tweet about World Theatre Day on Twitter using the hashtag #WorldTheatreDay. Follow Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics for updates.
  • Follow ITI on Facebook and share their World Theatre Day-related posts. Also, post your own message to your network about World Theatre Day and champion the power of theatre to strengthen cultural exchange and mutual understanding across borders.
  • Register with the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA) and take action by contacting your elected officials regarding the need for: Improved visa processing for international guest artists (Issue Brief); Increased funding for the Cultural Programs Division of the State Department (Issue Brief)
  • Host a round table with your community to discuss the themes related to World Theatre Day.
  • Offer ticket discounts in celebration of the day.
  • Make your backstage space available for audiences to tour.

Participate Beyond World Theatre Day

  • Register with the Human Rights Watch to learn about human rights issues from around the world.
  • Consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program to conduct theatre research, training, and teaching —our world needs more creative solutions and leadership to resolve many of our challenges, and the Fulbright is making an effort to include more artists and theatre scholars in their programs.
  • Set a goal to work with your local community and Sister Cities International to create a reciprocal cultural exchange or project with your sister city.
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