Mission Statement

The American Alliance for Theatre & Education serves and inspires a growing collective of theatre artists, educators, and scholars committed to transforming young people and communities through the theatre arts.

Diversity Statement

AATE believes in equity, justice, and inclusion for all.  We believe our work is stronger by the many voices, perspectives, and experiences we bring to the organization and the field.  We actively welcome and include all people regardless of race, socioeconomic class, color, national origin, religion, diverse perspectives, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, neurological or physical ability, veteran status, legal status, or education level.


The worth of a civilization is measured by its ability to meet the needs of its youth. We envision a world where every child has access to drama and theatre; where every city has a theatre for young audiences; where every community has a youth theatre; where every school has a theatre arts curriculum. We envision a time when the full spectrum of the theatre arts becomes a pervasive part of our landscape. We celebrate the courage and creativity of those artists and educators who do this work even as we connect, inspire, and support them in their profession.

Core Values

core values

Strategic Plan

To view the AATE Strategic Plan: 2016-2020 please visit the AATE website HERE. At the bottom, you will see an area to provide feedback. We welcome your insights and ideas. The AATE Strategic Plan: 2016-2020 will be adopted by the AATE Board while we meet together in Milwaukee, and the work will begin immediately on achieving the goals set forth in the document.


AATE Proposed Bylaw Change (6-26-20)