Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$3,886 raised by 40 donors

97% complete

$4,000 Goal

For over 40 years, SARTA has been serving theatres and theatre goers of all ages in the greater Sacramento area including Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, San Joaquin and El Dorado counties. We continue to support our theatre community with a newly created website, free to all community calendar, a weekly Twitch broadcast which brings news to the community, increased social media presence and local event promotion, and our twice weekly newsletter.  SARTA continues to focus on outreach to our communities with youth scholarships, low-cost workshops, special hosted events for actors, SARTA sponsored cookie receptions at local theatres and the launch of small grants for small theatres!  Additionally, SARTA offers Memberships that provide additional benefits to artists and producing community theaters, such as: Discounts on local productions, advanced notice and special pricing on SARTA events, and additional promotional opportunities. 

This past year has seen the creation and execution of three new programs - the Youth Education Scholarship (YES), SARTA’s Tonight Starring!, and SARTA Cabarets. The YES program allows SARTA to offer monetary scholarships ranging from $100-$300 to underserved youth who wish to attend theatre workshops, be it acting, singing, dancing or all three.  After application and committee review, our first year saw the distribution of 4 different scholarships to local youth.

Tonight Starring! gives actors a chance to perform, via staged reading, in a role that they might not otherwise have been cast, or in a show that might not have otherwise been produced.   Some examples include Bryna Turner’s Bull in a China Shop, Ibson’s Hedda Gabler, and most recently, “Farragut North.” These staged readings focus on non-traditional casting opportunities to open different interpretations of the material to the public, as well as to promote diversity and inclusivity within the theater community. 

This past year, SARTA also became a producing organization with our new Cabaret performances!  In collaboration with a local director, these performances bring the best of Broadway to patrons in a family friendly setting, promoting networking and supporting the talent of our local community.

We continue to focus on bringing low-cost education workshops to the community as well as providing networking nights such as Broadway Karaoke night.  SARTA remains committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility as we work to strengthen our programs and find new and better ways to support our vibrant theatre community. 


Giving Activity


The Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance is an inclusive group of community theaters, individual artists, technicians, and patrons formed to encourage collaboration, diversity, and creativity within the theatre community.


Microgrants for Theatres and Artists - Funding Need: $1,000 - $2,000 annually

We recognize that funding is in and of itself a barrier that prevents new works and voices from reaching the greater community. SARTA is committed to elevating artist voices and bridging cultural divides with our new Microgrants program. Individual artists and non-profit theaters are invited to apply for amounts up to $500, that will help with production and other costs that would otherwise prevent their work from being shared with the community.

SARTA Youth Educational Scholarship fund (YES) - Funding needs - $1200 - $2400 annually

SARTA has made a commitment to reaching out to underserved children/youth in the greater Sacramento area by offering theatre workshop scholarships to students in need of financial assistance. SARTA will facilitate the selection of students and distribution of funds through 501(c)3 non profit groups. Each award will be up to $300 per student/year and funds will be given to the theatre organization hosting the class/workshop. SARTA offered $1800 in scholarships to 6 students attending three different theatre programs in FY 22- 23.

Tonight Starring! Funding need - $1000 - $1500 annually.

While we are excited to feature new artists and interpretations on stage, this program still incurs production costs. Actual costs varies per production.

SARTA Cabarets - Funding Need: $1000 - $2000

Cabaret production costs include the rental of facilities, music licensing, and tech fees.

Operating Costs - Funding Need: $12,000+ annually.

Operating costs include items such as the cost of our weekly Twitch broadcast, website expenses which allow us to keep our community calendar free to all community theaters, and the rental of storage space.

Equity Statement

SARTA's new mission statement: The Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance is an inclusive group of community theaters, individual artists, technicians, and patrons formed to encourage collaboration, diversity, equity and creativity within the Greater Sacramento theatre community.

Over the past few years, SARTA has been on a journey of self-discovery and change along with the rest of the world. The pandemic and the consequences thereof, as well as self-reflection, have taught us that we need to see the theatre world through an entirely new lens; A lens that encourages opportunities for representation, scholarship, collaboration and a hand-up for the individuals and theatres that have been under-represented. The time has come to expand our ways of being a theatre-arts service organization. As such, the SARTA board of directors has spent time in strategic planning sessions and has has decided to redirect its energy into creating new programs to reach an ever-expanding community of theatres, artists, and theatre patrons. We remain committed to the creation and promotion of opportunities that support diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, as we strengthen our programming and find new and better ways to support our incredible community.

Organization Data


Organization name

Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Program, Technology, Board Members, Space: Office or Other

Demographics Served

General population, Youth & Children, LGBTQIA+

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


PO Box 162566
Sacramento, CA 95816

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

Placer, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US

Amador, CA, US



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