Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$4,469 raised by 43 donors

60% complete

$7,500 Goal

For the past 38 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. SARTA has evolved from an office based organization where folks could hang out and read scripts and talk theatre. Now SARTA is run with laptops, a website, Zoom board meetings and multiple types of social media. We are excited that theatres began to reopen in Fall 2021 and continue to offer live or online performances or both as the Covid pandemic dictates. One thing is for certain - Theatres and theatre fans are definitely resilient!

Over the past 22 months SARTA has been on a journey of self- discovery and change along with the rest of the world. The time has come to expand our ways of being a theatre-arts service organization. The board has spent time in strategic planning sessions and has recognized the need for new programs and opportunities to promote inclusivity, diversity and equity which aligns with our 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 theatre community. 

The past two years 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. So, the SARTA board of directors has decided to redirect its energy to creating new programs to reach an ever-expanding community of theatre artists such as an educational scholarship program for under-served children and youth, FREE membership for all, a new SARTA Patron program which includes multiple gift/opportunity levels for donors and a weekly live TV show - This Week in Theatre! Grants for local theatres, while still in process, will be another important tool for getting new theatre productions to fruition. 

While we are excited to be offering new opportunities, the board feels that it is also time to say goodbye to the Elly Awards. The Ellys had a great 38-year run from 1984 – 2020. SARTA took ownership of the awards in 1986 and has given out at least 1000 plaques over the decades. However, the times dictate that equity, diversity and inclusion are more important than awards. And until such time when all peoples are represented on the stage, our efforts are better spent on opportunities for everyone to share their unique stories.

SARTA will continue to announce Lifetime Achievement Awards on an annual basis. As a matter of fact, in late December 2021, we gave a posthumous award to James C. Glika-Hernandez at ‘A Concert for James’ at Woodland Opera House.’ We look forward to honoring these amazing individuals/theatres in our community.  

As soon as it is safe to do so, SARTA will launch in-person theatre community building activities. Ideas include outdoor picnics, behind the scenes tours of theatres, patron get-togethers, theatre nights, or Zoom groups for technicians. SARTA is still dreaming about the day we can meet our supporters face-to-face!  


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.


NEW for 2022 - SARTA Educational Scholarship fund.

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 501c3 non profit groups. Each award will be up to $300 per student/year and funds will be given to the organization hosting the class/workshop. SARTA plans to offer four (4) awards in 2022 and hopes to expand the awards in upcoming years. (Funding needs - $1200 - $2400 annually)

NEW for 2022 - This Week in Sac Theatre Live Stream

SARTA will be launching a weekly live streaming feed on Twitch TV called This Week in Theatre. The host is board member Iris Dimond, who has extensive experience both on screen and on Zoom. Featured content will include upcoming auditions, workshops & classes, opening and upcoming shows and special theatre events. There will also be special guests. Each week's session will be recorded and can be viewed at a later date. (Estimated costs - $500-$1000 for dedicated screen and laptop)

Low cost workshops for Adults/Seniors

SARTA wishes to expand its online and in person mini- workshops (two hours or less) and offer stipends to these community-based instructors. Underwriting for this program would help SARTA to keep the cost minimal ( $5 for members; $10 for non-members) and/or FREE. Estimated cost is $800 per year.

Volunteer SARTA Board Members - Two-year term.

SARTA is looking for volunteer board members to assist with the development of an equitable, inclusive, diverse and collaborative theatre arts service organization. Board members must make a minimum commitment of two years, attend monthly Zoom meetings; participate with programs and committees and make a financial commitment. (Annual contribution of board member - $250)

Organization Data


Organization name

Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance

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Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

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Organization Need

Volunteers, Technology, Funding: Program, In-Kind Donations

Demographics Served

Youth & Children


PO Box 162566
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Sacramento, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

Placer, CA, US

El Dorado, CA, US

Amador, CA, US



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