Membership

Why Should I Join?

Writers are the originators of the dramatic idea for the stage. And the Guild is here to ensure the industry understands, supports and honors that. How?

We help you protect and defend your ownership of your creative material by protecting your copyright. You have an undisputed ownership of your play or musical, legally and artistically. Nothing in your work can ever be changed without your approval – not a word, not a line, not a scene, not a musical note, lyric or title. We are here to ensure your creative material is performed as written, never tolerate censorship and defend against internet piracy.

We protect and defend your professional interests.

You can never be forced to accept a right of first refusal by a director for a subsequent production. No director, actor or dramaturg can ever claim a percentage of your royalties or subsidiary income unless you voluntarily agree to it. We advise you on what is appropriate when collaborating with other artists.

We examine your contracts.

We make sure you are getting your negotiated royalties, conditions and artistic approvals by insisting on enforcement of all of the provisions of your contract. We question any changes or delays in paying you and we provide advice on contractual or collaboration disputes.

We are a source of business advice on a wide-range of theater-related legal issues.

Our business affairs department and staff attorneys are available for you to get business advice and articles on such issues as copyright, free expression, collaboration, and underlying rights, and offers model contracts for all levels of production, and assures that first class contracts protect the interests of dramatists everywhere.

Writers are the originators of the dramatic idea for the stage. And the Guild is here to ensure the industry understands, supports and honors that. How?

We help you protect and defend your ownership of your creative material by protecting your copyright. You have an undisputed ownership of your play or musical, legally and artistically. Nothing in your work can ever be changed without your approval – not a word, not a line, not a scene, not a musical note, lyric or title. We are here to ensure your creative material is performed as written, never tolerate censorship and defend against internet piracy.

We protect and defend your professional interests.

You can never be forced to accept a right of first refusal by a director for a subsequent production. No director, actor or dramaturg can ever claim a percentage of your royalties or subsidiary income unless you voluntarily agree to it. We advise you on what is appropriate when collaborating with other artists.

We examine your contracts.

We make sure you are getting your negotiated royalties, conditions and artistic approvals by insisting on enforcement of all of the provisions of your contract. We question any changes or delays in paying you and we provide advice on contractual or collaboration disputes.

We are a source of business advice on a wide-range of theater-related legal issues.

Our business affairs department and staff attorneys are available for you to get business advice and articles on such issues as copyright, free expression, collaboration, and underlying rights, and offers model contracts for all levels of production, and assures that first class contracts protect the interests of dramatists everywhere.