Current Members

The following is a list of handy resources available for current members of NAST.

The NAST staff is available if any questions arise and looks forward to working with you to maintain your accreditation status.

Annual Reports

All accredited institutional members of NAST must participate in annual reporting requirements to maintain their accreditation status. Annual Reports are due each January, July, and October.


A calendar containing major deadlines and events for NAST.

Current Notices

News, items of interest to theatre executives, and other information regarding NAST.

Directory List – Advanced Search

All accredited institutional members receive access via a username and password to the advanced search function of the NAST Directory List of Accredited Institutions. The advanced search tool provides the ability to search by degree level, major, and area of emphasis/track/concentration; by type of institution (public/private and/or degree-granting/non-degree-granting); and by keyword. The information is updated continuously.


Accredited institutional members are invoiced annually on the first day of July. To assist institutions with planning, the dues schedule for the next academic year is posted under Current Notices each March. Annual dues for institutional members are scaled according to two categories: (1) institutions with graduate degrees, and (2) all other institutions.

Institutional Representatives

NAST corresponds with member institutions primarily through the institution’s official Institutional Representative. Official Institutional Representatives vote on behalf of the institution, receive original copies of Commission Action Reports regarding accreditation status, and are eligible to hold office in NAST and participate in such activities as accreditation reviews to other applicant institutions.

To notify NAST of a change in official Institutional Representative, the current Institutional Representative must provide written confirmation to the National Office (this can be done via email to Jenny Kuhlmann).

Membership Responsibilities

NAST accredited institutional members have ongoing responsibilities (annual reporting, filing for new curricula and substantive changes, participating in revisions of standards, etc.) in order to maintain accreditation.

NAST Annual Meeting

NAST holds an Annual Meeting for current and potential members each year in March.

NAST Handbook

The NAST Handbook includes current NAST standards and guidelines for accredited institutional membership for degree- and non-degree-granting institutions in theatre, as well as the Association’s Constitution, Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Rules of Practice and Procedure.

New Curricula (Plan Approval, Final Approval for Listing)

Accredited institutions must file applications for new curricula to NAST when the adding programs and degrees under the purview of NAST at a degree or credential level other than the curricular level(s) included in the institution’s current accreditation.

Officers, Commissions, and Committees

NAST Officers, Commissioners, and Committees are primarily volunteers from member institutions elected to office by their peers. Institutional Representatives of member institutions are eligible to hold office in NAST and participate in such activities as accreditation reviews to other applicant institutions. Correspondence with all Officers, Commissioners, and Committees is to be made through the NAST National Office staff.

Substantive Changes

Accredited institutions must file applications for Substantive Changes to NAST when making major changes in the period between regularly scheduled accreditation visits. Examples of Substantive Changes may include starting or closing a branch campus or extension program, a change from clock hours to credit hours or vice versa, or a change in the legal status or form of control of the institution. Please see the NAST Handbook, Rules of Practice and Procedure, Part II, Article V, and contact the National Office for appropriate procedures.