Theatre Centre is an association of independent performing arts groups founded in 1971 to provide services to its members and supervise their interests.
The membership of Theatre Centre consists of 35 Finnish professional theatres and performing arts groups. The members represent a wide range of different genres: theatre, dance, circus, performance art, children’s theatre, musical theatre, puppet theatre, improvisational theatre, mask theatre and clowning.
Weighs in on issues related to cultural policy and supervises the interests of its members.
Produces and disseminates expert knowledge from the field of performing arts.
Provides services and guidance for members.
Engages in wide-ranging cooperation.
Communicates effectively with members and decision-makers.
For Theatre Centre, supervision of interests is primarily a form of cooperation and an expression of the joint will of its members. It allows members to reach policy-makers with a unified voice that amplifies their message. Theatre Centre provides policy-makers with information about the operational preconditions of its members and the changing conditions in the field of performing arts. To its members, Theatre Centre provides information on the latest definitions of cultural policy and decisions that affect them.
The most important targets of influence are the parties and the parliament, municipal decision-makers, the Ministry of Education and Culture and Arts Promotion Center Finland.
In 2020, the main goals of Theatre Centre are:
- To influence on increasing the funding for independent performing arts field from the state and municipalities.
- To ensure that the reform of the state subsidy system for performing arts is conducted carefully and for the benefit of the independent performing arts field.
- To support our members to develop their organizations and act as better empolyers by providing counceling and training for the members.
Theatre Centre is deeply involved in cooperation with other operators and associations in the field of performing arts. Our list of partners includes Theatre Info Finland (TINFO), Association of Finnish Theatres, Trade Union for Theatre and Media Finland (TeMe), Finnish Actors’ Union, Circus Info Finland, Dance Info Finland, Theatre Museum and the magazine Theatre & Dance & Circus, among others.
Kaisa Paavolainen, Executive Manager (acting) / Head of Communications and Public Affairs
Supervision of interests, cultural policy work, administration, communications, events and training.
Tel. +358 40 731 3655
Jaska Teuri, Membership Specialist, part-time
Membership issues, guidance and enquiries.
Tel. +358 45 208 5220
Sini-Maria Tuomivaara, Organisation Secretary, part-time
Teatterijoukko magazine, media monitoring services, Theatre Cards and invoicing.
Tel. +358 45 152 4719