The mission of the South Carolina Theatre Association is to connect, create and cultivate theatre in South Carolina.
SCTA Board Members Expectations
- Support and advocate for the mission of the SCTA.
- Be informed of the SCTA’s bylaws, rules, and budget.
- Participate in the Board’s Planning Retreat(s) to appraise the prior year’s activities and develop strategic plans for the upcoming year including short- and long-term goals for the SCTA.
- Prepare for, attend, and actively participate in all Board meetings as outlined in the SCTA bylaws.
- All board members are expected to engage in some capacity the SCTA’s special events and fundraising efforts with their time, talent, and/or treasure.
- Actively participate in at least one SCTA and Board committee and serve as a liaison to the board of directors.
- Remain informed of membership benefits including programs and events. Encourage local theatres and theatre practitioners to join SCTA whenever possible and support current members by patronizing their theatres and referring them.
- Participate in the Board member nominating process and assist with the recruiting and mentoring of the new board members.
New Board Member Orientation
- A Virtual Orientation session will be held within the first month of service for all incoming Board members. The agenda will typically include the following items:
- Recap of Membership Benefits
- Staff & Board Member Contact Information
- Event Summaries & Annual Calendar
- Committee Structure and Listing
- Community Partnerships
- Board Member Contract
SCTA’s Board of Directors consists of theatre practitioners and business people representing SCTA member organizations or as individuals in good standing. The Nominating Committee, appointed by the President, provides a slate intended to create a balance in terms of background, location, and talents. The Board votes on
the slate and if approved, forwards to the Membership for a final vote at the annual meeting. A Board Member’s term is three years.
Board Member Duties
Board members are encouraged to take a strong ownership of SCTA and embrace their leadership role. All Board Members are expected to be present at all Board meetings. Prior to each Board meeting, Board Members will receive an agenda with reports in advance of each meeting, and meeting time is spent on action items, strategic discussion and planning activities. A strong Board presence at SCTA functions adds prestige and sets an example for other SCTA members. Board members are expected to participate/attend SCTA programming and annual events whenever possible.
Board Members are also expected to actively participate in the SCTA at a committee level. Each Board member shall sit on at least one committee. In addition, Board Members are asked to frequently consult with the membership of the SCTA so they may be truly representative in their position or to explain Board action or policy.
Board meetings are outlined in the SCTA rules. Board Members are expected to be on time to board meetings; the President will make every effort to adjourn the meeting in a timely manner. If a Board Member misses meetings without an excuse deemed valid by the current President, they may be relieved of their duties as a Board member. The Board will be updated regularly and asked to make governance decisions about SCTA operations and finances as well as committee activities. Committee reports
will also be expected from board members as appropriate so that the board may stay apprised of committee news.
Occasionally, the Board will be asked to take a position on an issue pertaining to theatre and theatre education, as aligned with our mission. The issue may be brought to the Board with a recommendation from a committee or delegated to a related committee for further investigation and/or a recommendation. The Board will review the information and make a decision based on the best interest of the entire Membership.
Directors’ Fiduciary Responsibility
All Board Members have a fiduciary responsibility to the SCTA, meaning that they are accountable for every financial decision made. Therefore, it is extremely important that Board Members ask questions of the Treasurer, President, and Executive Director in order to fully understand SCTA’s finances.
SCTA carries Director’s and Officer’s insurance to protect Board members.