About the TRD

Welcome to the Stage Directions online Theatre Resources Directory! We want this to be the best place to find any of the things you need to create better theatre, from scripts to gaff tape, color scrollers to music stands, from audience seats to rigging systems. We want this to be a simple, powerful database, but with anything there are bound to be a few questions. Hopefully this will answer some of them:

What is the Theatre Resources Directory?

The Theatre Resources Directory is a database of companies that provide goods, services, or training for those interested in creating theatre. We aim to cover every aspect of theatrical training and production.

How do I find a company?

To find a specific company, the best thing to do is to type their name into the search bar at the top of every page.

If you know what you need (backdrops, for example), but don’t know who supplies them—browse a category by clicking on a link to the left.

Why are some companies highlighted?

Certain companies have partnered with us to highlight their listings so they can stand out. We highlight their company in the list of providers, and also highlight their companies at the top of each page. They’re advertisements, much like Google returns at the top their search results.

Do I have to register to use the Directory?
Not to search! Anyone can come and search the Directory and contact companies via the Directory—without having to register.

If you want to add your company to the Directory, or claim a company already in the Directory, or purchase advertising for your company in the Directory—then yes, you need to register.

How do I register for the Directory?
Click on the “Register” link in the upper-left hand corner of the home page. Alternately, visit http://www.stage-directions.com/trd/users.php.

You’ll be asked to fill out the form pictured below, asking for an email address, password, name and phone number – and to input a “Captcha”-type security code that lets us know you’re not a spambot.

How do I add my company to the Directory?
Once you’ve registered (http://www.stage-directions.com/trd/users.php) you click on the “Add a FREE Listing” button on the Your Listings page. That link will take you here http://www.stage-directions.com/trd/mylistings.php?action=addCompany, where you can begin to add your company.

How much does it cost to add a company to the Directory?
A basic listing, including your company name, street and web address is FREE!

You can add your free listing to as many sections as you like—but if we believe it is inappropriate for your company to be in that section, we reserve the right to pull you from it. (E.g., if you’re a rigging company, we’re not going to list you in the “Plays and Musicals” category, as you probably don’t publish any plays or musicals…)

What do I do if my company’s already in the Directory?
Click on the “Claim this listing” link at the bottom of each record, or just send an email to listings@stage-directions.com. Include the name of the company, your name, your affiliation with the company, and your contact info. We’ll do some research and make sure you’re the appropriate person to hand the listing off to. If everything is in order, we’ll send you an email when you can edit the listing.

How do I delete a company from the database?
Send an email to listings@stage-directions.com, stating who you are and why you would like a listing deleted. Our staff will review the info and get back to  you.

How can I add extra info to my company listing?
On the Your Listings page, click the “Preview/Edit” link next to your company name. Then click the orange “Edit the information for…” bar on the bottom of the blue box.

Once there you can add any one of three packages of info:
1 – Basic Contact Extension – You can enter the name of a contact person at your company as well as two phone numbers and a fax number.
2 – E-contact Extension – This will let every visitor to the Directory know exactly how to contact you across all your media platforms, including email, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and more.
3 – Company Description Extension – This is a 900-character (approx. 150 words) description of your company that will let visitors to the site know exactly what it is you do, and how you do it so well.

Each of these extensions does cost money. You will be billed after  you enter the info. Each added bonus of info will last for 1 year before needing to be renewed.

How can I highlight my company?
Having your company highlighted means that they will be displayed on a vibrant blue background on the main listing sheet, making sure you get the visitor’s attention! Your listing will also be pulled to the top of the page (in rotation with other highlighted listings) so that visitors see your listing first!

Unlike Extended Info,  Highlights don’t automatically appear across the whole website. You can highlight your company in as many different sections as you like, but each one is a separate purchase.

You can Highlight your company in various sections by clicking on the

What is a Featured Company, and how can I get that?
A Featured Company puts your company’s name on the home page of the TRD with a direct link to your company in the category description, and establishes a strong connection between your company and that category.

You can purchase this by clicking on the “Add Enhancements” button underneath your company listing on the “Your Listings” page.