Ways to celebrate World Theatre Day

March 27 marks World Theatre Day, and ever since 1962, this day has been celebrated on a global level with hundreds of thousands of participants! World Theatre Day emphasizes the importance of this art form and allows people around the world to connect over a shared love.

At Segerstrom Center for the Arts, we are so thrilled that we have served as a space to bring people together to enjoy live theatre for over 35 years, and this World Theatre Day, we thought we’d give you some ideas on what to do to celebrate in a variety of ways!  

Host a movie musical marathon 

Between Les Misérables, Tick, Tick…Boom!, West Side Story, Into the Woods, Mamma Mia! and many more, movie musicals have seen a steady uptick in the past several years. Gather up your friends, cozy up with some blankets, and watch some of your favorite movie musicals back-to-back (sing-along optional). 

Rewatch your favorite performance videos 

Do you have old videos of your school plays growing up, or even home videos of you performing in the living room? Celebrate the tiny superstar that always knew they loved theatre! It’s time to find those videos and look back on the memories of some of your first shows.  

Write a note to an arts educator who inspired you 

Did you have a high school theatre teacher manager who solidified your choice to pursue a career in the arts or a college stage who introduced you to a musical that changed your life? If you can find a way to reach them, consider writing a quick note expressing the positive impact they had on your performing arts education. 


Support performing arts students at a local community college or university 

While college is not the only path, there are currently so many college students creating countless incredible musicals, devised theatre pieces, and more on their campus. By purchasing a ticket to a show, supporting a fundraiser, or showing up to a performance, you are celebrating the next generation of artists. 


Watch iconic Tony Award performances and guest appearances by your favorite musicals on YouTube 

From “Good Morning America” to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, casts of Broadway musicals make tv appearances throughout the year that are broadcast throughout the country and are later uploaded to YouTube. If you’re looking for full-length productions, some professional recordings of shows like An American in Paris and Falsettos are on BroadwayHD’s website and are available with a subscription.  

Disney's The Lion King
Funny Girl

Reread one of your favorite plays  

We all have that one show that reminds us of why we fell in love with theatre. Why not spend the day revisiting it? If you can get your hands on a copy of the play, read a scene (or the whole play) and enjoy the work of a visionary writer who makes you feel inspired.  


Post about it on social media 

World Theatre Day acts as a way to connect performers, theatregoers, industry professionals, and theatre lovers of all kinds and celebrate something we all hold so dear to our hearts. It also serves as a wake-up-call for politicians and institutions who may not see the value of theatre to individuals and to an area’s economic growth. Overall, Broadway contributes $14.7 billion to the New York City economy and creates nearly 97,000 jobs! Theatre continues to have such a widespread love, so share your favorite theatre photos on social media and enjoy everyone else’s pictures throughout your feed! 

See a show!  

What better way to celebrate World Theatre Day than with tickets to see live theatre? Our new 2023/24 Broadway Series was just announced and season subscriptions are now available! See our full lineup of shows and check out our 9-show, 6-show, and 3-show series options here


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