Twitter is an incredible tool, offering connectivity, reach, and instant access to potentially thousands of other users, professional contacts, and audience members. And if you've ever taken a little time in front of your Twitter log, you know how addictive, insightful and worth following the social media service can be.
Following are just a few of my own favorite Twitter users in the Performing Arts -- I've found them incredibly educational, supportive, entertaining, insightful, and fascinating.
Theatre Columnists & Media
Here, you'll find literate, essential tweets from the Theater/Books Editor at The New York Times. Quick-witted and informative.
As the former Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing, Sherman provides one of the most insightful, funny and consistent Twitter destinations you'll find, with lots of great links and information.
The Off Broadway Alliance
Tweets from The Off Broadway Alliance, an open forum for producers, GMs, venue owners, press agents and marketing firms to promote works Off-Broadway.
Tweets from a great theatrical resource website that covers the people who work both onstage and behind the scenes on Broadway, and beyond.
Sian, David and Eleanor on the Globe Tweetstage, chatting with fascinating anecdotes on Shakespeare, the Globe and the theatre industry (with the occasional gossip from the green room as well).
Follow the leading publisher in their ongoing release of new and essential performing arts books and references.
Not just a fabulous Twitter account that tells you who's going on when the show must go on, but they also offer constant links to great clips, media and news.
Steve on Broadway
The well-known blogger is a great follow -- he writes about Broadway shows from the point of view of the audience, after purchasing each ticket himself.
Pithy tweets from the accomplished and popular London-based theatre critic (Sunday Express, The Stage, Playbill.com, Theatrevoice.com).
Broadway Girl NYC
Dishy, chatty and enormous fun -- reviews, sightings, gossip, and news from a Broadway fan's perspective.
Entertaining tweets from a writer, editor, Boston Conservatory teacher, and adept theater blogger.
The Digital Content Editor for @LincolnCenter (also a worthy follow), the Arts & Culture Blogger at Large for @HuffingtonPost, @BroadwayWorld, with tons of tweets that are sharp, insightful and entertaining.
Follow one of my favorite columnists as Healy, the New York Times theater reporter, shares his latest stories, insights, questions and feedback with Twitter followers.
The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI)
Tweets from the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative is the Los Angeles-based movement working toward fair representation of women playwrights on stage. @cindymariej usually tweets. Highly worth the follow - and don't miss their website, as well, at http://lafpi.com.
WP (Women's Project) Theater
Get behind women in theatre with the Women's Project Theater, the nation's oldest and largest company dedicated to producing theater created by women. http://www.womensproject.org
Here's a great networking group for women who work in the technical disciplines of stage entertainment across all sectors including: Theatre, music, events and architecture.
"Love, Loss" on Stage
The official twitter account for Love, Loss & What I Wore from NYC to beyond, with insights that are dishy, warm, and fun - a celebration of being female in the theatre every bit as much as about the show itself.
Financial and Fundraising Tweeps
Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects, and if fundraising is on your radar, you need to follow their tweets.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) provides cash grants, online resources, and professional development to artists and emerging organizations.
Megan is a prolific tweeter, a freelance writer, nonprofit consultant and certified grant writer whose knowledgeable tweets convey a great deal of useful info for those interested in grants and grant applications.
Tweets from Arts Opportunities, a free, online classifieds bank serving the arts industry.
Springboard Arts is a nonprofit organization connecting artists with the skills, info and services they need to make a living. They also tweet open jobs and internships in the arts, too.
Grantmakers in the Arts
Tweets from a Seattle arts organization that strives to help promote fundraising connectivity and those who give to the arts.
David tweets intelligently and frequently on fundraising in the arts and other relevant thoughts.
Womens Funding Network
A San Francisco organization working to bring together women's funds around the world.