DefinitionerVad är community teater? Det finns flera olika definitioner. Här ger några personer som har arbetat länge med community teater sina definitioner.
Jan Cohen-Cruz:A community-based production is usually a response to a collectively significant issue or circumstance. It is a collaboration between an artist or ensemble and a “community” in that the latter is a primary source of the text, possibly of performers as well, and definitely a good portion of the audience. That is, at the source of community-based performance is not the singular artist but a “community” constituted by virtue of a shared primary identity based in place, ethnicity, class, race, sexual preference, profession, circumstances or political orientation. (Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the United States)
Eugene van Erven:Community theatre is a worldwide phenomenon that manifests itself in many different guises, yielding a broad range of performance styles. It is united, I think, by it´s emphasis on local and/or personal stories (rather than pre-written scripts) that are first processed through improvisation and the collectively shaped into theatre under the guidance either of outside professional artists or local amateur artists residing among groups of people that, for lack of a better term, could best be called “peripheral”. (Community Theatre: Global Perspectives)