Melbourne Theatre Company announced today it will introduce a new Artist Nights initiative in 2016, providing practicing theatre artists and creatives with access to subsidised $29 tickets to all MTC mainstage productions.
MTC’s Artist Nights is designed to enable artists to see the work of their peers for an affordable price as well as providing the chance to socialise and network with other members of the industry pre and post-show.
MTC Artistic Director Brett Sheehy said, ‘We know how important it is for artists to see as much work as possible to develop their own craft and line of enquiry, but we also know that ticket prices for mainstage theatre are not always affordable for freelance artists. Our new Artist Nights subsidised ticket program is designed with these artists in mind so MTC productions are more accessible to the very people who create the work we see on stages across the city.
‘With all of our artist access initiatives we aim to help foster networking opportunities amongst the sector and this program is no different. We hope that artists will not only have a great night in the theatre but also use it as an opportunity to make connections with other artists and potential collaborators,’ Mr Sheehy said.
MTC’s Artist Nights will operate as a season membership with an administration fee of $10, allowing artists to purchase one discounted ticket to a specified performance for each MTC mainstage production. To qualify for the membership, individuals must be a practicing performer, designer, composer, playwright, dramaturg, choreographer or director regularly working within the theatre industry.
MTC will hold its first Artist Night this Saturday 23 January for Ladies in Black, the new Australian musical written by Carolyn Burns with music and lyrics by Tim Finn.
For more information about MTC’s Artist Night and how to access tickets as well as other Artist Access initiatives visit mtc.com.au/ArtistNights