The company’s new Artist Nights will allow theatre creatives to access mainstage productions for less.

Having the chance to be immersed in the local theatre scene is vital to the development of a vibrant theatre community, but the soaring price of tickets can often make attending those all important performances financially prohibitive.

The Melbourne Theatre Company hope to address this issue, announcing today the beginning of a game-changing initiative to allow theatre artists to see the work of their peers for an affordable price. MTC’s new Artist Nights initiative will allow anyone working in the theatre industry subsidised access for just $29 to all MTC mainstage productions. Not only will this allow theatre creatives to learn more about the company, it will also provide invaluable opportunities for vital networking with other members of the industry.

Brett Sheehy

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 programme 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.”

MTC’s Artist Nights will operate as a season membership, 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.

Sheehy believes the new scheme will help develop stronger artistic links within Melbourne’s theatre scene. “With all of our artist access initiatives we aim to help foster networking opportunities amongst the sector and this programme is no different,” he said. “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,”

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.

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