An update on our 2016 season and future work from Executive Director, Glenn Terry.
I am very pleased to say that we have confirmed two outstanding Australian artists who will lead productions in our 2016 season: Helen Dallimore who will direct A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet and Shannon Murphy will direct Broken by Mary Anne Butler. Shannon Murphy replaces Matt Edgerton who is no longer available due to other commitments.
2015 was a milestone year for Darlinghurst Theatre Company as we now produce and fully fund artists’ work and at award wages. Artists can come to us, pitch a project for production and we now fully produce and resource their work. I am very pleased to say that in 2015 our company employed 62 artists, produced six major productions that played for 198 performances.
Programming of our future seasons of work will continue to be via our public submission process whereby we invite artists to put forward their production concepts for our company to produce. To ensure a balance of male and female artists within our seasons, our company will implement a gender parity policy and our next round of submissions will be announced in January for productions to play in 2017.
The move to Eternity Playhouse was an enormous leap of faith and investment by our company. It involved five years of planning and a $500K investment by Darlinghurst Theatre Company in the development of the new theatre. It has paid off and in our first two years our productions attracted over 44,000 audience members, plus we hosted other arts organisations’ events that attracted a further 10,000+ people. With our move to Eternity Playhouse our subscriber base grew by 400% then by a further 15% in 2015 and it continues to grow.
Our company’s artistic model has evolved and we now maintain an Artist Membership of some 30 peer artists, whose role is to advise on the artistic program and represent the company and its ethos. We believe that theatre is a democratic platform and a place for exploration, different points of view and diverse reflections on our lives society and our existence. This leads us to engage with the artistic community and seek inspiration and collaboration. Our seasons of productions reflect the strength, power and diversity of our artistic community and our commitment to engaging with artists and their visions.
A heart-felt thanks to all who have participated in productions in the last two years as an artist, crew member, supporter and as audience members.
Image: Darlinghurst Theatre Company's 2016 season. Photos by Helen White
Posted 15 Dec 2015