Artist Development


Artist development



At the Basement we take 20%+GST of box office in place of the usual upfront venue hire fee.

Friends with benefits

An intensive, six-month development programme designed for our expansion (mid-level) artists to help launch them onto the International stage. The programme is tailored specifically for each selected participant, with access to masterclasses and industry professionals in their chosen discipline. Artists must have already had three shows programmed at Basement to qualify. 

ideas in residence

For emerging artists. Bring us your idea and we will support you to find the right tools to develop it, whether that means becoming performance-ready, workshop-ready, or just getting it onto the page.


A year-long paid residency for the best up and coming industry connectors.


A programme that offers more than 500 free tickets to theatre each year for our partner schools as well as transport to and from the venue, education packs and Q & A sessions with the artists. 


Opportunities to work alongside the Basement team and be part of the “beating heart of Auckland theatre.” 

New Volumes

New Volumes is a critical writing development programme created by Basement Theatre and Pantograph Punch.

The programme is all about giving emerging writers a chance to experiment with new ways of writing and responding to performance work.

Up to four writers will be mentored as a group across a 12-month period (beginning August 2018), covering three to four shows each throughout the year at the Basement Theatre (primarily through critical writing, but with the opportunity to explore other forms like profiles or features). These pieces will go through a peer-editing process, and be accompanied by a series of workshops looking at a range of ideas, including form, structure, genre and the commercial reality of working as a writer.


Want to put on a show at ours? Mean. Check out our Artists page for everything you need to know.   

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