Our Story

The Basement is Auckland’s culture-defining powerhouse - home to an artistic mixtape of theatre makers, dancers, visual artists, poets, musicians, comedians and everyone in between. We are chocka-block full of original local content - world premieres make up over half of our programme- and we proudly showcase the best new voices and fresh perspectives. 

The beating heart
of Auckland theatre
—Winner of best Theatre, Metro Magazine (2014)

Smack-bang in the middle of a car park in the central city - coming to The Basement is always an experience no matter what’s on.  All tickets are under 25 bucks, so bring a date, because you can shout like a high-roller (and whether you love the show or not, it’ll be a great icebreaker). Come watch sweat drip and spit fly as some of the brightest new talent earn their chops at our place. 

You can’t download theatre - come get something live.

OUR VALUES:

  • We believe arts are vital for life!
  • Between bangin' art and bangin' profit, we'll choose art every time.
  • We are game changers, and we urge others to change it up too.
  • We go hard out for our artists, our audiences, and our community.
  • Our powers combined — collaboration smashes competition.
  • We want everyone to feel at home at the Basement.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • From when we opened the doors in 2008 the Basement has played host to over 500 productions and thousands of artists both onstage and off.
  • Since 2013, we have paid out almost $600K to artists through the Risk Share Model and hosted over 90,000 audience members.
  • In 2016, 90% of our content was New Zealand work, and 80% of the works were world premieres.


 
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PUT ON A SHOW AT BASEMENT

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

OUR PROGRAMMES

RISK SHARE

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

BASEMENT AND BREAKFAST

Early morning play readings of works in development, with feedback exchanged for free coffee and croissants.

THE PRODUCERS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

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

THE BASEMENT SCHOOLS PROGRAMME

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. 

PLAYSCIENCE!

Fully paid workshops for 6 new works programmed in our space per year. 

INTERNSHIPS

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

For more information about any of our programmes, sign up to our artist's newsletter here. 

 

OUR TEAM

Elise - General Manager

Elise - General Manager

Sam - Business & Industry Development Manager

Sam - Business & Industry Development Manager

Gabrielle - Programme and Artist Development Manager

Gabrielle - Programme and Artist Development Manager

Ronnie - Technical Manager

Ronnie - Technical Manager

Faith - Bar Manager

Faith - Bar Manager

Sara - Producer in Residence

Sara - Producer in Residence

Deanna - Schools Programme Co-ordinator & Lovers Liaison

Deanna - Schools Programme Co-ordinator & Lovers Liaison

Ahi - Programming Assistant

Ahi - Programming Assistant

Kate - Marketing Manager

Kate - Marketing Manager

Ali - Box Office Manager

Ali - Box Office Manager

Otto - Theatre Dawg

Otto - Theatre Dawg

Scout - Theatre Dawg

Scout - Theatre Dawg

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