My name is Emil Thomas, and I am the artistic director of Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square and our in-house theatre company Actors Theatre of Georgia. I recently graduated from Ball State University in Indiana with a degree in directing for theatre, and I returned to my hometown, Atlanta, with a dream of revitalizing a piece of Atlanta’s theatrical history. I have brought a team of passionate, dedicated artists to Atlanta with me, and together we have put together a lineup of shows for the 2017-2018 season that I couldn’t be more thrilled to get underway.
Now that we have established ourselves and our upcoming season, my team and I are hoping to begin building connections with our fellow Atlanta theatres. I am writing to you today because I believe that now more than ever, it is important for us as artists and as humans to reach out to one another and forge those connections. It is an uncertain and intimidating time for our community and our country, and the temptation is to draw inward and focus on our own small corner of the world. But we as theatre artists are in a uniquely powerful position: the very nature of our art is to bring together a group of wildly different people and unite them under a common creative goal.
In the spirit of collaborative creativity and social solidarity, I would like to propose an opportunity for our respective theatre companies to share our work with one another. I will commit to holding ten tickets in reserve for each of the shows at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. Those ten tickets will be available for any Atlanta theatre artist to claim for free. In exchange, I am asking you to commit to the same thing: hold ten tickets in reserve for each of your shows, and allow Atlanta theatre artists to use those tickets to see your shows for free. My hope is that we can begin to build a network of theatre artists and companies in Atlanta who are dedicated to both the Atlanta theatre community and the world as a whole.
I am honored and humbled to be part of such a vibrant, diverse, and passionate community of theatre artists. Let’s tell some stories together.
What we need from you:
- Commit to contributing at least 10 tickets per production to the Atlanta Ticket Exchange. (For example, Actors Theatre of Georgia has six productions this season, so we will be contributing 60 tickets—ten per show)
- The dates and times of every show you want to participate in the Ticket Exchange
- A poster or graphic for every show you want to participate in the Ticket Exchange
- If you have one, a season flyer/poster for your upcoming season
- Some basic contact information so we can keep you up to date and stay in touch
In return, the artists in your theatre community will be able to claim tickets from any participating production in the Ticket Exchange. (So, for example, if you’ve committed your ten tickets per show from your company, your production manager could contact Actors Theatre of Georgia to claim a ticket for Native Son and see the production for free.) We will also put you on an email list for the Atlanta Ticket Exchange, which will keep you up to date on upcoming shows that have tickets available for someone in your team to claim.