Theaterhaus Gessnerallee

VTG – The Audience Association of the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee

Purpose
The VTG is the Audience Association of the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee. It supports professional theatre and dance by advocating the cause of a theatre venue that offers a suitable platform for innovative theatre, dance and musical theatre productions. The VTG has set itself the goal of encouraging and promoting the exchange between theatre professionals and the audience.

Number of Members: approx. 232
Annual Membership Fee: CHF 50.-
Benefactors: CHF 150.-
Companies: CHF 250.-_

History
The VTG was founded in 1986 by a group of freelance culture and arts professionals together with former employees of the Zurich Theaterspektakel Festival. Their aim was to establish a venue for the professional free theatre scene. In 1989, their efforts culminated in the provisional opening of the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee. In a popular vote, the inhabitants of the city of Zurich agreed to the definite opening and to a partial renovation of the building in 1993. In 1995/1996 the structural restoration of the Reithalle building and the southern side wing were carried through thanks the VTG’s engagement and the premises could be customised to suit the artistic, technical and administrative requirements.

Activities
The Audience Association supports the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee through participating in governing the theatre. It has three seats in the Theatre Council, the theatre’s governing body. Furthermore, the VTG makes funds available to the theatre and helps its management in lobbying for various projects, currently for the implementation of a medium-sized stage in the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee.

Member Services
The VTG animates its members to visit the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee. Members of the Audience Association receive the respective yearly preview in advance, as well as regular information about the programme and order forms for theatre tickets. By showing their membership cards, members can purchase reduced tickets, costing CHF 15.- each (until end of season 08/09, later on it's CHF 20.- each - excluding some performances).

If you would like to become a member, please send an e-mail to vtg@gessnerallee.ch.