Produce with Us
In line with our mission to sustain an affordable, inclusive, and intimate space that nurtures art and community, the primary producing model that 18th & Union offers is co-presentations. After reading through these guidelines, you can propose a show under this model with the Production Proposal form.
A co-presentation is a partnership that divides responsibilities for creating, marketing, and presenting a show between you and 18th & Union. Preference is given to "portable" performances: shows that have minimal production requirements and can share the space with other performances. We schedule most co-presentations on weekends: Thursday-Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees.
Here's how it works:
- You are your own producer. 18th & Union is the presenter.
- What you to provide:
- The show and a stage manager/board operator to run it.
- All aspects of production, including production materials, artist compensation, royalties, and union relationships.
- You create and print a program (optional). We have templates and graphical assets we can share.
- No rent is required upfront. However, a deposit may be required, which will be discussed during the proposal process.
- What we provide:
- House management, ticket sales, and other administrative services, and run the bar.
- 4 hours of tech rehearsal in the space with our production manager. We can sometimes provide additional rehearsal time in the space on an as-available basis, but it's expected you'll do most of your pre-tech rehearsals elsewhere. Here are our technical specifications.
- A repertory lighting plot with multiple looks and areas. You don't need a lighting designer, and you can't make changes to the rep plot since it's shared with other shows and events. But we have extra instruments and open dimmers, and each show can usually have a special or two. You'll work this out with our technical director at your tech rehearsal.
- Marketing and Ticket Sales:
- Marketing at 18th & Union, just like everything else here, is a 50/50 collaboration between 18th & Union and the artist. The more you market, the better your show will do, especially to people only you can reach (family, friends, followers from other shows you’ve done). See our marketing information page at: http://bit.ly/18UMarketing
- We split the ticket sales proceeds 50/50, with a $135/performance guarantee to the house. In other words, the first $135/performance goes to 18th & Union, the second $135 goes to you, and we split the rest. We will cut you a check for your share about 1 week after your final performance.
- All of our tickets are sold on a 3-tier choose-your-own-price basis, with prices labeled "Discount", "Full Price", and "Give a Little More". We're currently pricing 7:30pm shows at $15/22/28, and late night shows at $12/17/22. But we're open to suggestions for individual shows.
- We're a partner with TeenTix, a membership organization that connects young audiences with arts organizations. Card-carrying TeenTix members (up to age 19) can purchase remaining tickets at the door for $5 each. We do not hold tickets for this program; they're only available at the door if the show hasn't sold out.
- Other Considerations:
- If any performers are members of Actors Equity Association, you must either have an Equity contract or the show must be produced under the Equity Members' Project Code.
- When sharing the space with other shows, each show has to be able to move in and out in 30 minutes.
- We can store small amounts of stuff - costumes, a chair, a few props - between performances. Larger items have to be loaded in and out for each performance. Our lobby chairs and some tables can be used for shows, so we might already have furniture you need.
Check our master calendar for availability before inquiring about specific dates.
Ready to propose a show? Click here!
Does this not sound like the right fit for your project? Check out our rental packages: Rent With Us