Joy Burch, MLA
A $3 million transformation of The Street Theatre to a modern, spacious, creative arts hub was today opened by Minister for the Arts Joy Burch.
Upgrades include a new rehearsal venue, new seating in the main theatre, improved acoustic treatments, a new box office and cafe, expansion of the foyer space and additional administrative spaces.
"This wonderful upgrade not only supports the makers of theatre, dance and music but also provides new opportunities for Canberrans to come to shows or visit the cafe and soak up the atmosphere," Ms Burch said.
Ms Burch said a key priority of the ACT Arts Policy Framework was to enhance existing arts hubs to build vibrancy, support best practice and to increase access and participation in the arts.
"This investment in arts infrastructure is about planning for our city's artistic needs, and forms an important part of the ACT Government's vision to establish arts hubs in Canberra.
"I hope that with the expanded facilities, including additional rehearsal space, the Street Theatre will continue to grow into a thriving performance arts hub."
The Street Theatre is the centre for independent and locally produced theatre and performing arts activity in the ACT and presents more than 40 ticketed productions each year.
"This is a significant milestone for the Canberra arts community and I commend Monarch Building Solutions for turning a vision into a reality."
To build on the arts hubs vision, the 2013-14 Budget the ACT Government allocated $1.5 million in 2013-14 to establish a music arts hub at the Ainslie Arts Centre and $1 million over two years for capital upgrades at the historic Gorman House Arts Centre.