In this "Decade of the Negev" The Beer-ShevaTheatre is fulfilling its vital cultural role as a living thriving and challenging catalyst for change
As the development of the Negev continues with the establishment of new communities growing towns, large scale transfers of army bases, military personnel and their families, the theatre is using all of its talents and resources to strengthen, support and provide the cultural and artistic experience essential for a healthy society. Founded in 1973 as a non-profit organization with a vision to create a unique theatre strongly connected to the communit
Today there are around 450 performances each year, more than 12,000 subscribing members, 2000 university students and more than 3000 school children participate in Theatre activities. Over 150 actors, artists,producers and support staff are employed and this allows the retention of these talented individuals to remain in the Negev. The Theatre represents a rich opportunity for creating dialogue between sectors of society such as new immigrants, elderly, youth, Jewish and Bedouin.
By ensuring access for those with disabilities and staging of productions by actors with
special needs, the Theatre strives to improve accessibility to the arts for all.
The Beer- Sheva Theatre leads its own social-cultural initiatives and also supports The Larry and Lilian Goodman Acting School, The Fringe Theatre and The Ethiopian Plays Festival.Nowadays, the Theatre is developing strategic programs including establishing a children's theatre, a theatre for and with people with disabilities and initiatives promoting spheres of shared society In summary for residents of the Negev the our Theatre is much more than a cultural venue. It has enabled the South to develop its own creative voice and to be heard. The impact of The Beer- Sheva Theatre reaches far beyond the main stage.