Witness is a curated website for critical discussion of the performing arts, founded by Alison Croggon and Robert Reid. You can find out more at the About page.
Our aims are:
- To provide informed critique of contemporary performing arts
- To stimulate and nurture community discussion about the performing arts
- To provide historical, social and aesthetic context, and to connect the academic and performing arts worlds
- To make critique sustainable
Write to us on our contact page with the details of your production, including the date that you open, your creative team and the venue.
We can’t get to every show, but we will do our best to cover the diversity of performance available in Melbourne and, if we have the resources, elsewhere. Please note that Witness is Melbourne-based.
We accept sponsorship from our Educational Partners. We are currently partnered with Monash University’s Centre for Theatre and Performance. If you are interested in becoming an Educational Partner, contact Alison and Rob on this page.
FAQs on supporting Witness
The past few years have been very challenging for readers, artists and companies seeking high-quality critical discussion of the performing arts. Major media outlets have savagely cut back their coverage and other independent sites such as RealTime have closed their doors. Witness is an attempt to make the work of high-quality criticism sustainable. Your support will help to make Witness a viable long-term project.
You can find out about our financial strategy and current sources of support here.
You can use either Paypal or credit cards through our secure portals.
Yes, you can. Our annual membership plans can be found on this link. All our monthly memberships are listed here.
Of course you can! If you wish to do so, you can contact Alison and Rob on this page.
Sign up to support Witness through our support pages. Simply choose your membership plan, fill out the form with your details and pay with your credit card or through Paypal, using our secure portals.
We offer Basic, Community, Patron and Educational Institution memberships, which are all paid monthly.
Yes, you can. Go to your Account page, which is under the Community tab on the main menu. You’ll find the option in your Settings.
Yes. Navigate to your Account page (under the Community tab) and then click Settings. There you will find Profile Privacy settings, with which you can control your visibility on the site in member lists and searches. If you like, you can set your profile so only you can see it.
Log in to your Account page (under the Community tab on the top menu). Click on “Membership” and then click on “Subscriptions” on the menu beneath. You will see the various options available. Select the “Update” tab, put in your new information and save.
Yes, you can. Your membership details are available when you log in to your Account page (under the Community tab on the top menu).Click on “Membership” and then click on “Subscriptions” on the menu beneath. You will see the various options available.
Click on “Change Plan”. You will then be able to upgrade or downgrade your membership as you wish. Your new rate will be billed in the month following the change.
Yes, you can. Your membership details are available when you log in to your Account page (under the Community tab on the top menu). Click on “Membership” and then click on “Subscriptions” on the menu beneath. You will see the various options available.
Simply click “pause” to put your account on hold. When you wish to resume, log back in and click “resume”. (Note that resuming may take 24 hours to fully process).
We hope that you never want to! But if you must, your membership details are available when you log in to your Account page (under the Community tab on the top menu). Click on “Membership” and then click on “Subscriptions” on the menu beneath. You will see the various options available. Click “cancel” to stop all future billings.
Note that cancelling does NOT equal an inactive subscription. The subscription will only become inactive once all future billings have ended or been cancelled AND the last transaction associated with the subscription has expired.
The member with the the paying account can manage their sub-accounts by logging into to their “Account” page, selecting the “Subscriptions” link, and then clicking the “Sub Accounts” link for the listed membership. Once there, they are able to add sub-accounts using a form, uploading via CSV or using a signup URL.
Add sub-accounts one-at-a-time by clicking the “Add Sub Account” button. This will display a form for the sub-account user’s username and email. You also have the option of sending password and welcome emails.
Use the signup URL when you want to provide a public link to all the sub-account users that will allow them to sign up for the corporate/group membership. This is a useful feature when dealing with a large number of users. The link can be sent out in a mass email.
Sub Accounts CSV
The only fields needed for the CSV are:
* Username (“username”)
* Email (“email”)
* First name (“first_name”)
* Last name (“last_name”)
Scroll down to the bottom of the email and click “Unsubscribe”. It’s that easy!
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