The 501


The 501, now in its fourth season, is a membership society for patrons who wish to enhance their performing arts experience while also supporting the arts at Mercyhurst. Members enjoy exclusive benefits, including premium seats at star-studded performances, exclusive pre-show receptions, special events, and more.

For the 2020-21 MIAC Live season, each 501 membership is for two people and entitles the bearers to:

  • Two tickets to The 501 Virtual Gala on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, which will include performances by MIAC guest artists; catering by Make It Fabulous, delivered to your doorstep; and more.
  • First access to tickets for all 2020-21 MIAC Live performances, including Mike Super, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Matthew Morrison.
  • Two premium seats to two performances of your choice during our 2020-21 MIAC Live season.
  • Exclusive pre-show receptions before Matthew Morrison.
  • Two tickets to The Summer Soirée on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, which will include a cocktail reception and cabaret performance by Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley.
  • Name recognition in all MIAC Live playbills for the 2020-21 season.

Ready to join The 501? Secure your membership today! If you have any questions about The 501 or the 2020-21 MIAC Live season, please call 814-824-2663. Memberships will be processed in the order in which they are received.


Our 501 Summer Soirée will be headlined by legendary, multi-award winning actress/singer Betty Buckley, whose career spans theatre, film, television and concert halls around the world.

Ms. Buckley recently headlined the national tour of the new Broadway production of Hello, Dolly! She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and received her second Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love. She received an Olivier Award nomination for her critically acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway.

On film, Ms. Buckley recently co-starred with James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, earning a Saturn Award nomination for Best Featured Actress. Other film credits include her debut in Brian de Palma’s screen version of Stephen King’s Carrie, Bruce Beresford’s Tender Mercies, Roman Polanski’s Frantic, Woody Allen’s Another Woman, Lawrence Kasden’s Wyatt Earp and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening.

On television, she recently co-starred in the third season of AMC’s hit series Preacher. She also guest starred on The CW hit Supergirl, the NBC series Chicago Med, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, and HBO’s The Leftovers, The Pacific and Oz. She also starred for four seasons as Abby Bradford in the hit series Eight is Enough.

Ms. Buckley tours in concert worldwide with her ensemble of musicians and in 2015 was featured in the Royal Albert Hall concert of Follies in celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday. She has recorded 18 CDs, including Ghostlight, produced by T Bone Burnett, Story Songs, and Stars and the Moon: Betty Buckley Live at The Donmar, for which she received a Grammy nomination. Her latest album, Hope, was released in June 2018.


A Look Back at the Summer Soirée