Theatre Management is a term which encompasses many activities undertaken by individuals or groups involved in the running of a theatre. The term Theatre Manager is used to describe a number of roles. Theatre managers often act as an artistic coordinator and/or artistic guide for a theatre group, as well as acting as the group’s secretary and general manager. A theatre manager, also known as a general manager, director, or plan holder, is the head of a theatre. They typically also have the additional responsibilities of an executive producer but any such position is typically only in place as a by-product of the theatre group’s artistic direction.
Theatre managers are typically found within the lower budget theaters. Their duties include such things as the communication of information about productions, scheduling of shows, budgeting, bookings, and so on. It is also the theatre manager’s responsibility to set up the theatre location, make sure that the theatre rental has been paid in full, provide budgetary support for the various aspects of the theatre, and handle all payments associated with the theatre’s use of equipment and materials. Generally, the theatre manager is in charge of the entire operations of the theatre itself, though some theatres employ “top operators” as managers to take on certain specific tasks, such as those involved with the renting of the stage or setting up on-site furniture. Regardless, of whether the theatre is employing “top operators” or individual theatre managers, most theatre managers are in fact, head stage managers.
A theatre manager is in charge of the venue, set design, cast, props, and costumes for a given production. They also oversee the construction of the stage itself, supervising its construction and ensuring that all of the necessary equipment and furniture has been obtained. As part of their job description, they must also be responsible for hiring the various crew members required for running a theatre: lighting technicians, sound technicians, stagehands, etc. As well, a theatre manager is also in charge of the hiring of the stage makeup artists, so he or she must also be adept at selecting the appropriate makeup artists for a given production.
Some theatre managers oversee the entire operational staff of the theatre itself. In this case, the theatre manager makes all of the day-to-day decisions, including hiring of staff, the hiring of theatre supplies and equipment, and supervising their use. If a particular staff member performs poorly, for whatever reason, the theatre manager must also be in contact with that staff member in order to rectify the situation. It may be preferable, however, for theatre management to hire a small number of highly qualified staff members for the sole purpose of performing theatre managerial duties, such as directing, lighting, sound, stage installation and design, among other things.
theatre managers are generally elected by the entire membership of the theatre management Association, and they are appointed for a term of four years or more. During their term, a theatre manager must conduct an annual general meeting to receive feedback regarding the performance of the theatre itself, as well as the performance of the individual theatre members. He or she must also make any necessary changes to the theatre facilities, hire or otherwise, and schedule concerts and events as needed. Additionally, he or she must also give notice of the cancellation or rescheduling of such events.
Although a theatre manager is responsible for quite a few different aspects of the theatre operations, he or she must also have skills in many different fields, such as communication skills, public relations skills, marketing skills, bookkeeping skills, finance, scheduling and purchasing. Each of these areas requires many different interpersonal skills, which makes a theatre manager a unique individual. For instance, a theatre manager needs to know how to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people. He or she must know how to give strong instructions, follow them up, and know how to handle employees’ behavior. Likewise, a theatre manager’s marketing skills include knowing how to effectively promote the theatre itself, its upcoming shows and plays, as well as its past performances. And of course, the theatre manager must be financially savvy, as well as able to organize and manage the group as a whole.