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Getting Into Theater Management – Where Do You Start?

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Theater Management is a term that is used to refer to the field of work that involves supervision and/or training of the persons who run the operations of a theater or any other similar venue. This person(s) can either be a technical manager, an actor, a director or a casting director. The latter two groups are mostly found in film and television productions, although some have found employment in other venues as well. The person running this type of theater management will be responsible for not only running the day to day workings of the theater or facility but also for hiring and supervising the staff that is on hand at the various performances and other events.

Many times, the theater manager or his assistants will be required to travel with the various actors, actresses and musicians from anywhere in the world. Because of this, it is very important that this person has excellent interpersonal skills. He or she must be able to deal successfully with a variety of people and be able to communicate effectively at all times. Most often, theater managers have to find a way of keeping their temper while dealing with angry and volatile people on a regular basis. It is also necessary to be extremely organized and detail-oriented since running this type of business requires a great deal of organization.

Since theater management is a hands-on position, it is necessary for the individual to have excellent organizational skills and a wide knowledge of all of the different facets of the theater business. A manager must be able to handle and coordinate all aspects of running a theater smoothly, from marketing the show to running the daily operations. Having a proven method of success is extremely important since it allows the theater manager to delegate duties and responsibilities to people that he or she knows and trusts. This ensures that each job is done correctly and that all people involved are happy with the decisions that are being made.

Having a degree or a certificate in a related field such as advertising, management, economics or marketing is always a positive addition to any resume. Not only does it show potential employers that you have a foundation of knowledge and experience, but it also gives you a distinct edge over other individuals applying for the same position. Some employers also look favorably upon someone who is willing to talk about their successes and goals, especially in terms of managing and operating a large company.

Before applying to become a theater manager, it is important to create a list of things that you will be responsible for. Write down your goals for the coming year and then figure out what you will have to do to meet those goals. Determine what skills you have that you can use to make your job easier and delegate tasks accordingly. Some people might prefer to focus on marketing or guest relations while others would prefer to handle the technical aspect of the theater. You might be interested in learning more about small or large venues, how to increase the profitability of each venue and attracting new people to the theaters. Other things to consider include marketing strategies, attracting local customers and creating publicity campaigns.

If you have any special talents such as being artistic or skilled in a certain field, then take advantage of that knowledge by getting involved in that field. However, you should know that being an effective theater manager requires you to be very organized. Most people who manage theaters don’t have much creativity so stick to the basic functions of the job and try to delegate duties whenever possible. Also remember to be collaborative by helping each other achieve goals and helping each other develop skills.


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