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    DescriptionWith hands-on advice and instruction from an experienced actor and theatre director, this pragmatic, authoritative guide to starting a theatre company imparts essential backstage know-how for would-be playhouse practitioners on everything from fundraising and finding a space to selecting plays and successfully navigating tricky legal issues. Chronicling three seasons at Chicago's award-winning Congo Square Theatre Company, this journey behind the curtain reveals the nitty-gritty details of practical issues that are often overlooked amidst the zeal of artistic pursuit, such as how to manage rent, parking, and safety issues; determine tax status and calculate budgets; and find flexible day jobs to help foster artists' creative passion. The guide also provides in-depth analysis of undertaking lofty projects -- such as managing a co-production with a large, established theatre, as Congo Square did with Tony Award -- winning Steppenwolf Theatre Company -- and addresses potential drawbacks, such as handling common weaknesses of the "artistic temperament" that can often lead to a business venture's undoing. Inspired by Congo Square's own unique inception, the valuable how-to also speaks directly to the many under-served niche audiences who decide to create their own companies, including African American, Asian American, Latino, physically challenged, and GLBT communities. Concluding with lists of Equity offices, legal advisers, and important organisations for assistance, this complete resource is sure to help ambitious theatre lovers establish and maintain their own successful companies.


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    Title
    How to Start Your Own Theater Company
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Reginald Nelson, By (author) David Schwimmer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 188
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 250 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781556528132
    ISBN 10: 1556528132
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PER
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.8
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25880
    B&T General Subject: 595
    Ingram Subject Code: PA
    Libri: I-PA
    BISAC V2.8: PER011000
    DC22: 792.023
    BIC subject category V2: ANS
    DC22: 792.02/3
    BISAC V2.8: PER011010
    DC22: 792.068
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: PN2291 .N45 2010
    Thema V1.0: ATDS
    Illustrations note
    24 b/w illus
    Publisher
    Chicago Review Press
    Imprint name
    Chicago Review Press
    Publication date
    22 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago
    Author Information
    Reginald Nelson is the founding board president and former managing director of Congo Square Theatre Company in Chicago. As an actor, he has worked with the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. David Schwimmer is an actor who has appeared in numerous films and TV series—including 30 Rock, Band of Brothers, Friends, Madagascar, and Six Days Seven Nights—and the director of Run Fatboy Run. He is a cofounder and an ensemble member of Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago.