How Theater Managers Manage

How Theater Managers Manage

By (author) Tess Collins


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The job of the theater manager has always been an intricate part of the theatrical community. Collins investigates the job in terms of such daily activities as supervising staff, interacting with unions, facility management, show personnel, providing customer service, and dealing with financial concerns and restraints. This easy to use how-to guide includes examples of important documents and useful forms that can be adapted for venue use. Interviews with theater managers reveal how to come up with creative solutions to problems when resources are inadequate or non-existent.

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 156 x 228.1 x 20.1mm | 476.28g
  • 01 Jul 2003
  • Scarecrow Press
  • Lanham, MD
  • English
  • footnotes, index
  • 0810846837
  • 9780810846838
  • 1,752,045

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Author Information

Tess Collins has worked for the Shorenstein-Hays Nederlander Organization in theater management for more than 25 years. She managed the Golden Gate, Orpheum, and Curran Theaters in San Francisco.

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...a very practical and straightforward guidebook to the business of running a community theater. From dealing with unions, to the nuts and bolts of determining ticket prices, to a sample budget, to building forms, and a great deal more How Theater Managers Manage is an invaluable resourceful guide which is very highly recommended for anyone starting out in theater management, or who is contemplating the business side of theatrical management theater. Library Bookwatch ...a solid primer for anyone considering theater management as a career and a helpful mid-career review for the professional manager. Appendixes provide a variety of helpful procedural outlines, daily operation and performance forms, information data sheets, emergency and security measures, and sample budgets. CHOICE How Theater Managers Manage is a valuable resource for the field. The job of the theater manager has always been an intricate part of the theatrical community and will be a necessary component in the 21st Century which will blend new technology with old challenges in both front of house and backstage. -- Veronica Claypool, Managing Director, Theater Development Fund Tess Collins' book should be the bible for every theater manager. -- Maria A. Somma, President, Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, LOCAL 18032 This book is more than an eye opener to this specialized world - it's a total and complete education for theater management. How Theater Managers Manage makes an impact on the reader because it combines theory with reality, experience with examples, and challenges with proven solutions. This book is a must read for anyone associated with the theater, and for those who simply enjoy the results of great theater management, it's a privileged peek behind the curtain into this unique and mysterious world. -- Pat Mayfield, President of Pat Mayfield Consulting, LLC Essential reading for the manager in training and invaluable continuing education for the seasoned professional. Tess Collins' book is packed with clearly explained information that will help make you a better manager. Well written and entertaining. I'd recommend this book without reservation. -- Douglas C. Baker, General Manager, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles and Chapter Chair, A.T.P.A.M. Board of Governors

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