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Technical Management for the Performing Arts
Utilizing Time, Talent, and Money

ISBN 9781138910751
Published December 15, 2015 by Routledge
238 Pages

USD $42.95

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Book Description

Technical Management for the Performing Arts: Utilizing Time, Talent, and Money is a comprehensive guide to the tools and strategies of a successful technical manager. This book demonstrates how you can coordinate personnel, raw materials, and venues, all while keeping a production on a tight schedule and within budget. From concept to realization, through nightly performances, Technical Management for the Performing Arts focuses on the technical and organization skills a technical manager must demonstrate, and emphasizes the need for creativity and interpersonal management of a team.

Table of Contents




CHAP 1 – Meet the Manager & the Triangle


CHAP 2 –Roles

CHAP 3 – Authority

CHAP 4 – Personnel

CHAP 5 – Communication

CHAP 6 -- Specialized communication

CHAP 7 -- Professional Practices & Resources

CHAP 8 -- Employment


CHAP 9 -- Planning & Scheduling

Chap 10 – Analysis & Problem Solving

CHAP 11 – Budgets & Quality Control

CHAP 12 – Putting it all together


CHAP 13 – Looking back as we look forward


    1. Blueprint of a Production
    2. Technical Production Guidelines
    3. Standard Technical Information Package
    4. Scene Studio Safety Form
    5. Scene Studio Standards
    6. Labor Estimation Guidelines
    7. Evaluation Form
    8. Sample Job Descriptions

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Mark Shanda is a professor at The Ohio State University and former resident technical director and Department of Theatre chair. He recently completed a five-year term as the dean of arts and humanities at Ohio State. He is now serving as president of USITT, where he is also Fellow of the Institute. He has authored numerous articles about theatre technology.

A professor emeritus and a former director of theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dennis Dorn functioned in the Department of Theatre and Drama as technical director and/or designer for more than 180 productions. He is an active member and Fellow of USITT, and has been an active contributor to Theatre Design & Technology magazine.