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2nd Edition

The Production Manager's Toolkit
Successful Production Management in Theatre and Performing Arts

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ISBN 9780367406363
March 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
312 Pages 94 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

The Production Manager’s Toolkit Second Edition offers an up-to-date, comprehensive introduction to a career in theatrical and special event production for new and aspiring professionals, given by expert voices in the field.

The book discusses management techniques, communication skills, and relationship building tactics to become effective and successful production managers. With a focus on management theory, top production managers provide insights into budgeting, scheduling, meetings, hiring, maintaining safety, and more. Through interviews and case studies, the techniques of production management are explored throughout a variety of entertainment genres including theatre, dance, opera, music, and special events. The second edition includes all new case studies, new chapters, and updated content throughout, showcasing a continued progressive approach to the job and the field. 

Filled with references, tools, templates, and checklists, The Production Manager’s Toolkit is an invaluable resource for students in Production Management, Events Management, and Stage Management courses as well as new and aspiring professionals. 

The book includes access to a companion website featuring downloadable paperwork and links to other useful resources such as unions, venues, and vendors. (

Table of Contents

1. Communication  2. Relationships  3. Management Techniques and Theory  4. Anti-Racist Production Management  5. Planning and Scheduling  6. Meetings  7. Money and Budget  8. Hiring and Casting  9. Safety  10. Theatre  11. Opera  12. Dance  13. Rock and Roll  14. Symphony Music  15. Presenting  16. Co-productions  17. Touring  18. Special Events  19. Pathway Towards a Career in Production Management  20. Balance

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Cary Gillett has worked as a production manager and stage manager in the Maryland/Washington DC area for over two decades. Cary is currently the General Manager of the MD/DC branch of the events and AV production company CMI. In addition, she has worked as a Production Manager for the Baltimore Center Stage, University of Maryland in College Park, Round House Theatre, the Potomac Theatre Project and the Helen Hayes Awards, celebrating theatre in the Washington DC area. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland in College Park, Howard Community College and annual visiting professor at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing. Cary serves as a board member for the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) and is the chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Social Justice (IDEAS) committee.

Jay Sheehan has been overseeing the production management and stage management areas for the School of Theatre, Television and Film at San Diego State University for 23 years. There, he created and leads the Certificate in Entertainment Management Program. In addition to teaching stage management, production management, and live concert production, Jay also oversees all aspects of production for the 8 show main stage and student production season. He is a 30-year member of Actors Equity and spent his early career at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Jay has also held positions that included the Director of Production and Operations for the San Diego Symphony as well as for House of Blues, where he oversaw all operational aspects of the 20,000 seat Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California. Jay currently serves as the Director of Concert Operations for the Richter Entertainment Group, an independently owned live entertainment company that has been producing events internationally since the early 1990s. He is also owner of his own company, Cue One Productions, whose event list includes NFL Super Bowls and Major League Baseball's All Star Game Special Events.