"Our theater world is so much better with this book in it, and even better with Cary and Jay at the helm."
–David Stewart, Director of Production for the Guthrie Theater
The Production Manager’s Toolkit is a 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 create effective and successful production managers. With a focus on management theory, advice from top production managers provide insights into budgeting, scheduling, meetings, hiring, maintaining safety, and more. Through interviews and case studies, the history and techniques of production management are explored throughout a variety of entertainment venues: theatre, dance, opera, and special events. The book includes references, tools, templates, and checklists; and a companion website contains downloadable paperwork and links to other useful resources such as unions, venues, and vendors.
This book is written for student and professional production managers.
PART ONE – Hard and Soft Skills
1 – Communication
2 – Relationships
3 – Management Techniques and Theory
4 – Planning and Scheduling
5 – Meetings
6 – Money and Budget
7 – Hiring and Casting
8 – Safety
PART TWO – Connecting it to the Work
9 – Theatre
10 – Opera
11 – Dance
12 – Rock and Roll
13 – Symphony Music
14 – Presenting
15 – Co-productions
16 – Touring
17 – Special Events
Concluding with Balance
Regardless of your profession, whether you’re a Stage Manager or Stagehand, The Focal Press Toolkit Series has you covered. With all the insider secrets, paperwork, and day-to-day details that you could ever need for your chosen profession or specialty, these books provide you with a one-stop-shop to ensure a smooth production process.