A Dance Captain is a member of the cast or company who is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the artistic standards of all choreography and musical staging within a production.

What are the main responsibilities of a Dance Captain in a musical?

The Dance Captain works closely with the Associate Director or Director, the Stage Manager and the Choreographer. A Dance Captain differs from a Choreographer as they work with and as part of the ensemble to ensure what the Choreographer has created is up to the standard needed for the show.

A Dance Captain often undertakes the following duties:

Most Dance Captains are also dancers within the show. This means that they might get an Understudy or Swing to play their part on the night so they can watch and make notes on the show. They then use these notes to rehearse with the Dancers and ensure the choreography is maintained. They may also have to help work out who plays what role if someone within the ensemble is absent.

What qualifications do I need to be a Dance Captain in a musical?

A lot of Dancers do not need a formal qualification but formal training could be beneficial to help learn and develop your technique. Your training as a Dancer will help you find opportunities to be a Dance Captain. One of the following training courses could be useful to help you develop the skills needed to become a Dancer and Dance Captain:

See dance training opportunities to help you get into theatre here

What skills do I need to be a Dance Captain in a musical?

What does a career as a Dance Captain look like?

Most Dance Captains begin as a member of the ensemble. The Director and Choreographer will appoint a Dance Captain for the particular piece of choreography. Throughout your career you could then become an Assistant Choreographer and then a Choreographer. 

How much does a Dance Captain earn?

This amount can vary depending on the size of the production, the theatre and the number of tickets sold. Equity rates for 2024/25 state Dance Captains earn an extra £50 per week on top of their performers’s rate. See our blog 'What does an Actor do?' for more details on their pay. 

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less.

See dance training opportunities offered across the theatre industry here

References:

https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/dance-captain-job-explained-77026

https://www.mgcfutures.com/careers/dance-captain

https://uktheatre.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2023/08/070823-UK-Theatre-Equity-Subsidised-Theatre-rates-2023-2026.pdf

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Updated: 23rd May 2024

A Stage Door is the main entry point for performers, staff, and sometimes visitors who are not part of the general audience. The Stage Door team, Keeper or Operator will be the person who ensures the smooth running of this space. 

What are the main responsibilities on Stage Door?

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What qualifications do I need to work on Stage Door?

Whilst there are no specific requirements when working on Stage Door, Many individuals start or do this alongside other entry-level roles such as Receptionist, Security Officer, or Administrative Assistant. These roles provide experience in customer service, security, and administrative tasks.

What skills do I need to work on on Stage Door?

What does a career working on Stage Door look like?

Once employed, on-the-job training will help you understand the specific procedures of the theatre. This includes security measures, communication systems, and emergency procedures. As you gain experience, you may take on more responsibilities or move to larger or more prestigious theatres. Look for job openings in theatres for Stage Door Keeper or similar positions. Theatre websites, social media and industry publications are good places to search, or by talking to Stage Door staff in venues.

Read our blog 'What does work experience in theatre look like' to find out where to start.

How much can you earn on Stage Door? 

Stage Door Keepers can either be paid hourly or they can earn a salary. The team are usually on a rota and can work in shifts to cover the long hours the building is open. This is often minimum wage, being £10-£15 per hour.

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less.  

You can find theatre jobs via The Stage Jobs here 

References:

https://www.artsjobs.org.uk/jobs/search/43442

https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salaries/stage-door-keeper-salary-SRCH_KO0,17.htm

https://www.artsjobs.org.uk/jobs/search/43442

https://www.artsjobs.org.uk/jobs/15436

https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/work-with-us/stage-door-keeper/

Published: 7th June 2024

A Press and Publicity role involves managing the publicity and promotion of theatrical productions to generate media coverage, attract audiences, and enhance the public image of the theatre company or venue. They will often issue press releases to local journalists and national newspapers. 

What are the main responsibilities in Press and Publicity?

See also Social Media Manager and Marketing for similar roles. 

Find training, experience and funding opportunities to help you get into theatre here 

What qualifications do I need to be in Press and Publicity?

Many individuals start their journey by pursuing a degree in a relevant field such as Public Relations, Communications, or Marketing. During their studies, they may participate in internships, extracurricular activities, or student organisations related to Media, Journalism, or the Arts. Building a network of journalists and press contacts is also very useful. 

What skills do I need to be in Press and Publicity?

What does a career in Press and Publicity look like?

Individuals may begin their careers in entry-level positions such as PR Assistant, Communications Coordinator, or Marketing Assistant within PR agencies, media outlets, or arts organisations. These roles provide valuable hands-on experience in media relations, writing, and campaign coordination.

Read our blog 'What does work experience in theatre look like' to find out where to start.

How much can you earn in Press and Publicity? 

Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. Press and Publicity roles can often be combined with other roles, such as Marketing. Working in this area holds a salary of around £25k-£35k. 

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less.  

You can find theatre jobs via The Stage Jobs here 

References:

https://jobs.theguardian.com/job/9020561/publicist-and-administrator/?LinkSource=PremiumListing

https://jobs.theguardian.com/job/8982516/campaign-manager

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfrq92p#zfrwjsg

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/public-relations-officer#:~:text=Starting%20salaries%20for%20PR%20officers,%C2%A325%2C000%20to%20%C2%A340%2C000.

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/public-relations-officer

Published: 7th June 2024

An Archivist  is responsible for managing and preserving the historical records and materials related to the theatre's productions, activities and heritage. This role involves collecting, organising, cataloguing, and preserving documents, artefacts, photographs, recordings, and other materials of historical significance to the theatre. 

What are the main responsibilities as an Archivist?

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What qualifications do I need to be an Archivist?

A degree in a relevant field such as Archival Studies, Library Science, History, or Theatre Studies is often required. Some employers may prefer candidates with a master's degree or postgraduate qualification in Archival Studies or a related discipline.

What skills do I need to be an Archivist?

What does a career as an Archivist look like?

Many aspiring theatre archivists start their careers in entry-level roles such as Archival Assistants, Library Assistants, or Museum Technicians. These positions provide opportunities to gain practical experience in archival tasks and procedures, along with work experience placements.

Read our blog 'What does work experience in theatre look like' to find out where to start.

How much does an Archivist earn?

The Archives and Records Association (ARA) recommends a minimum salary of £30,233 to £35,832 for archivists with experience.

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less.  

You can find theatre jobs via The Stage Jobs here 

References:

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/archivist

https://www.roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/upstage-guides-current/1776/spotlight-on-12

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/archivist

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/careers-in-archives/starting-your-archives-career

https://careerswales.gov.wales/job-information/archivist/job-role

Published: 6th June 2024

A Social Media Manager is responsible for managing and enhancing the theatre's presence on social media platforms. This role involves creating engaging content, interacting with audiences, and implementing social media strategies to promote productions, events, and the theatre's brand. 

What are the main responsibilities of a theatre Social Media Manager?

Find training, experience and funding opportunities in Social Media from across the theatre industry here

What qualifications do I need to be a Social Media Manager?

While you do not need a degree for this role, a degree in Marketing, Communications, Journalism, or a related field is helpful. Also a portfolio of your own work and reference to campaigns you admire is beneficial to talk to employers about. 

What skills do I need to be a Social Media Manager?

What does a career as a Social Media Manager look like?

Starting in roles such as Social Media Assistant, Digital Marketing Coordinator, or Content Creator provides foundational experience. With experience, individuals can advance to Social Media Manager or Digital Marketing Manager roles. An apprenticeship or work experience in a Marketing Department can help you develop in your early career. 

Read our blog 'What does work experience in theatre look like' to find out where to start.

How much does a Social Media Manager earn?

A Social Media Manager can earn an average of £25k - £35k per year.  

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less.  

You can find theatre jobs via The Stage Jobs here 

References:

https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salary/National-Theatre-Social-Media-Manager-Salaries-E36615_D_KO17,37.htm

https://cdn.shakespearesglobe.com/uploads/2022/12/Social-Media-Manager-JD-Dec-2022.pdf

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/social-media-manager

https://www.youngvic.org/sites/default/files/attachments/Social%20Media%20and%20Digital%20Content%20Manager%20Job%20description.pdf

Published: 6th June 2024

The Accounts Manager is responsible for managing the financial activities and accounts of a theatre. This role involves overseeing financial transactions, maintaining accurate financial records, preparing budgets and financial reports, and ensuring compliance with financial regulations. 

What are the main responsibilities of an Accounts Manager?

What qualifications do I need to be an Accounts Manager?

A degree, training or qualifications in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field is typically required.

Search through training opportunities from across the theatre industry

What skills do I need to be an Accounts Manager?

What does a career as an Accounts Manager look like?

Starting in roles such as Finance Assistant, Junior Accountant, or Book-keeper provides foundational experience. With experience, individuals can advance to roles such as Senior Accountant, Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer.

How much does an Accounts Manager earn?

An Accounts Manager can earn anywhere between £27k - £35k per year. 

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less. 

You can find theatre jobs via The Stage Jobs here 

References:

https://opportunities.creativeaccess.org.uk/job/client-account-manager-27779

https://www.theticketingbusiness.com/jobs/agency-sales-account-manager-ambassador-theatre-group-uk/

https://www.randstad.co.uk/career-advice/job-profiles/account-manager

A Licensing Manager is responsible for managing the legal and administrative aspects of securing and overseeing licences for productions. This role ensures that the theatre complies with all licensing requirements and that all necessary permissions are obtained for the use of scripts, music, and other intellectual property. Producers can sometimes take on this role for specific productions. 

What are the main responsibilities of a Licensing Manager?

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What qualifications do I need to be a Licensing Manager?

A degree in Law, Business Administration, Arts Management, or a related field can be beneficial to this role.

What skills do I need to be a Licensing Manager?

What does a career as a Licensing Manager look like?

Starting in roles such as Licensing Coordinator, Contracts Administrator, or Legal Assistant provides foundational experience.

How much does a Licensing Manager earn?

Licensing Managers can earn anywhere from £30k - £40k per year. 

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less. 

You can find theatre jobs via The Stage Jobs here 

References:

https://www.artsjobs.org.uk/jobs/search/36754

https://www.musicweek.com/jobs/read/head-of-theatrical-licensing-vice-president-of-theatrical-licensing/03317

Published: 6th June 2024

The Head of Sales plays a crucial role in revenue generation through ticket sales, memberships, and other income streams. This position involves strategic planning, team management, and collaboration with marketing and other departments to maximise the theatre’s commercial success.

What are the main responsibilities of the Head of Sales?

What qualifications do I need to be the Head of Sales?

A degree in Business Administration, Arts Administration, Marketing, Sales, or a related field can be beneficial, while working your way up to Head of Sales.

Search training opportunities to help you get into theatre here

What skills do I need to be the Head of Sales?

What does a career as the Head of Sales look like?

Starting in roles such as Box Office, Sales Representative, Account Manager, or Customer Service positions provides foundational sales experience. You can advance to roles such as Sales Manager or Marketing Manager before becoming Head of Sales.

How much does the Head of Sales earn?

The Head of Sales can typically earn anywhere between £25k+ per year. 

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less. 

You can find theatre jobs via The Stage Jobs here 

References:

https://parktheatre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Sales-and-Ticketing-Manager-Application-Pack-May-2024.pdf

https://careers.atg.co.uk/job-search/job-detail.html?jobid=224109

https://uk.indeed.com/cmp/National-Theatre/salaries/Sales-and-Marketing-Manager

https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/assets/Head-of-Ticketing-Sales-Job-Pack.pdf

A Chief Financial Officer (CFO) plays a crucial role in overseeing the financial operations and ensuring the economic health of the venue and/or organisation. 

What are the main responsibilities of a Chief Financial Officer?

What qualifications do I need to be a Chief Financial Officer?

A degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, or a related field is required. Professional accounting qualifications are also desirable and can be obtained as you develop in your career. 

Search theatre training courses to help you get into theatre here

What skills do I need to be a Chief Financial Officer?

What does a career as a Chief Financial Officer look like?

You can begin your career in the finance department to build up the necessary experience. Extensive experience in financial management within the arts, entertainment, or non-profit sectors is crucial for securing a job as a CFO. 

How much does a Chief Financial Officer earn?

The national average salary for a Chief Financial Officer across all industries is £112,141 a year. This can be similar in the theatre industry with an expectation of £100k+ for the larger venues and organisations. 

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less. 

You can find theatre jobs via The Stage Jobs here 

References:

https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/royal-shakespeare-company/chief-financial-officer/916188

https://uk.indeed.com/hire/job-description/cfo-chief-financial-officer

https://uk.indeed.com/career/chief-financial-officer/salaries?cgtk=068b8b96-cfe2-4038-bb8d-a4ff987f3a62&from=careeradvice-GB

https://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Salary/Stagecoach-Theatre-Arts-Chief-Financial-Officer-CFO-Salaries-E26455_DAO.htm?filter.jobTitleExact=Chief+Financial+Officer+%28CFO%29

The Executive Director holds a senior leadership position within a theatre organisation and/or venue. This role combines strategic management, operational oversight and external relations to ensure the theatre's success and sustainability. They will often work in joint leadership with the Artistic Director. 

What are the main responsibilities of an Executive Director?

What qualifications do I need to be an Executive Director?

While specific educational requirements can vary, many Executive Directors hold degrees in Arts Administration, Business Management, or related fields. 

Search through training opportunities to find a relevant qualification to become an Executive Director.

What skills do I need to be an Executive Director?

What does a career as an Executive Director look like?

Undertaking any Administrative role in theatre would provide valuable experience and industry knowledge essential for becoming an Executive Director. Extensive experience in senior management roles within the arts or cultural sector, such as General Manager, Director of Operations, Development Manager or even Producing is usually required before stepping into this role. 

How much does an Executive Director earn?

An Executive Director can earn anywhere from £32k - £80k+ per year depending on the venue and scale of work. 

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less. 

You can find theatre jobs via The Stage Jobs here 

References:

https://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Executive-Director-Job-Description-2023-1.pdf

https://www.artsjobs.org.uk/jobs/search/43739

https://www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk/jobs/executive-director?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic

https://cptheatre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/CPT-Executive-Director-JD.pdf

https://www.minervasearch.com/current-opportunities/executiveridinglights/

Published: 6th June 2024

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