What does a Company Manager do?

The Company Manager works on a variety of different jobs within the theatre. They work closely with all levels of cast and production staff. They act as a link between the Theatre Manager, the production company and the rest of the company. 

What are the main responsibilities?

  • Dealing with phone calls, emails and texts promptly and passing on messages to the relevant people
  • Dealing with any issues that arise throughout the day such as cast members calling in sick
  • Ensure all staff, cast and crew know who is in that day and who will be performing if someone is ill or on holiday
  • Scheduling rehearsals and holidays
  • Deal with health and safety issues
  • Negotiate contracts

What qualifications do I need to be a Company Manager?

You don’t need any formal qualifications, however there are a number of qualifications you can get in different areas which may help you gain skills for the position:

  • Management
  • Administration
  • Theatre productions/ Professional practice
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • English

 Find training opportunities to help you get into theatre here

What skills do I need to be a Company Manager?

  • Be a good communicator and listener
  • Good time management
  • Management skills
  • Organisation skills
  • Problem solver
  • Work quickly and to deadlines

What does a career look like as a Company Manager?

There are a number of different ways you can become a Company Manager. You can begin as part of the admin team, assist the Company Manager and then work your way up. You can even start as Front of House or an Usher and learn on the job about communicating between departments. 

How much can I earn?

A general rate of pay is roughly between £25K and £40K.

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 


Updated: 6th June 2024

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