A Theatre Manager oversees the administrative and production-related aspects of a theatre. They can address the financial, marketing and organisational concerns when necessary to ensure the theatre operates successfully.
What are the main responsibilities of a Theatre Manager?
- Develop, review and carry out the theatre’s business plan
- Plan and book a theatre programme ensuring a balance of varied types of productions and take note of which productions are well received
- Liaise and negotiate with production companies to plan the programme of work
- Ensure the theatre programme meets the needs of the business plan by monitoring it
- Manage the budget and ensure you meet the financial and operational targets of the theatre
- Lead a team of staff who are involved in areas such as finance and administration
- Ensure the theatre meets requirements of legislation such as health and safety licensing laws and safeguarding children arrangements (the protection of children and protecting them from harm)
- Plan resources effectively and provide strong leadership to develop the theatre’s role in providing a cultural hub
- Negotiate with any charities and/or funding bodies who are providing financial support to the theatre
- Develop partnerships with other organisations
- Stay up to date with developments and new productions
What qualifications do I need to be a Theatre Manager?
You can become a Theatre Manager with a degree in any subject, however the subjects below would make you an ideal candidate for this role:
- Arts administration
- Arts management
- Business studies/ management
- Drama/ Theatre studies
- Arts in the community
- Creative/ performing arts
What skills do I need to be a Theatre Manager?
- You will be dealing with the public, staff and other related companies, so excellent communication skills is essential
- Organisational skills
- Leadership skills
- Team work
- Attention to detail
- Creative problem-solving
- Work well under pressure
- Business minded to ensure the theatre is profitable
What does a career in theatre management look like?
This role is office based and varies in responsibilities. You can begin in a more general entry level role such as an Office Assistant working your way up the company and gaining skills and experience along the way. This job role requires a lot of responsibility, so you must be someone who is reliable and trustworthy as well as strong headed and organised.
How much does a Theatre Manager earn?
The salary of a Theatre Manager can vary depending on experience and the size of the theatre but a starting salary can range between £18k and £23k. With experience this can increase to up to £30k. However, there are no set pay scales for this role.
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Published: 24 October 2019