A theatre Producer oversees all aspects of a theatre production. They are the starting point of everything. They raise investment from backers, find the venue, hire the creative team and have a say in casting and design. Their role and duties change constantly.
What are the main responsibilities of a Producer?
- Look after the finances and manage how the budget is spent
- Negotiate and issue contracts
- Organise and manage technical, stage management and workshop functions
- Agreeing projects and financial backers
- Agreeing production timelines
- Setting ticket prices and influencing the marketing strategy
- Holding regular meetings with Directors, creative teams and Artists
- Ensuring legal compliance such as copyright law, insurance liability, payroll and tax
As well as opportunities on the Get Into Theatre website, you can search jobs through The Stage Jobs.
What qualifications do I need to be a Producer?
There are no specific qualifications required to become a Producer, however a degree or diploma in a media-related subject will really increase your chances of work. It’s essential to have a creative portfolio of any previous experience you have.
What skills do I need to be a Producer?
You will need a detailed understanding of the management and technical process involved in theatre production. Other related skills you should have are:
- Business management
- Communication and collaboration
- Financial planning
- Problem solving
- Time management
- Event management/ organisation
What does a career as a Producer look like?
Some Producers begin with an apprenticeship as a starting point to learn new skills and gain experience. You can gain a position within a company and gain skills in different departments such as part of the production team before working your way to a Producer position. People often start initially as a Producer within a company before then perhaps starting up their own production company. Have a look through our opportunities in producing here.
How much does a Producer earn?
A Producer (in general) can earn an average of £37K per year. A salary for a theatre Producer can be competitive and differ depending on experience.
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Published: 19 June 2019